After more than a month’s stay in Ocean City, the Galeon Andalucia will be departing the resort early on Friday, September 5. With a sunrise departure planned for as early as 6:15 a.m., the 16th century vessel is expected to begin its journey to the Baltimore area.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the event,” commented Special Events Director Frank Miller. “The El Galeon offers a unique draw to our residents and visitors. Having the opportunity to tour the only Galeon class vessel sailing the open seas today while visiting Ocean City, its boardwalk and beach is a rare experience.”
According organizers from the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation, several thousand visitors stepped aboard the ship during the five week stay in Ocean City. “Although final numbers are not available, it was a well-attended experience with thousands of tickets sold,” Miller continued. “Locals and tourists from as far as Canada and a handful from abroad, with ages ranging from 3-years-old to 102, toured the Spanish vessel, so it was clearly an event for all ages.”
Along with the regular admission, the tall ship hosted several school groups from the lower shore during the past several weeks. “The ability to open the ship to school groups had several benefits,” Miller finished. “The students had an opportunity to step back in time, meet and interact with members of the Spanish crew, and complete special projects custom-designed for the Galleon by the teachers which made the visit fun and educational.”
If you wish to watch the vessel depart Maryland’s eastern shore, plan to be near the inlet and bay no later than 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. The departure window is based on weather and tidal conditions so the Galeon Andalucia is expected to be underway between 6:15am and 7:30am.
To view more information or to check the ships schedule, please visit: http://www.tallshipevent.com/Home_Page.html.
(September 2, 2014) – The Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) recognized the Town of Ocean City’s Boardwalk maintenance crews for a job well done over the summer season on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. This marks the tenth year the OCDC has publicly recognizing the efforts of the Public Works crew beneath the Boardwalk Arch at N. Division Street.
The Boardwalk employees, who are responsible for everything from sweeping and grooming the sand to emptying the hundreds of trash cans both on the Boardwalk and in the downtown area to ensuring everything’s working properly in the comfort stations, were presented gift bags provided by Boardwalk merchants, hoteliers and restaurateurs, which includes many OCDC members. In addition, special envelopes were compiled with various gifts from merchants that will be given to employees throughout the year for special recognition.
“The Boardwalk wouldn’t be the same without the hard work of our Boardwalk employees,” said Vicki Barrett, the chair of the OCDC’s Boardwalk Committee. “Most of their work in unseen by our residents and visitors but it is noticed by the businesses that depend on a clean beach and Boardwalk for a successful summer each year.”
This year, more than 15 businesses donated to the Boardwalk Employee Appreciation ceremony. Following the ceremony, the employees were treated to pizza from the landmark Tony’s Pizza and subs from Pizza Boy. “We have a very dedicated and hard working group of individuals who help keep Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach in tip-top shape for our residents and visitors to enjoy,” said John VanFossen, Deputy Director of Public Works. “It is quite an honor to have our local business community recognize their hard work and commitment to the Town, especially the downtown area.”
(September 2, 2014) – Knowing your address might seem like something that should have been learned in elementary school, however; the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Department insists that all too often callers don’t know their location. The address, which may not seem like a “must know” to visitors, can be critical for first responders during emergency and lifesaving response time.
“Most of our visitors disregard the address where they’re staying as soon as they arrive,” said Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald. “Once they turn off their GPS and park their car, they are officially in vacation mode, which is exactly what we want. Unfortunately, if one of our visitors is in need of medical attention or calls 911 for emergency response, they often times don’t know their location and it can be quite challenging for our personnel to try to determine where they are located rather than immediately sending help their way.”
Also, due to the decreased use of landline telephones, Theobald notes that emergency dispatchers are not able to get an exact location for callers. “Most of our calls come from cell phones, and while they do give GPS locations, it is often inaccurate,” Theobald continued. “Unless they are calling from a landline, the GPS does not give an exact location and this greatly delays getting our visitors help.”
The Emergency Services Department is currently working with the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association to make addresses more visible for visitors, as well as inform customers to know their address when they check-in. Owners of rental properties are encouraged to display a complete address, including the name of the building, on the back of the front door of their rental. Lastly, visitors are encouraged to know where they’re staying.
“We certainly hope our visitors never need to call us,” Theobald finished. “But in the worst case, if they need us during their trip to Ocean City, we want to be there for them and we want to be there fast.”