Businessmen see less vacation spending
Visitors to Ocean City are reacting to the economy by spending less, local businessmen say. Ocean City Councilman Jim Mathias and Gold Coast Mall manager Jim Whittemore said tourists are spending cautiously.
Volunteers needed to keep dunes clean
Anyone interested in helping to keep the sand dunes in Ocean City clean may join the volunteer Dune Patrol. Volunteers adopt a three-block area and clean out litter that is trapped in the beach grass. Call 289-8221. The dunes were built as part of Phase II of the project to widen Ocean City's beaches and to help protect the resort from storm damage.
Gilchrest visits Assateague Island
Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-Md.-1st, recently visited Assateague Island and met with Superintendent Roger Rector. Mr. Gilchrest talked with Mr. Rector about pending legislation that would allow Assateague to expand its boundaries and possibly add more than 90 acres.
They also discussed visitors' concerns about mosquitoes at Assateague spreading encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Rector said Assateague officials will work with specialists to determine if the mosquitoes post a health threat, and, if so, Assateague will be sprayed to kill the insects.
Gilchrest seeks interns for fall
Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-Md.-1st, is accepting applications for interns to begin in the fall and work in the Washington or district offices. Some high schools and colleges offer academic credit for the internships. For more information write to Mr. Gilchrest at 502 Cannon H.O.B., Washington, D.C. 20515.
Chamber of Commerce has new director
The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Alexander R. FauntLeRoy, 31, formerly comptroller for the chamber, took over as director when his mother, Anne FauntLeRoy, retired earlier this month.
Mr. FauntLeRoy said he would like to bring more people to Ocean City during the "shoulder seasons" of spring and fall. One way, he said, is to promote the many golf courses in the area, including Eagle's Nest off Route 611 in West Ocean City.