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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say a small plane has landed on a beach.

Ocean City police said on its Twitter page that the small plane made an emergency landing at around 6:19 p.m. on Tuesday. The department says the plane went down in shallow ocean waters near 21st Street

The department says one person onboard the aircraft was evaluated by paramedics and released.

Police spokeswoman Ashley Miller says the Maryland State Police will investigate the incident.

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A new Hilton hotel is scheduled to go up in Ocean City by next year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will be located on property formerly occupied by Planet Maze and Lost Galaxy Golf along Coastal Highway.

The building called Tru pitches itself as an affordable place to stay for millennials.

It will feature smaller rooms but will include an indoor pool and a large community space.

In addition, the lobby will provide workspace and breakfast area along with a section for games.

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A lawsuit has been filed against Ocean City after one of its trams dragged a woman some 20-to-40 feet along the boardwalk.

Mona and Gregory Jones are asking for $75-thousand in addition to attorney’s fees when Mona was allegedly struck and dragged by the vehicle in September of 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the suit says the incident occurred when two trams were approaching her from opposite directions.

The paper reports that the filing says defendant Dina McCoy lost control of her tram and struck Mona.

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It's that time of the year for the planes to fly over Ocean City. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin prepared this report on the weekend's air show.

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Richard Bowers is officially Fire Chief for Ocean City.

The town council confirmed his appointment yesterday.

Bowers replaces Chris Larmore.

He announced his retirement in February and has served as a member of the Volunteer Fire Company for the last 27 years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was appointed to chief in 2008 that oversaw for the first time both career and volunteer fighters.

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A suspect has been taken into custody for the stabbing of two people on the Ocean City Boardwalk over the weekend.

Authorities have arrested 19-year-old Harold Rafael Nunez-Dominguez of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that resort officials credit the town’s City Watch program that provided photos and video evidence in quickly identifying the suspect.

He has been charged with two counts of assault in the first and second degree as well as two counts of reckless endangerment.

Nunez-Dominguez is awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania.

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Ocean City authorities are looking for a suspect in a stabbing on the boardwalk that took place on Sunday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Caroline Street and the Boardwalk in which two people were stabbed.

Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned black male with a dark colored t-shirt, torn knee length denim shorts and white tennis shoes.

Authorities also say the suspect had at least one accomplice who both fled the scene.

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The family of 57-year-old Thomas Lawlor is suing the Maryland state police, a trooper, state of Maryland and Ocean City for his death after being struck by a patrol car during Summer Cruisin’ in 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lawlor was hit by Master Trooper James Price while Lawlor was cross Coastal Highway at 76th Street.

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a personal watercraft in the Ocean City Inlet over the weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the agency was contacted around 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon about a man who was unable to swim although he was wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard said that the man was pulled out of the water around a 100 yards from his craft.

The man said he had been in the water for around 30 minutes.

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Punkin Chunkin could be firing off the famed pumpkins into the ocean.

Ocean City officials have given their initial okay to host the vent in early November.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor and Town Council voted to support plans for the event by promoter TEAM Productions LLC.

But it’s not a done deal.

City officials note that there are issues of cost especially if the insurance is too high.

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The Ocean City Mayor and Town Council has lost their appeal in its fight with Nathans Associations  over who owns Dumser’s Dairlyand on the boardwalk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals ends the legal controversy.

The court found that the city had not proved that it actually owned the structure.

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The Tanger Factory Outlet location in Ocean City has been sold.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company yesterday announced it has sold four of its non-core outlet center for a total of $130-million.

The other properties are located in North Carolina, Utah and Iowa.

The paper reports that the buyer of the Ocean City location has not been disclosed.

Tanger has owned the location for the last ten years and has put in $3 million to renovate the outlets.

The popular site in Rehoboth Beach will, however, stay open. 

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There were miniature plastic wind turbines on display as supporters of clean energy rallied outside the House of Delegates in Annapolis.

They were backing the Clean Energy Jobs Act as it got its first legislative hearing.

The measure is sponsored by state Senator Brian Feldman who told a news conference that the economic and environmental benefits of the bill were “a no brainer”.

The measure requires that Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard be doubled in the next ten years with 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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For those who visit the boardwalk Dumser’s Dairland has become an iconic ice cream shop in the Ocean City.

And the Court of Special Appeal has turned down Ocean City’s motion to take another look at its decision against the resort.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the court said the resort had not provided enough evidence that it actually owned the building on the boardwalk.

When the Rapoport family’s last 25 year contract expired in which Ocean City had given them to permission to build the structure the resort ordered them to vacate the premises.

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Ocean City is taking its case to Maryland’s highest court over the Boardwalk establishment of Dumser’s Dairyland.

At issue is: Who owns the land where it is located.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the issue of ownership began in 2016.

There had been two 25-year contracts for the Rapports and their heir who were allowed to build the shop and an apartment on the property.

When the second contract ran out Ocean City told the family that they had to vacate the property.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A light earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Maryland.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday evening in the Atlantic Ocean, about 136 miles (219 kilometers) southeast of Ocean City, Maryland. No tsunami warning has been issued.

In a Facebook post, Ocean City town officials said emergency officials were monitoring the situation but had not observed any effects from the quake.

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Ocean City is once again telling the federal government it does not want seismic testing that is used for offshore oil and gas exploration.

WBOC reports Mayor Rick Meehan and the city council sent a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Meehan told the television station that the testing may do harm to the marine life.

The Trump administration late last year gave the okay for the use of seismic air guns to look for oil and gas deposits along the Atlantic coast.  

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A judge has ruled a Maryland resort town can continue for now to enforce an ordinance prohibiting topless women in public while a lawsuit challenging the ordinance continues.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports Chief Judge James Bredar of the U.S. District Court of Maryland ruled Tuesday in the case involving Ocean City.

Officials had passed the emergency ordinance in June, and several women filed suit earlier this year against the city. The woman argued it was their constitutional right to appear topless in public, like men.

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A new report finds that the Eastern Shore will be far more susceptible than other parts of the state to sea level rise if the emission of greenhouse gases continue to increase over the next 100 years.

That’s according to new projections by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

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There may be a movie part for you.

The crime-thriller “To Avenge” is set to be shot in Ocean City and producers are look for some extras.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Casting 360 needs actors for the roles of reporters and a limo driver.

For the reporter the pay is $250 while the limo driver will offer up 300.

The limo driver role requires a white female between the age of 25 and 45.

The reporters’ role are open to all 25 years and old.

The film is the story of a young woman who is brutally assaulted.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A federal judge said he will decide in coming days whether to suspend a Maryland beach town's ordinance prohibiting topless women in public.

The Baltimore Sun reports that U.S. District Judge James Bredar will decide whether to stop Ocean City from enforcing its ban until a lawsuit on the issue is resolved.

Five women sued the town earlier this year saying they had the right to appear topless in public like men.

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Ocean City is making an effort to cut down on the amount of cigarette butts lying around in the resort.

Ocean City and the Maryland Coastal Bays Program have been given $2-thousand each to install cigarette butt receptacles on the west end of the boardwalk.

That will run from the Inlet to 27 street.

WBOC reports that the money comes from the Worcester County Health Department.

They will be distributed to local businesses for free if they will in turn install them and keep them clean.

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The holiday season is coming to Ocean City this week.

Winterfest of Lights will have its 26th annual opening on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with the Winterfest of Lights Magical Tree Lighting Ceremony at Northside Park’s Winterfest Village.

The lighting which is free to the public will see the mayor flip the switch lighting up the 50-foot Christmas tree.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that all rides will be free during the ceremony.

On December 1st the Winterfest of Lights will also include the Ocean City Christmas Parade.

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A sail boat ran aground last Saturday night in Ocean City.

Authorities rescued a man and a woman as the vessel hit the beach near 135th street.

WBOC reports that neither were injured.

The U.S. Coast Guard is now investigating the incident.

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Ocean City is set for Endless Summer Cruisin’.

It will feature hot rods, customs and classics rolling through the streets of the resort.

The Ocean City police will be out in force this weekend and will be aided by other agencies in the region.

WBOC reports there will also be a special event zone.

That means there will be a speed limit of 30 mph on Philadelphia Avenue and Coastal Highway.

The fines for violations will also go up.

The special event zone will last until Sunday.

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“Disruptive” and “disappointing”.

Those were the words of one Ocean City official to describe the gathering of car enthusiasts for the unofficial H2Oi event over the weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were 26 arrests on Friday and 37 on Saturday.

Most of those were for peace and order crimes.

There were also a few DUI arrests.

The paper reports that by noon on Sunday there were 17 more arrests bringing the total to at least 80 for the weekend.

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The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City will be getting some repair work done over the next three years.

The problem is rust due to the weather which could produce some structural damage.

WBOC reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration said it should not be of any great concern to motorists.

Officials added they do not expect any closures while the work is being done.

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The 2017 Coastal Bay Report Card has given its high grade ever from Ocean City down to Chincoteague.

It is the first time that the inland bays received an overall grade in the B range.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the grade for the inland bays over the last four years has remained a C-plus.

But this year it inched up to a B-minus.

Bill Dennison, a professor of Marine Science at University of Maryland, told the Salisbury Daily Times that this was the first time in 32 years that the report has gotten over the hump.

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Delmarva may be able to avoid the heavy damage of Hurricane Florence as the storm has shifted southward more towards the Carolinas.

Scott Schuman with the National Weather Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the region appears to have been spared major problems.

A moderate storm surge is expect along the Maryland and Virginia coasts.

But expect high winds of up to 35 mph as the storm approaches the coastline.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A man was injured in a spear gun accident on a boat off Maryland.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Coast Guard got a distress call about a man injured by a spear gun on a boat off Ocean City. A helicopter and two boats responded.

The helicopter got there first and sent down a rescue swimmer to provide medical care until a boat got there.

He was taken to a Coast Guard station before he was sent to a Baltimore hospital.

Further information on his injuries wasn't immediately available.

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