Monthly Archives: May 2012

OC Patriotic Celebration set for Memorial Day

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OC Patriotic Celebration set for Memorial Day

Ocean City, MD — Show your patriotic pride.  As part of Ocean City’s Memorial Day Weekend Celebration be a part of the unfurling of one of the largest ceremonial American flags in the U.S.  Beginning at 12 noon on Monday, May 28, the flag will be unfurled across the beach at North Division Street with visibility up and down the boardwalk.

The Big Flag is 45,000 square feet and covers one entire football field when fully deployed.  It weights 850 pounds and requires a minimum of 250 people for a presentation.   If you would like to volunteer to assist in the waving of the flag, please be on the Boardwalk at N. Division St. at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

For more information, call 410-798-6304.

Ocean City hires new city manager

Ocean City, MD – The Ocean City Council has approved the hiring of David Recor as the new City Manager. Recor will begin his position with the Town on June 11. Recor comes to Ocean City from Fort Pierce, FL, where he had served as city manager since 2008.

Before becoming the city manager of Fort Pierce, a city located on Florida’s east coast with a population of approximately 44,000, he served as that city’s deputy city manager from 2005 to 2008.

His prior experience includes serving as deputy director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Fairfax, Va.; deputy planning director for the Town of Hilton Head Island and various other public sector managerial and administrative positions.

He is a graduate of James Madison University and received his Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University.  Recor is a credentialed manager with the International City/County Manager Association.

“We are pleased to welcome David Recor to the Town of Ocean City,” said Council President James S. Hall. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in municipal government management and we look forward to having him on board.”

Donna Abbott appointed Tourism and Marketing Director

Ocean City, MD – Donna Abbott has been appointed to the position of Tourism and Marketing Director for the Town of Ocean City.   Abbott’s appointment was approved at the May 15, meeting of the Ocean City Mayor and City Council.  Abbott has served as Interim Tourism and Marketing Director since late February 2012.  She was selected from among a robust field of candidates in a national search process conducted by the Town’s Human Resources Department.

A 15-year Town of Ocean City employee, Donna has held increasingly responsible positions in the Town’s Communications and Tourism departments, most recently as Communications Manager responsible for public relations activities, website content, media relations and general communications regarding events, operations and programs of the Town.  Previously, she managed the public relations programs for the Tourism Department working closely with the Town’s advertising agency and tourism marketing campaigns.

A graduate of Towson University with a BS in Mass Communications, she held editorial and publication management positions in both print and radio media prior to her employment with the Town in 1997.

“The Town of Ocean City is fortunate to have such a capable individual available to lead the effort of marketing Ocean City as a premier vacation and event destination.  Donna has demonstrated her commitment to Ocean City through her public relations efforts and successful media promotional campaigns.  She has a complete understanding of the strategies necessary to generate positive marketing growth for the Town with its visitors, residents and businesses,” said Mayor / Interim City Manager Rick Meehan.

OC Beach Lights Spectacular and Fireworks to light up the beach in Ocean City

Ocean City, MD — The sphere is getting near!  Coming this summer to Ocean City, MD is the new and exciting free event for the entire family, OC Beach Lights Spectacular.  This show features lasers, lights, video, music and special effects all displayed on a five-story giant beach ball.

The show will be lighting up the beach at North Division Street three times a night every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.  Show times are 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  The premier show will be Sunday May 27.

In addition to watching the show you can be a part of it.  While in and around Ocean City snap some pictures of you and your family and friends having a great time and email them to  Then watch the show on Sunday night to see if your photo makes it onto the big screen.  Pictures will be updated weekly, so keep having fun and send in your pictures.

Plus there’s more.  Tuesday nights throughout the summer there will be fireworks on the beach.   Fireworks will be lighting up the sky over the south end of the boardwalk Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.  The first show will be Tuesday May 29.

For more information about these new events, call 410-798-6304 or visit  Both events are part of the Ocean City, Maryland Summer of Thanks, presenting a summer filled with free events and activities to say thank you to the town’s visitors.

Additional free events and activities include weekly Concerts on the Beach on Wednesdays; Movies on the Beach on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Family Beach Olympics on Tuesdays; Sunset Park Party Nights on Thursdays; Sundaes in the Park on Sundays and morning programs at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. For more information on all of the Summer of Thanks activities, visit

Ocean City to hold Community Hurricane Preparedness town hall meeting

Ocean City, MD – A Community Hurricane Preparedness town hall meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue. The public is encouraged to attend this town hall meeting during National Hurricane Awareness Week.

This is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about hurricane preparedness, including how Ocean City tracks storms, evacuation planning, shelters and individual and family preparedness planning.

“Ocean City has an emergency operations plan for the community and we continue to urge our citizens to have plans for their households,” Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said. “This community meeting provides an excellent opportunity for families to find out how they can be prepared during hurricane season.”

Director Theobald will be joined by the Ocean City Department of Planning and Community Development, who will address issues regarding mitigation planning and flood insurance issues.

For more information about the hurricane preparedness town hall meeting, call 410-723-6616.