Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ocean City Earns Two Spots in Top Five Best Shows by Sunshine Artists

The Town of Ocean City celebrates its creative edge with Sunfest and Springfest placing top honors in Sunshine ARTIST Magazine’s 21st Annual 200 Best Shows list. Both events made the 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows list with Sunfest placing first and Springfest earning the fifth place spot.

“We are honored to have both our arts and craft festivals in Sunshine ARTIST magazine’s craft shows list top five.” said Frank Miller, Special Event Superintendent for the town of Ocean City. “This town and its staff work hard to make our special events the best they can be and everyone who supports Ocean City’s efforts should be proud of this accomplishment. We will continue to provide proof that Ocean City is a great place to live and enjoy whether you are a resident, visitor, vendor or entertainer.”

The 39th annual Sunfest will take over the Inlet Lot September 19-22, with four days filled with live entertainment, arts, crafts, delicious food and plenty of family fun.  Admission to the four-day event is free, including entertainment with the exception of the headline acts.

Headliners start on Thursday night with Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis. Friday night will be two country stars, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. Saturday night, The Beach Boys will rock the Sunfest tent to a sold out crowd. Tickets are on sale at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Box Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by contacting TicketMaster at 1-800-551-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. The Beach Boys are sold out.

For more information, visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/specialevents.html.

 

Ocean City Finishes Summer with Laser Light Show Finale

Although school is already in session, for many Ocean City residents and visitors the upcoming Labor Day holiday marks the official end of summer. To ensure that summer ends on a “bright” note, residents and visitors can view the grand finale of the laser light show, which will be held on Sunday, September 1, on the beach at North Division Street.

“The laser light shows have grown into one of most popular events that we offer,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “This summer we offered a free laser light show for our residents and visitors every week and the grand finale this Sunday is going to be the best show yet. If you are in or near Ocean City this weekend, you won’t want to miss it!”

The laser light show features a five story tall inflatable sphere with a visual laser, lighting, special effects, video and audio production, all located along the Boardwalk. In addition to the grand finale show on Sunday, an additional laser light show has been added for Saturday night, August 31. Each show is approximately eight minutes in length and begins at 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://ococean.com/events/oc-beach-lights.

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Town of Ocean City Named Google 2013 Google eCity Award Winner

The Town of Ocean City has another award to add to the mantle, as Google recently named the resort town a 2013 eCity winner.  The Google eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state, according to Google’s website.

“This is another positive example of how our community is thriving, both online and off,” said Ocean City Mayor, Richard Meehan.  “Our local business owners do a great job connecting virtually with our visitors and our residents to promote all of the wonderful things Ocean City has to offer.”

Google worked with an independent research firm, Ipsos MORI, to analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states.  The city with the highest scores in each state was designated a 2013 Google eCity. 

For a full list of 2013 eCity winners, visit http://www.google.com/economicimpact/ecities/index.html#MD.

O’MALLEY, FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF OCEAN CITY BEACH REPLENISHMENT PROGRAM

Program has prevented an estimated $717 million in storm-related damages

Ocean City, Md. (August 19, 2013) ─ Governor Martin O’Malley joined federal, State and local officials on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ocean City Beach Replenishment Program and Hurricane Protection Project. The program, a joint effort between Maryland, Worcester County, Ocean City and the Army Corps of Engineers works to improve recreation, defend the city against storms and provide a foundation for hurricane protection.

“Congratulations to our federal, county and city partners on a quarter century of working together to support one of our greatest economic engines and recreational resources,” said Governor O’Malley. “Since 1991, this project has prevented $717 million in property damage from storms like Irene and Sandy. But it also protects something that cannot be measured in dollars and cents: The continued opportunity for Maryland working families to enjoy their place in the sun and to make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Senator Ben Cardin, State Senator Jim Mathias, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church, and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, along with representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corps of Engineers gathered at 27th Street and the Boardwalk to recognize the dedicated partners and staff who have managed the project and celebrate its successes. 

“Beach replenishment is about protecting Maryland’s beaches, protecting Maryland’s jobs and protecting Maryland’s economy. It is a long-term investment that must be made every year,” Senator Barbara Mikulski said in a statement. “Since its completion, it has repeatedly demonstrated its value by preventing more than $700 million in damages over the last 25 years. Most recently, it successfully protected the residents of Ocean City and Worcester County from Super Storm Sandy. Beach replenishment is proven to protect public and private infrastructure and jobs. That’s why I’ve fought so hard to put funds in the federal checkbook for Ocean City beach replenishment.”

“Twenty-five years of protecting Ocean City’s beaches has proved to be invaluable, especially during recent hurricane seasons. Congratulations to all those who have kept this private-public partnership going strong,” said Senator Cardin. “Maryland’s premier beach resort is less vulnerable today because of our efforts, but these programs must be continued and expand for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the regional economy.”

The Ocean City Beach Replenishment was completed over time in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with Phase I designed to enhance the beach for recreation purposes, protect the city against 10-year frequency storms, and provide the foundation for Phase II, 100-year hurricane protection.

Since then, the partners have spent $83.8 million ─ $21 million of which came from State funding ─ on dredging, sand placement, construction and periodic renourishment. The next scheduled nourishment project will be in Winter/Spring 2014. An additional $11 million has been spent on maintenance and monitoring. The Corps estimates the project has prevented $717 million in damage since 1991.

“Beachgoers aren’t cheering the fact that Ocean City and Worcester County Governments have each invested nearly $9.7 million into beach replenishment,” said County Commissioner Church. “They aren’t championing the State of Maryland for matching our local investments, nor are they singing the praises of the federal government for dumping $43 million in labor and resources into beach replenishment. In fact, they probably don’t even know we’ve partnered to dump 2.2 million cubic yards of sand to strengthen the Ocean City shoreline from 3rd Street to the Delaware State Line. They just know our beaches are fun, safe and beautiful.”

“Over the past 25 years there have been a lot of time, energy, teamwork and money put into the Beach Replenishment Project,” said Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan. “However, if you recall the impact that Superstorm Sandy had on the east coast, and the minimal damage that we experienced here in Ocean City, you realize the true value of the project. You realize that this very big investment that we made in 1988 is much more than a sea wall and sand dunes, but it is a shield to our town and our citizens.”

“The beach replenishment program is an example of the partnership coming together, federal state and local.” said Rep. Ruppersberger. “Our Maryland delegation is totally focused on what we need to do.”

Officials also took the occasion to dedicate the city’s new Boardwalk. The Town of Ocean City completed the reconstruction of its famous boardwalk in spring 2013, yielding a stronger structure to allow heavier vehicles and fire trucks to ride the entire length of the boards. 

Ocean City is one of the East Coast’s most popular family vacation destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors annually. Ocean City’s 10-mile beach is the main attraction, with the world-famous Boardwalk close behind. Both the beach and the boardwalk have drawn national accolades, making top 10 lists in USA Today, the Travel Channel, National Geographic Woman’s Day, Sherman Travel, Triple A and Trip Advisor among others.

Last Chance to Register for Ocean City University’s Fall Semester

The Town of Ocean City is accepting applications for the fall semester of Ocean City University.  Residents and visitors can learn more about the Town’s municipal government and the services it provides by attending a series of courses that offer citizens a diverse background on Ocean City. Classes are free and are offered in two semesters.

Classes are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning September 12. The ten week course will cover a number of topics, including public works, public safety, tourism and finance.

“The goal of Ocean City University is to provide a better understanding of government’s role and relationship with citizens and continue to build the relationship between government and citizens to improve quality of life,” said David Recor, City Manager for the Town of Ocean City.  “We hope this course gives citizens a sense of ownership in government actions because we believe informed citizens can make a difference in the community.”

A minimum of 15 students must be enrolled in the course. To sign up, visit www.oceancitymd.gov or call Diana Chavis at 410-289-8887.