Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ocean City Under Winter Storm Warning

(January 21, 2014) – Ocean City is currently under a Winter Storm Warning.  According to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA, Ocean City will experience snowfall accumulations between 5 to 8 inches and north winds averaging 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 40 to 45 miles per hour.  Light snow will begin by noon and continue through the early afternoon.  The period of heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday afternoon through the evening.

The Town of Ocean City’s Winter Storm Plan is in effect and the Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.  Liberal leave for Town of Ocean City employees has been authorized as of 2 p.m. today and all Ocean City Recreation and Parks programs scheduled for this evening have been canceled.  Also, the regularly scheduled Mayor and City Council Meeting for tonight has been canceled, however; all items on tonight’s agenda will be rescheduled for the January 28 work session or the regular session on February 3.

Due to the combination of heavy snow, gusty winds and very cold temperatures, travel is strongly discouraged late today and tonight. If you must travel, please use extra caution and follow these winter driving safety tips:



Town of Ocean City Administrative Offices Closed for Holiday

mlk(January 17, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that the administrative offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The normal trash pick-up schedule will be in effect. The regularly scheduled meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21.

Town of Ocean City Offering Ocean Front and Ocean Side Residents Plants for Secondary Dune Area


(January 16, 2014) – For the eighth year in a row, the Town of Ocean City will be offering Beach District Plants to the public for planting in the secondary dune area.    The plants being offered are hardy plants that tolerate the harsh environment of the ocean front areas.   In addition, these plants provide habitat enhancement, food and shelter, water quality treatment and erosion control to the secondary dune area, which tends to be overlooked.

“We began this program to help the health of the beach and address an area behind the dune which was in need of attention,” said Town of Ocean City Environmental Engineer Gail Blazer.  “The plants are very beneficial to the stability of the dune system and help with erosion and scour.  Our residents and property owners love the program and it benefits the environment and the beach, so it is a win for everyone.”

Applications are now being accepted, however, the deadline for all applications is February 15.  Ocean front and ocean side residents will have the opportunity to order plants that will need to be picked up at a predetermined date and time. Suitable plants to add to a secondary dune area include beach grass, bayberry, rugosa rose, beach plum, high tide bush, red cedar and panic grass.

For more information or to receive and application, please contact Gail Blazer in the Town’s Engineering Department at (410) 289-8825 or



William Manuel Retires After Nearly 34 Years with Town of Ocean City

(January 14, 2014) – William Henry Manuel has retired after nearly 34 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Manuel, who joined the Town’s Public Works Department in 1980, has spent his career working as a solid waste worker.

Manuel’s formal responsibilities included operating solid waste equipment, working closely with colleagues in the collection of waste and refuse and properly disposing of recycling and waste products. He also worked closely with supervisors to report violations and communicated with customers on his route.

“I am very fortunate for the career I have had with the Town of Ocean City,” Manuel said.  “It has truly been a pleasure serving the residents and visitors of Ocean City. I will miss many of the relationships I built during my time here, especially those of my colleagues at the Town of Ocean City and within the Public Works Department.”

Manuel, a graduate of Snow Hill High School, plans to enjoy his family during his retirement. “I am going to enjoy my retirement with my family and friends. I am looking forward to pushing the “snooze” button on the alarm clock now that I don’t have to be at work so early.”


John Holloway & Larry Sackadorf Retire After Nearly 27 Years with Ocean City Fire Department

(January 14, 2014) – John Holloway and Larry Sackadorf have retired after nearly 27 years with the Ocean City Fire Department.  Both men, who joined the Town’s career division full-time in 1987, have spent their careers working as firefighter/paramedics. In addition to Sackadorf’s work as a career employee, he also served as a line officer in the volunteer division where held the positions of lieutenant and captain.

While Sackadorf’s formal responsibilities included providing emergency first response to the residents and visitors of Ocean City, he also served as a field training officer and was a liaison between the Town of Ocean City and the National Aquarium, as a member of the Marine Animal Rescue Program.  During his career, he developed the SAMBOX project at Northside Park and established and organized the 911 Boardwalk Parade in Ocean City.  He served in the positions of secretary and treasurer in his years as a volunteer and acted as executive board member of the local International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

Throughout his career, Sackadorf obtained numerous certifications in the fields of fire suppression and EMS.  He is a nationally recognized paramedic and is certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced pre-hospital trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support and FADO pump operations.  He was a rescue technician, hazardous materials technician and aerial operations specialized.  Sackadorf also obtained his master diver scuba certification and served as captain of the Ocean City Recovery Underwater Search Team.

“I want to thank all of my co-workers and city officials for the continued support that I have received over the past nearly 30 years of my involvement with the fire department,” said Sackadorf.  “I hope to see the Town continue to grow and to remain a great place to vacation and a wonderful place to live.”

Holloway’s formal responsibilities also included providing emergency first response to the residents and visitors of Ocean City. In 2000, Holloway was in the first group of Fire/EMS career division employees to be promoted to Lieutenant. During his time with the OCFD, Holloway served on the Worcester County Health Department Crisis Response Team Advisory Board.  One of his many career highlights includes being appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich to Maryland Fire Rescue Training and Education Commission, which he was reappointed to by Governor Martin O’Malley.

“It has been an honor to serve with some of the most professional, dedicated and skilled paramedic/firefighters in the service,” Holloway said.  “Many of my proudest accomplishments have come as a member of the Fire/EMS career division. I would like to give a special thanks to everyone who made my career so fulfilling and rewarding. Especially those at the beginning of my career, who taught me, mentored and guided me and gave me this opportunity to serve.”

Holloway and Sackadorf will both continue to serve the community, as Holloway has accepted a position as a supervisor for the Snow Hill Fire Department and Sackadorf has accepted a position with the Berlin Fire Department.