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Maryland state officials are expressing concern and calling for an investigation into incidents on videos that have surfaced from the weekend. One shows an Ocean City officer jamming his knee into the side of a young man who is face down on the ground. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with state Senator Mary Beth Carozza who represents the Lower Shore counties about the incidents.

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Plans for offshore wind farms has not settled well with some along the coastal communities of Maryland and Delaware. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Jeremy Firestone, professor and director of the Center for Research in Wind at the University of Delaware, about the impact of such operations beginning with their aesthetics and effect on tourism. (Part 1)

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As the crowds gather in Ocean City for the tourist season local restaurants are still coping with the coronavirus including restricted seating and positive tests among employees. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, says owners are still hopeful despite the virus.

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As tourists flock to Ocean City many of the resort's restaurants reopened for business. But a number of them closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, described for Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush the efforts by these restaurants to keep ahead of the virus. (Part 1)

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s most popular beach destination is set to reopen its shore this weekend after being closed for more than a month to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. News outlets report that Ocean City officials decided Monday to allow beaches and the boardwalk to open Saturday. City Council Secretary Mary Knight has suggested the city will allow visitors from out-of-town to spend the day at its beaches in addition to local residents. But a spokesman for the governor confirmed that day-trippers would go against the statewide stay-at-home order.

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The tourist season is expected to take a serious hit this summer with the restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. And, none more so than Ocean City with the closing of its Boardwalk businesses. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel, Motel and Restuarant Association about the prospects for this summer. 

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Legislative efforts are now underway in the Maryland General Assembly to curb the excesses of the event known as H2Oi.

The unsanctioned event that takes place in Ocean City has resulted in more than 15-hundred citations and over 121 arrests along with widespread reckless driving.

The measure would add reckless driving to the Special Event Zone law that would range from excessive and abrupt accelerations or braking to grinding gears or carrying a passenger on the hood or roof of the vehicle.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Hundreds of residents of Maryland and Delaware packed a public hearing held over the weekend to solicit opinions on offshore wind projects.

At least 700 people attended the hearing of the Maryland Public Service Commission on Saturday in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reported that the hearing was part of the commission's inquiry into impacts related to changes in the turbine sizes originally anticipated for use in two company's offshore wind projects.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Ocean City has playfully invited Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to vacation there after the couple said they would step back from royal duties.

The coastal city tweeted Wednesday that its "castles may not be as grand as those back home," but it's "a great place for any family looking to take a break from it all.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reported Friday that city officials weren't available to comment on whether the couple responded to the offer.

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Ocean City is changing the dates of its Sunfest this year in an effort to avoid coming at the same time as the unofficial gathering of car enthusiasts known as H2Oi.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the town event will now take place from Oct. 1st through the 4th.

Because this is a Leap Year the previous dates would have pushed Sunfest into the same weekend as H2Oi.

Last year when the car event took place in September there were some 121 arrests with some 15-hundred citations in addition to clashes breaking out among the participants.

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Construction of a meteorological tower for US Wind’s offshore project has been delayed.

WBOC reports that the tower is part of the wind farm that will be locate 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City.

The installation was to take place in the summer was delayed by Hurricane Dorian and a contract failure among other issues.

The company promised that the wind farm was still on track but that delays of this type are to be expected in projects like this.

The wind farm has been met with concerns about the impact on the resort – especially when it comes to tourism.

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Hotel owners in Ocean City want to end barring pets on the boardwalk during the tourist season.

Currently, they are only allowed from October 1st through April 30th.

Adam Showell the general manager of Castle in the Sand told WBOC that the ban impacts the plans of the hotel guests.

The Hotel Motel Restaurant Association will be going to the Mayor and City Council to see if they can get the ban lifted.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Developers of two planned wind farms off Maryland's coast now plan to build turbines more than 200 feet (61 meters) taller than initially proposed.

The revised plans are prompting another round of public review the projects, which received state approval in 2017.

Maryland's Public Service Commission issued an order last month reopening the case for public comment. Those comments are due by Friday.

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Ocean City is looking at increasing its parking rates.

WBOC reports these include rates at the Inlet and municipal lots as well as street parking.

City Engineer Terry McGean says that the resort’s taskforce is considering a number of options.

The efforts are designed to meet the services that are required during the busy tourist season.

But the make thing easier the resort is also considering making week day parking free during the shoulder season.

In addition, more street parking may be made available as well as offering certain types of discounts.

Just as Ocean City emerges from last weekend’s chaos that was the unaffiliated H2Oi motor event the same group is planning to crash a separate motor event within the next two weeks.

Endless Summer Cruisin’ takes place on October 10th.

WBOC reports that the Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzoro says that the resort is already looking for ways to deter the bad behavior of last weekend.

The television station reports that more than 700 people have signed up online from the unofficial H2Oi group to be in Ocean City for Endless Summer Cruisin’.

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Ocean City is bracing for the unofficial event known as H2Oi this coming weekend when thousands are expected to flood the resort.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the town has set up an Ocean City Motor Event Task Force.

And Police Chief Ross Buzzuro has said that he officers would exercise a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the motorist about to descend on the resort.

In addition, he said his department plans to partner with other law enforcement agencies to deal with the event.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A beached whale that initially drew a large crowd of Maryland oceanfront onlookers is dead.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore sent a team to Ocean City on Sunday morning to assess the condition of the juvenile sperm whale.

The aquarium said in an afternoon news release that aquarium veterinarians determined the whale has died. It says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Ocean City police will remove the animal from the beach. The department will perform a necropsy to determine what happened.

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There was a record of 389 boats that went out on Monday for the start of the 46th annual White Marlin Open.

They included the Catch 23 owned by basketball star Michael Jordon.

A 74-pound white marlin was brought in yesterday by Nathan Walker with the Virginia based Chasin Tail.

WBOC reports that vessel arrived at 4:30 p.m. shortly after the 4 o’clock opening of the scales.

The boats are allowed to be out in the ocean from 8:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.

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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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