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June 24, 2011
This past Sunday, Team RKL placed second overall and first in the all female team category at the Assateague Assault Sprint Triathlon Relay at Assateague State Park in Ocean City. Faced with very challenging ocean conditions, Robbie Reeves swam the 1/2 mile first leg of the race in 20:46. With hot and very humid conditions Kat Brady biked the 14-mile second leg in 36:13 and Lydia Johnson ran the third leg, 3.26 miles, in 25:19. The trio finished with a fantastic time of 1:23:55. Pictured in front from left, are Robbie Reeves, Kat Brady, Lydia Johnson.
The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service recently certified a new freshwater-division white perch record and an Atlantic division cobia record. On Sept. 5, James Stiars of Baldwin caught a 1.7-pound white perch in Loch Raven Reservoir, breaking the previous record of 1.62 pounds set by John Williams in 2008, also in Loch Raven. "It was my first cast of the day," Stiars told the DNR. "I was using a Shad Rat crank-bait, and I thought I had a largemouth bass on the line.
By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Each month during the bustling summer season, upwards of 300,000 tourists make their way through Ocean City . While some are regulars who've vacationed here, forever, just as many are newbies who are eagerly discovering the charms of this resort town. And it's fairly safe to say both groups have probably heard a few rumors, legends and lore about Ocean City . Is Rodney, the hunky lifeguard, really rescuing swimmers or is he a model? (Ahem, our lips are sealed). Does Mayor Rick Meehan get chauffeured around town?
Tim Wheeler | October 8, 2014
With minor flooding forecast Wednesday morning for Baltimore and elsewhere along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, there's a new warning that rising seas are likely to encroach more often and reach farther inland in coming decades. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flooding advisory Tuesday night for Anne Arundel, Calvert and Harford counties and southern Baltimore. Onshore winds combined with higher than normal tides were expected to cause "minor shoreline inundation" in low-lying areas.
August 21, 2014
I must say I agree with your recent editorial on Ocean City rentals ( " Ocean City 's rental rage," Aug. 18). This is a slippery slope the town is going down. Ocean City is built on tourism dollars, and it has nothing to gain and much to lose by biting the proverbial hand that feeds it. The real problem here is that the tone of Ocean City is changing and there seems little motivation to enforce the laws. That would be a good start to solving problems all over Ocean City . I've been coming to Ocean City for over 50 years.
By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Summer may have started a while back, but July is when things really pick up in Ocean City. Accordingly, the town has a ton of free programs in July. Here is a calendar, so you know what there is to do for free in O.C. each day of the week: Family Fun Olympics: Everyone will be in the Olympic spirit once the games start at the end of July. So, join in the fun with free competitive events for families. Events to include tug of war, relays, castles contests and other friendly competitions.
May 21, 2010
If you go The 20th annual Crusin' Ocean City Car Show runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; children under 14 are admitted free with an adult. For more information, call 410-798-6304 or go to Getting there Driving: Take Interstate 95 to I-695, then to I-97 South; merge onto U.S. 50 East and follow it to the Bay Bridge and Ocean City. Bus: Ocean City has a Greyhound bus terminal. Lodgings: Call 800-OCOCEAN or go to ococean.
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2011
A street performer is suing Ocean City , alleging that he has been harrassed and his First Amendment rights violated by an ordinance banning him from setting up at North Division Street and the Boardwalk. The performer, artist Mark Chase, who uses spray paint to create paintings, said in his complaint that the city was acting in retaliation, according to a report in The Dispatch . The City Council has cited safety concerns as the reason for restricting access to the area.
By The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
OC Air Show What: The F-22 Raptor and AV-8B Harrier demo teams share the skies at the OC Air Show this summer, honoring the event's theme "Year of Extreme Flight. " The fun kicks off Ocean City's start of summer and takes place across the beaches and the boardwalk. This year's air show highlights include ace pilot Chuck Aaron, flyovers by a B-2 stealth bomber and the Red Bull Helicopter, and the Red Bull Air Force, one of the most extreme parachute teams in the world.
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2011
We're several days into the fall season and the sun seems to have disappeared. So I think that's my cue to pack up the beach towels, shake off the sand, wean myself off the taffy and caramel corn die t, grab a few souvenirs and take this OC blog on hiatus. It's been a terribly exciting summer season in Ocean City . The resort town has been in the news for all the right - and some wrong - reasons. We've had visits from a hurricane, a tornado, the Dew Tour and the Jersey Shore!
September 29, 2014
Last week, Gannett Co. Inc., owner of The Daily Times in Salisbury, filed a lawsuit in Worcester County Circuit Court to force Ocean City to release the name of a 17-year-old drowning victim from Parkville. A number of the newspaper's readers have already expressed outrage at the litigation, with one letter writer describing it as "wrong, just plain wrong" and others questioning what possible public interest is served by knowing the name, particularly given that the victim's family has specifically asked that it not be released.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
The Scunny Memorial Paddle, which ran from Sept. 16 to 21, turned out to be even less fun than Christopher Furst, a marketing director for Power Plant Live, thought it would be. And the novice kayaker didn't go in expecting the 175-mile kayak trip was going to be a day at the beach. "In all honesty, it was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I've played every sport, baseball, football," Furst said, "but this was sheer endurance, paddling eight hours a day in an uncomfortable position.
By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
What does it take to win the National Association of Home Builders' 2010 Best in American Living Awards? In the case of one particular winning home - a coastal Maryland mansion - it takes an owner with a vision and an equally qualified design visionary to make the dream a reality. Off a narrow lane on Ocean City's Assawoman Bay, Bill and Shelby Allen's three-story home sits regally at the water's edge in defiance of all elements, both natural and architectural. “I wanted a Northern Atlantic, Nantucket-style cottage - coastal [and]
By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Two men, including one from Rosedale, died while swimming at Ocean City Wednesday, officials said. The 49-year-old man from Rosedale, who has not yet been publicly identified, was spotted floating unconscious far out into the water by a beach patrol supervisor at around 5:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after lifeguards had gone off duty for the day, Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin said. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. "Our biggest message is don't swim when we're off duty and this is what this person did," Arbin said.
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.
By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Two people who stayed at an Econo Lodge in northern Ocean City this summer have tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and low levels of Legionella bacteria were found in the hotel's water pipes, Worcester County health officials said. Health officials zeroed in on the 145th Street hotel after a second person who stayed there tested positive for the infection Aug. 28, said Kathleen Derr, nursing program manager for communicable disease for the county health department. The other person became ill earlier in the summer, she said.
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Make a reservation today and you could be horseback riding on Ocean City's beachfront by the weekend. The city's town council late Monday passed a proposal to allow horseback riding in the off-season, from Nov. 1 to March 30. Visitors will need to secure a permit at a cost of $50 for each horse, limited to two riders.  Additional riders could be added for $25.  At Monday's meeting, council members said they will also offer a $20...
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2011
We're more than half-way through the month of June and with each day that goes, Ocean City deals begin to slip away. These deals are only good for June - they're just teasers to get you jazzed up for beach season. Still, there's no reason to pass on savings wherever you find them. Below are some deals that will help you get to the beach for the rest of the month. Most require advance booking and it doesn't hurt to ask for the Rodney Rate . Get 'em before they're gone. Beach Bum Motel: Get 50 percent off on Sundays, when you stay Friday and Saturday.
Tim Wheeler | September 15, 2014
Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along Maryland's extensive shoreline, warns a new report. Drawing on new government data and projections, Climate Centra l, a nonprofit research and information group, calculates that 41,000 homes with 55,000 residents in the state are in danger under mid-range sea-level rise projections if storm-driven flooding surges five feet above the high tide line - which it did in the Baltimore area and elsewhere during Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003.
By Natalie Sherman | September 4, 2014
Ocean City will look to better enforcement to cut down on problems with rowdy visitors instead of a ban on short-term rentals, according to a city official. The vacation destination had been considering adding regulations to govern some rental properties in response to complaints from some residents, but members of the planning and zoning commission backed away from the idea Wednesday, said Blaine Smith, the assistant director of the city's Planning and Zoning Department. “They don't think there needs to be new regulation.
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