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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
The Annapolis of the future, as some envision it, will remain painstakingly preserved and a picture of early American charm. Except for one thing. Every five minutes, a sleek, battery-operated tram rolls up Main Street.This is AnnaTram, a concept promoted for months by a local architect that could receive its first dose of city money in the proposed fiscal 1996 operating budget.AnnaTram's inventors plan to lobby for a portion of $40,000 set aside for alternative transportation studies when the Annapolis city council meets tomorrow night for a public hearing on its proposed $39 million operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
John T. "Jock" Menzies III, chairman of The Terminal Corp. and founder, president and chairman of American Logistics Aid Network, died Saturday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being injured in an accident at his Arnold home. He was 69. Mr. Menzies was injured when a tram that connects his home on a bluff overlooking the Severn River to a dock 300 feet below malfunctioned. "Jock was returning on the tram and was nearly to the top when it lost its connection to the cable and ran back down the hill," said a brother, Scott S. Menzies of Upperco, who is CEO and president of The Terminal Corp.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
How much concrete can you add to a boardwalk before it becomes just another city street? Will tourists flock to a plastic boardwalk? These are questions Ocean City officials might be asking themselves this winter as they consider the first thorough reconstruction of the iconic walkway in more than 50 years. Time, water and heavy loads have taken a toll on the 2 1/2 -mile wooden boardwalk, and the town's engineers say it's time to replace nearly the entire structure — a project that could cost as much as $10 million.
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June 28, 2011
Developers and members of the http://www.baltimoresun.com/travel/beaches/ Council sure can come up with goofy ideas on how to "improve and promote" http://www.baltimoresun.com/travel/beaches/ ("Aerial tram proposed for OC," June 20). It was bad enough that Councilman Brent Ashley came up with the free gasoline give-away which was approved and then cancelled by the council. The council will hear similar complaints about the proposed aerial tram ride, rising 50 to 85 feet above the boardwalk and stretching from the inlet parking lot to 16th St. Wouldn't it be nice to look out the window of your high-priced condo or $250 a night hotel room and stare straight into cables, 6-to-8 passenger cable cars, and concrete pilings?
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2002
You want to go from the Inner Harbor to Canton but have no wheels. What to do? You could take a taxicab or hop a water taxi, or maybe wait for a bus. Or, perish the thought, walk. An Annapolis inventor named John D. Alt has another idea: electric-powered trams that would glide along in the parking lane and cover the nearly three miles in 19 minutes. Alt's patented, prize-winning SMRTram concept, although untested, has attracted admirers at key nonprofit groups in the city. They say it could be a clean and affordable way to zip people along the northern waterfront.
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By Rebecca Cooney and Rebecca Cooney,Newsday | March 2, 2008
VALPARAISO, CHILE / / As the tram moves up the steep tracks of Artilleria Hill, I catch glimpses of Valparaiso and its port below. The ride is a mere 5 minutes, and at the top we emerge on a promenade lifted from the late 19th century. It has cobblestones, blossoming trees and a cast-iron railing worthy of Queen Victoria with all its flourishes. We stand alongside tourists and Chileans, hushed by the view before us. Valparaiso makes a perfect crescent along the Pacific Ocean, with the city's famous 42 hills rising behind.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2002
You want to go from the Inner Harbor to Canton but have no wheels. What to do? You could take a taxicab or hop a water taxi, or maybe wait for a bus. Or, perish the thought, walk. An Annapolis inventor named John D. Alt has another idea: electric-powered trams that would glide along in the parking lane and cover the nearly three miles in 19 minutes. Alt's patented, prize-winning SMRTram concept, although untested, has attracted admirers at key nonprofit groups in the city. They say it could be a clean and affordable way to zip people along the northern waterfront.
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By LORI SEARS | September 17, 2006
Enjoy Eastern Shore delicacies, music and art at Sunfest in Ocean City. Sunfest runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24. Visitors are encouraged to use area park-and-rides or take the Boardwalk tram. Free admission. 410-250-0125, 800-OC-OCEAN or ococean.com.
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By Susan Canfora | May 12, 1991
Ward Foundation asks O.C. Council for fundsA request for $15,000 to help the Ward Foundation build a museum in Salisbury is being considered by the Ocean City Council. The Ward Foundation asked the city to fund $15,000 over the next three years to help it reach its goal of $5.2 million. Another $500,000 is needed. The Ward Foundation has the largest collection of wildfowl art in the nation.Smoking bill targets Convention CenterAn ordinance to prohibit smoking in city-owned buildings has been passed on first reading.
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By Austin Gisriel | May 14, 2011
Memorial Day is fast approaching, and for thousands of Baltimoreans, that day marks the beginning of the summer sojourns in Ocean City. The famous boardwalk will be reconstructed come fall, and the town council considered using a variety of materials, finally deciding to continue using wood. May I humbly suggest pouring asphalt instead? That way, all those Baltimore-area tourists will feel right at home. After all, they tend to navigate the Boardwalk in the same finger-raising manner that they navigate the Beltway.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2011
The Town of Ocean City is set to consider the addition of an aerial tram ride that would fly high above the boardwalk from the inlet parking lot to 27th Street. The proposal for the $10 million attraction comes from Trey Winstead, who has also proposed a similar project for the Inner Harbor. Winstead's venture, Skyline Ocean City, would locate the aerial tram about 50 to 85 feet above the boardwalk, offering riders views of the ocean, bay and beyond. A presentation of the proposal was to be made at Monday night's Ocean City council meeting, but Winstead said developers pulled it from the agenda to make a few tweaks and also to develop support from local businesses along the boardwalk.
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By Austin Gisriel | May 14, 2011
Memorial Day is fast approaching, and for thousands of Baltimoreans, that day marks the beginning of the summer sojourns in Ocean City. The famous boardwalk will be reconstructed come fall, and the town council considered using a variety of materials, finally deciding to continue using wood. May I humbly suggest pouring asphalt instead? That way, all those Baltimore-area tourists will feel right at home. After all, they tend to navigate the Boardwalk in the same finger-raising manner that they navigate the Beltway.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2011
Slip on your flip-flops and rejoice, beachgoers. Ocean City will stick with its iconic wooden boardwalk when it launches a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation project later this year. The resort's town council voted 5-2 Monday to rebuild the deteriorating boardwalk with an all-wood deck. They rejected two proposals to add a concrete center lane for trams as far north as the 27 t h Street terminus. But in a concession to the heavy trams, fire trucks and other vehicles that shortened the life of the existing wood deck and pilings, the reconstructed boardwalk will have a concrete substructure, said City Engineer Terry McGean.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
How much concrete can you add to a boardwalk before it becomes just another city street? Will tourists flock to a plastic boardwalk? These are questions Ocean City officials might be asking themselves this winter as they consider the first thorough reconstruction of the iconic walkway in more than 50 years. Time, water and heavy loads have taken a toll on the 2 1/2 -mile wooden boardwalk, and the town's engineers say it's time to replace nearly the entire structure — a project that could cost as much as $10 million.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
Visitors to Ocean City this summer can purchase an unlimited ride pass for the boardwalk trams, allowing riders on and off privileges between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. The new pass costs $6 per person and does have some restrictions. For example, passengers will not be able to use the pass during certain events, including Sunfest, OC Air Show and July 4th weekend. Senior resident bus pass holders ride free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, senior residents must pay $2 to ride the tram after 4 p.m. and during special events and some holidays.
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October 5, 2008
The Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center will present the Patuxent Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Animals, research displays, behind-the-scenes tours, conservation tram tours and children's activities are planned. All ages are welcome; admission is free (there is a small fee for the tram tours). The National Wildlife Visitor Center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel. Information: 301-497-5763; TDD, 301-497-5779; patuxent.
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By Jamie Stiehm | February 15, 1998
ON A RECENT winter night, I took a tram ride to the top of the hill where the new Getty Center museum sits on more than 100 acres overlooking Los Angeles. As I sat on the tram with some family members and friends, I pondered the symbolic value of our journey to this mecca of high art.I had read lofty reviews of the Getty Center in the Eastern press, especially the New York Times. They suggested that this spectacular extravaganza of art and architecture, which cost a cool $1 billion, would elevate Los Angeles to a world-class city.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
John T. "Jock" Menzies III, chairman of The Terminal Corp. and founder, president and chairman of American Logistics Aid Network, died Saturday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being injured in an accident at his Arnold home. He was 69. Mr. Menzies was injured when a tram that connects his home on a bluff overlooking the Severn River to a dock 300 feet below malfunctioned. "Jock was returning on the tram and was nearly to the top when it lost its connection to the cable and ran back down the hill," said a brother, Scott S. Menzies of Upperco, who is CEO and president of The Terminal Corp.
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By Rebecca Cooney and Rebecca Cooney,Newsday | March 2, 2008
VALPARAISO, CHILE / / As the tram moves up the steep tracks of Artilleria Hill, I catch glimpses of Valparaiso and its port below. The ride is a mere 5 minutes, and at the top we emerge on a promenade lifted from the late 19th century. It has cobblestones, blossoming trees and a cast-iron railing worthy of Queen Victoria with all its flourishes. We stand alongside tourists and Chileans, hushed by the view before us. Valparaiso makes a perfect crescent along the Pacific Ocean, with the city's famous 42 hills rising behind.
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By LORI SEARS | September 17, 2006
Enjoy Eastern Shore delicacies, music and art at Sunfest in Ocean City. Sunfest runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24. Visitors are encouraged to use area park-and-rides or take the Boardwalk tram. Free admission. 410-250-0125, 800-OC-OCEAN or ococean.com.
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