Moving to O.C.? Leave snake at home
If you want a pet snake, don't move to Ocean City. This week, the Ocean City Council denied a request from a man who wanted to move to town with two pythons, saying city laws must be obeyed. The city charter prohibits keeping "snakes, alligators, crocodiles or other reptiles or any animal not considered a domesticated household pet within the corporate limits of Ocean City." These pets can be kept if a special permit is issued.
Eagle's Landing to open Tuesday
Eagle's Landing, Ocean City's new scenic 18-hole golf course off Route 611 in West Ocean City, is scheduled to open Tuesday. Golf pro Craig Stadler will be on hand to demonstrate the game and to sign autographs, and golf pro Andy Loving will give lessons. Eagle's Landing will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Downtown parking banned on weekends
Beginning this weekend, parking will be prohibited on the west side of Baltimore Avenue downtown from 5 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. the following Monday. Parking had been allowed until 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, but the policy was changed when many cars remained there after 5 p.m. and had to be towed. Since early May, more than 130 cars were removed, Ocean City Police Chief David Massey said. Violators were charged a $75 towing fee and also received a $30 parking ticket.
Police discourage offensive T-shirts
Ocean City police are asking boardwalk shop owners not to display T-shirts with offensive decals. Ocean City has no laws on obscene T-shirts, but under state law, offensive T-shirts may not be sold to minors. Police said they are depending on shop owners to cooperate. Attorney Guy Ayres, who represents the city, said it's difficult to regulate T-shirts because what's profane to one person might not offend someone else.
New post office scale for weighing packages
The post office on Fifth Street and Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City has a new weighing and rate unit, a computerized scale that allows a customer to weigh a package and find out how much it will cost to send. The unit is in the front lobby, which is open 24 hours. It can weigh a package up to 70 pounds. Once the package is weighed, a customer can buy stamps from a vending machine in the lobby and drop the package in a parcel slot.