Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases

Beauty Spot Award nominees sought

bay(June 18, 2014) -The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominations in eight categories in which someone can win a 2014 Beauty Spot Award, including residential, condominium, retail, hotel, motel, commercial, restaurant and Boardwalk. Only nominated properties will be judged.  Help is needed by the Beautification Committee in finding those special properties that are evidence of civic pride and community beauty.

A property can be nominated by anyone– the resident or owner of a residence or business, a relative, neighbor, friend, customer or just a passerby. Once all nominations are in, the Beautification Committee will travel around town to view all the nominated properties.

Judging is based on plants, flowers, trees, shrubbery, grasses, design, layout, etc. that complement the property. Even those properties with little or no ground in which to plant can imaginatively use containers, planters, window boxes, hanging baskets or something else to improve the “curb-side” appeal of their property can be nominated. Also, those who make an effort to beautify unattractive areas such as dumpsters, electric boxes, etc., can be recognized. The winners, with their awards, will be presented in the fall at a Mayor and City Council meeting.

To nominate a property, please call Donna Greenwood, chairperson, at 410-289-7060, mail nominations to OCBC, Department of Recreation and Parks, 200 – 125th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842 or email to before the July 5, 2014 deadline. Please be sure to include the property owner’s name, correct street address and a contact phone number, as well as your name with a phone number so that the location and information can be verified.



Ocean City Hosts Coronel of Brazilian Beach Patrol

(June 16, 2014) – Ocean City welcomed a prominent guest this week, as the leader of Rio de Janeiro’s 1,500 member Beach Patrol made his way from the beautiful beaches of Brazil to the quaint eastern shore of Maryland.  At Monday night’s Mayor and City Council meeting, Coronel Jose Maria de Andrade, who will spend the week in Ocean City observing, learning and training with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, was presented with a key to the city.

Coronel Andrade arrived in Ocean City on Sunday, June 15, just in time to participate in day one of the Ocean City Beach Patrol’s final 2014 Surf Rescue Academy.  Participating alongside 41 rookie Surf Rescue Technicians, Coronel Andrade will be learning all aspects of surf lifesaving.  In addition, part of his time in Ocean City will include aspects of the Beach Patrol’s organizational structure, including the command structure, training, equipment, evaluations and interactions with other town departments and public safety agencies.

“We are thrilled to host Coronel Andrade and feel extremely privileged to use our training and knowledge to improve safety on the beaches of Brazil,” commented Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald.  “Our Beach Patrol has assisted in establishing beach patrols in South Padre Island, Texas and has provided technical assistance and guidance to many other surf lifesaving agencies around the world and throughout the United States. We are extremely honored to begin this partnership with Coronel Andrade and the Rio de Janeiro Beach Patrol.”

The partnership between the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Rio de Janeiro Beach Patrol was proposed last winter when OCBP alumni Mark McCleskey learned that an average of 7,148 people drown each year in Brazil, equaling nearly 179,300 deaths over the past 25 years.  Knowing that drowning is one of the most preventable causes of accidental death, McCleskey believed that a partnership between the two beach patrols would result in an essential exchange of information from the Maryland coast and the beaches of Brazil.

McCleskey, who currently lives in Annapolis, facilitated and financed the visit with his Brazilian business partner, Octavio Rezende Filho. “We certainly must thank Mr. McCleskey and Mr. Rezende for their passion and desire to make a difference in water safety and surf lifesaving,” Theobald continued. “We are hopeful that the information and training Coronel Andrade receives in Ocean City can be implemented in Rio de Janeiro to improve water safety and save lives.”

Ocean City Beach Patrol and Public Safety Partners Search Water for Swimmer

The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) and public safety partners responded to a water rescue this afternoon in the area of 92nd Street and the beach.  The call came into Ocean City Communications at approximately 2 p.m. for a submerged swimmer.


The initial report indicates that the swimmer, a 17-year-old male, was caught in a rip current and became submerged under the water.  Ocean City Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Techniciasn were the first to enter the water and were later assisted by multiple public safety entities.  The water rescue included approximately 30 rescue swimmers, from the OCBP and Ocean City Fire Department, as well as personnel from the Ocean City Police Department, United States Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resource Police and Maryland State Police Aviation.  In addition, a single engine air craft participating in the OC Air Show also offered assistance in the air during the search.


The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, was treated on scene by Ocean City EMS personnel and then transported to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. As we enter into a very busy weekend, the Ocean City Beach Patrol reminds beachgoers to check in with the lifeguard on duty every time you come to the beach.  The lifeguard will inform you of current conditions in your area of the beach, including signs of inclement weather, rip currents and dangerous shorebreaks.



First white marlin of the season reeled in on June 11

June 13, 2014 – The first white marlin of the season was reeled in this week, as angler John Henry, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, landed the catch on Wednesday, June 11. The marlin was caught while the crew of the “No Worries” was fishing between Baltimore and Poorman’s Canyons. The fish, which was estimated at around 90 pounds, was released after the catch.

As the angler reeling in the fist white marlin of the season, Henry will receive a $5,000 prize awarded by the Town of Ocean City. The prize money will be awarded in the fall at the Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual awards banquet.



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(June 12, 2014) – This summer, following the success of last year’s campaign, OC Walk Smart! partners are expanding the effort in Ocean City, and along Delaware’s beaches.  Last year’s campaign saw a 50 percent decrease in pedestrian related crashes as well as no pedestrian fatalities along Coastal Highway. This year, Crab the Lifeguard dons a bike helmet and talks about bicycle safety and crosses State lines to impart the rules of the road to keep pedestrians safe.

Partners hope to witness continued improvement in Walk Smart’s second year.  “With Ocean City’s sound reputation as a safe, fun family resort, we are happy to continue and expand the Walk Smart! campaign,” said Mayor Richard W. Meehan.  “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our Ocean City Police Department, public works and the strong partnership with the State and private businesses, we are keeping residents and visitors safe on our roadways.”

Coastal Highway carries up to eight lanes of traffic and more cars, pedestrians and bicyclists during the summer months than in all nine months of fall, winter, and spring.  The Town of Ocean City has one of Maryland’s largest populations during the summer, with a changing population each week.  Family trips to Ocean City are a long-standing tradition for many beach-goers.  The primary goal continues to be the safety of the town.

“No matter where our travels take us, the rules of the road must prevail. As drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, we need to stay alert and place safety first, use cross walks and share the road. Drive smart, walk smart and bike smart – so that everyone arrives home safely,” said Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “We thank Ocean City and Delaware for being such strong partners in the Walk Smart! campaign, and for their leadership in traffic safety.”

SHA will once again team up with the town of Ocean City, Ocean City Police Department, and other local businesses and agencies to reiterate the importance of pedestrian safety through the three E’s of safety: engineering, education and enforcement.

The Maryland crab lifeguard illustration will again remind pedestrians to use crosswalks, follow signals, and exercise general street smarts.  It will appear on Ocean City transit, plane banners, boat billboard messages, roadside billboards, television and radio public announcements, and in local businesses.  This summer, the crab also appears at Delaware beaches along US 1.

“Delaware is eager to be a part of the Walk Smart campaign this year, and hopes that through consistent messaging, we can remind everyone of the importance of pedestrian safety and following the rules of the road,” said Delaware Office of Highway Safety Director Jana Simpler. “Pedestrian safety is a national issue, and grassroots outreach like the Walk Smart! effort, is an important tactic in helping to drive down pedestrian fatalities and injuries.”

Engineers constantly monitor and evaluate the roadway system retiming signals, enhancing turning movements at intersections, placing “no pedestrian crossing” curb stencils and installing signs in key areas along Coastal Highway to direct pedestrians to safe crossings.  Vigilant police enforcement and education by both Town of Ocean City Police and Maryland State Police address drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who are not following the rules of the road.

“Our officers are dedicated to keeping Ocean City’s roadways safe,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross C. Buzzuro.  “We realize that traffic safety is public safety, and even the smallest error such as stepping off the curb at the wrong place can have tragic consequences.”

Walk Smart this summer with these helpful tips:

  • Cross at and within marked crosswalks.
  • Look, pay attention, and then cross.
  • Follow all traffic signal signs and marking.
  • Use the sidewalk-do not cross in the street.
  • Wear light colored and reflective clothing at night so drivers can SEE you.
  • Stay alert- even though you are not driving, pedestrians can still fall victim to distraction.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks- it’s Maryland state law.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.  It’s illegal to text and use handheld devices while driving.
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions.
  • Share the road with bicyclists and remember to leave a distance of three feet when passing.

Tips for Bicyclists:

  • Follow the rules of the road, stop at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Ride in direction of traffic on the road.
  • Ride sober.
  • Avoid distractions and pay attention – you may not carry anything that prevents you from keeping both hands on the handlebars and you may not wear a headset or earplugs that cover both ears.
  • Stay visible; use a lamp when riding after dark.
  • Wear protective gear including a helmet.

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