18th Annual Mayor’s Open House features Downtown Association


(December 16, 2013) – Start off the New Year with a visit to the Ocean City Mayor and City Council’s 18th Annual Open House, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day at City Hall, located at 3rd St. and Baltimore Avenue. The Mayor and City Council’s Open House, which has been a community tradition since 1997, offers a different theme each year. This year’s theme focuses on the “Come Walk All Over Us: The Ocean City Downtown Association.”

Mayors and City Council members, both past and present, are invited to attend and will be on hand to greet visitors to the Open House.  Once inside, visitors can view the pictorial history of Ocean City displayed throughout the halls of City Hall.  Outside the festively decorated City Hall, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department will have equipment on display and also back by popular community demand will be the mounted police and canine units of the Ocean City Police Department.

“The Open House offers the perfect opportunity for our citizens to visit City Hall and meet with the elected officials that have served over the years,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan.  “It is also a great opportunity for us to highlight an organization in our community that has had a tremendous effect on the downtown community. This year, who better to feature than the Downtown Association, who advocates and promotes programs that enhance and improve the quality of life in Ocean City for both residents and vacationers?”

The Downtown Association was formed 35 years ago by downtown business owners who were concerned about a variety of issues.  Some of the issues, which included parking and street lighting, still remain important to the organization today.  “The Downtown Association has a strong history, with some of Ocean City’s most influential citizens were founders of the Downtown Association,” continued Meehan. “They have had a significant impact on the community, drawing tourists and residents to the revitalized downtown area.”

The Open House also offers storytelling sessions and this year will feature many of the Downtown Association past presidents and members, including Lauren Taylor, Nancy Howard and Tom Allen. A complete schedule of storytellers will be available the day of the event.  Entertainment by Brian Russo and light refreshments will also be provided for visitors.  For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.