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Jacques Kelly | July 23, 2010
There is no summer experience quite like a stop at your favorite roadside stand for Maryland tomatoes and corn. This week, we stopped on Route 16 in Caroline County, a few miles short of Denton, and filled a car. In the four days following, I polished off a whole watermelon. The stop reminded me of the day my brother Eddie decided to set up his own little market on the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Del. It was about 50 years ago, in the days when families spent entire summers at the ocean.
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By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Dumser's soft ice cream cones were still twirled perilously high, Thrashers' french fries were still doused in vinegar, and the surf was clear and cold as ever, but there were signs of change in Ocean City this summer. In some cases, literally: Town officials posted signs along the boardwalk asking visitors to refrain from using profanity. It was an unusual move in an interesting season at Maryland's most popular resort town. The planning board discussed curtailing weekly rentals in some neighborhoods but ultimately rejected the idea.
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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
If you like drinking cold brews in the Ocean City sunshine, there's an event on tap this weekend that's a perfect fit. This Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and raging on until 9 p.m. is the first annual Beer on the Boards – Ocean City Boardwalk Bar Tour, which includes 12 different bars offering a variety of drink specials. A ticket to the tour offers $2 Miller Lite Aluminum Pints, a free koozie to the first 400 people and many different food and drink specials at each bar. Participating venues include 9th Street Tap House Bar & Grille, BrassBalls Saloon, Guido's Burritos, Hooters, Pickles Pub, Peppers Tavern, Hammerheads on the Beach, M.R. Ducks, Shenanigans and The Pour House.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Ocean City officials voted earlier this week to draft a law to restrict smoking on the beach and boardwalk beginning May 1, 2015. The proposed ordinance, which passed on a 4-3 vote at a work session for the town council on Tuesday, identifies a number of designated areas for smoking along the boardwalk and on the beach. Police will be responsible for enforcement of the law through verbal as well as written citations ranging from $25 to $1,000, a "worse-case scenario" for non-compliance.
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The Daily Times of Salisbury | May 22, 2012
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- The Boardwalk has been a tourism nucleus for decades. And while it stays relatively the same year after year, with a multitude of stores, eateries and other attractions, each season brings a few changes. This season, visitors will notice the actual Boardwalk has received a facelift. During the off-season, some portions of the 2.5-mile span were reconstructed. It's easy to tell where upgrades were made, as the new boards are a lighter shade of brown.
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 29, 1991
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the mid-1980s, astute Walt Disney World observers noted that the world's No. 1 resort was moving quickly to duplicate, within its borders, the most successful attractions outside its property.Disney is continuing that strategy, even though one of the attractions from which it has borrowed ideas -- Boardwalk and Baseball near Haines City -- closed in 1990.Across Crescent Lake from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, Disney has begun site work on Boardwalk, a waterfront specialty-retail and entertainment complex that it's billing as "a classic '30s boardwalk experience."
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2011
Ocean City officials are asking beach fans for their opinions on how the town should rebuild the resort's iconic boardwalk. While there are public hearings set for March 7, the town has opened an online poll to gather more input on three options. The approaches under consideration include an all-wood surface; a wood surface with a plain concrete tram lane; and a wood surface with a concrete tram lane stamped to look like wood. Repairs and replacements are needed because of years of weathering, and wear accelerated by the trams and other heavy vehicles.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
Ocean City police are investigating two weekend brawls on the boardwalk, including one that  resulted in the stabbing of a 22-year-old man. Police said Joseph Tyrice Cromartie, 20, of Clinton, was fighting with another man near Fifth Street and the Boardwalk early Sunday morning when people began gathering to watch. By the time uniformed officers on bicycles arrived, the crowd was very large and behaving in a disorderly manner, police said. When officers attempted to separate the two men who were pushing and yelling at each other, police said Cromartie became combative and assaulted the officers.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
A just-opened boardwalk and creekside platform offer new access to a nature preserve at the southwestern edge of Anne Arundel County, providing kayakers with an entry by water and hikers with and a up-close encounters with its marsh. "The wetland is there. And you can see it through the trees. But without a boardwalk, you can't take advantage of it, both for research and the public," said Chris Swarth, the longtime director of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. At 1,600 acres, it's the largest of Anne Arundel County's parks and hugs an area of the Patuxent River that is popular with kayakers and canoeists.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
So far this season, Ocean City has seen brawls on the boardwalk, robberies and even a few stabbings. Town councilman Brent Ashley has had enough. The vocal advocate for Maryland's resort city says what's urgently needed is a return to decency. For a start, he said, people can pull up their pants or perhaps put on a shirt and shoes in the evening. Ashley is proposing a decency law for Ocean City that could be modeled on a recent law passed in Wildwood, N.J. That law calls for a $25 fine for wearing saggy pants - those that fall 3 inches or more from the waistline - on the boardwalk.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pole dancing got a toehold on Ocean City's boardwalk over the weekend, and neither city officials nor area merchants seem too thrilled. Saturday night, an unidentified woman wearing a bikini set up a pole on the boardwalk and danced for onlookers. Police were powerless to do anything - a federal court recently ruled that street performers have a right to perform in public places like the boardwalk, apparently even if what they do is decidedly adult-oriented. And though she doesn't seem to have been back since, the dancer clearly made an impression.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Ocean City Police have shut down a number of henna tattoo stands on the boardwalk after the operators were found to be working in violation of their visa permits. A joint police investigation with ICE Homeland Security found 10 individuals with F-1 student visas who were selling goods on the boardwalk without proper documentation. The students were given a warning and a total of eight henna tattoo stands were shut down last weekend, police said.
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By Evan Siple | August 5, 2014
For 34 years, Brass Balls Saloon has been a go-to location on Ocean City 's boardwalk, providing live entertainment daily and a whole lot of hilarious "balls"-related puns. To no one's surprise, and much to my 13-year-old's sense of humor's delight, the cocktail menu is no different. While widely known for introducing the Rum Runner to the Mid-Atlantic via Key West, Fla., alongside nearby Seacrets , Brass Balls Saloon's vast party cocktail menu doesn't disappoint with its summery blends.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
You may have heard that Ocean City boardwalk landmark Ocean Gallery is packing up and moving to Hollywood, but don't book that flight to Los Angeles quite yet. Owner Joe KroArt explains that he's been in talks for nearly five years with various television producers in an effort to create a reality TV show centered on the gallery. After going back and forth with a number of pitches, one idea kind of floated to the top: a show that would follow his team as they relocated the beloved 50-year icon from Ocean City to Hollywood.
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By Jessica D. Evans, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Ocean City's boardwalk is not just for kids and this weekend offers proof in the form of an adults-only bar crawl. The Ocean City Boardwalk Bar Tour, sponsored by Lindy Promotions and Coors Light, is Saturday, July 19, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. This isn't the typical bar hop from your college days. The tour, now in its second year, will have 10 bars participating with discounted drinks such as $2 Coors Lights, $3 Blue Moons, $3 Redd's Apple Ales and $3 Summer Shandy's. Featured bars include Shenanigans Irish Pub, Hooter's, Caribbean Pool Bar, Bull on the Beach, Guiddos Burritos, Connors Beach Cafe, Hammerheads, Brass Balls, Peppers and Cowboy Coast Country Saloon.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Jerry Greenspan has been running the Fun City arcade in Ocean City for 40 years, long enough to see children who played games there grow up and bring their children to continue the summer boardwalk tradition. Now he wonders how long it can go on. "We barely made it last year," said Greenspan, who owns Fun City and is a partner in Sportland, two of the three largest boardwalk arcades. "If the landscape continues the way it's going, I don't see how we can stay in business much longer.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2011
A Baltimore-based company has been selected to help Ocean City rebuild its deteriorating boardwalk starting this fall. Ocean City 's town council voted this week to accept a bid from the Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore to provide the yellow pine wood needed for the work. Grasmick submitted the low bid of $602,650 for 56,040 pieces of lumber, and it was accepted over proposals from more than a dozen other companies. Ocean City 's boardwalk reconstruction project will be carried out in two phases.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2011
A Baltimore-based company is one of the leading contenders to help Ocean City rebuild its famous but deteriorating boardwalk. The Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore submitted the "apparent low bid" to supply lumber for the first phase of the two-year project, said Terry McGean, city engineer of the resort town. Grasmick was one of 18 companies competing to supply the yellow pine decking needed for the work, and its base offer of $602,250 for 56,040 pieces of lumber was below the city's estimate of nearly $621,000, McGean said.
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By John Houser III, For The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
The 7th annual OC Air Show finished its first day to the applause and cheering of the thousands who showed up to watch the aerial acrobatics up close. They were not disappointed. The air show is a weekend long celebration of aeronautic precision and death-defying flight maneuvers that are proof of the expertise and dedication of the pilots involved. From a head-to-head stunt performance by Gary Ward and Greg Connell to the air ballet that is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, there was more than enough excitement to go around.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
The Town of Ocean City is taking multiple steps to increase safety on the boardwalk this summer, police officials said. Visitors on Memorial Day will notice increased surveillance cameras placed in strategic locations along the boardwalk. The city has always had a few cameras in position but those were mostly used for tourism purposes, said Lindsay O'Neal, spokeswoman for the Ocean City Police Department. "We will have dozen or so cameras total on the boardwalk - and we will have one of our employees monitoring the cameras," said O'Neal, adding that in the past the cameras were not generally used for policing purposes.
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