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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
A fire on Monday damaged a West Ocean City hotel but resulted in no significant injuries. Ocean City Fire Department, along with the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company, responded to The Bedtime Inn & Suites at 12534 Ocean Gateway about 12:30 p.m. to find black smoke coming from the single-story hotel. Officials said the fire was contained to one of the hotel's units and was quickly extinguished. Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office said the affected hotel room was unit 143. The fire marshal is investigating the blaze but has not determined the cause or an amount of damage.
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January 11, 2014
Toby is one lucky lobster. He was born with a blue-hued shell, a 1-in-2 million variation that arises as the result of an excess of a certain protein. The crew of the Pot Luck fishing boat plucked Toby from the waters near Ocean City in June 2012. After a few nerve-racking days chilling in the lobster tank at Martin Fish Co. in West Ocean City , Toby was put on display at the National Aquarium in Washington. But then the Washington location of the Aquarium closed in September, and Toby and 1,700 other animals from the collection needed to be moved to Baltimore.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
The weekend is so close you can taste it. If you're headed east to the Atlantic, take a look at our guide to 100 Best Beach Eats , which covers Ocean City, West Ocean City and Delaware towns stretching from Fenwick Island to Lewes. It might be hard to get to on a busy weekend, when the Ocean Gateway (Route 50) is bumper to bumper, but sometime this summer make sure you stop by the Shrimp Boat on Stephen Decatur Highway. This 23-year-old roadside shack is the real deal, where the locals have always come to buy fresh seafood and steamed-while-you-wait shrimp.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
A custom-designed home in West Ocean City , listed for $4.9 million, is the most recent Maryland waterfront property to be offered for sale through Auction.com. The estate at 12933 Old Bridge Road is a modern masterpiece of glass, concrete and steel on more than an acre overlooking Isle of Wight Bay and the Ocean City skyline. The property has a saltwater swimming pool, a putting green and a fire pit with seating area. Owned by eyewear designer Roy Schwalbach, the 6,000-square-foot house features an open-loft style designed by architect David D. Quillin of Berlin.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2003
WEST OCEAN CITY - Once known as "the other side of town," this waterfront community across Sinepuxent Bay from its flashy beach neighbor is shucking its ugly-sister image. For decades, West Ocean City has been home to a commercial fishing fleet and other gritty maritime businesses. But developers have discovered its spectacular views of Assateague Island and the resort skyline, and property values have doubled in three years. Boaters with sleek yachts and flashy fishing vessels, drawn by a new 200-slip marina, are snapping up luxury condominiums as fast as they are built.
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By Susan Canfora and Susan Canfora,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 19, 1999
Ocean City vacationers and day-trippers with an appetite for organic produce won't go hungry this summer.O. C. Organics, a tiny shop on U.S. 50 in West Ocean City, is stocked with an array of fresh organic items, such as tomatoes, apples and potatoes; frozen foods, including chicken, emu and bison; and staples, like breads, spices and pasta.The store, which opened in November, is the healthful dream of Chris Ware, 37, who lives in Berlin. Ware started the organic foods co-op after she had a difficult time finding organic produce she liked on the Shore.
NEWS
November 11, 2002
In Anne Arundel Arnold man, 48, killed in motorcycle accident TRACYS LANDING - An Arnold man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle ran off Leitch Road in Tracys Landing, county police reported. Stephen R. Minard, 48, was driving a 1999 Harley-Davidson east on Leitch Road shortly before 2 p.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle. It went off the road and struck a brick curb, throwing the rider, who hit a wall. Minard, of the 800 block of Mill Creek Road, died at the scene. Police said speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the accident.
TRAVEL
By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
When it comes to dining, little things add up to make a restaurant great. That's why The Shark on the Harbor in West Ocean City is a good place to eat. They do a lot of little things right. They have handmade chips. Their dishes have little extras on them, like the seared tuna small plate with pineapple foam and a pineapple ring to help cool the spicy wasabi. They use local ingredients, and they serve local beer. They have really fresh fish, and they get all the spices right. The dining room has windows on all sides, giving you an awesome view of the commercial fishing harbor.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1994
NEW SECTIONMystic HarbourMystic Harbour, on 300 acres on the Sinepuxent Bay in West Ocean City, is selling 65 lots in the recently opened Goose Run section.Six waterfront lots have a view of Assateague Island National seashore.Mystic Harbour has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a playground and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.A $40 monthly homeowner's fee covers grass cutting and the recreational facilities.To comply with zoning for the Worcester County community, only manufactured homes -- built elsewhere and brought to West Ocean City -- are allowed in Mystic Harbour, where 230 houses have already been erected.
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By Susan Canfora | May 3, 1992
Ocean City may up property taxProperty owners in Ocean City could face a five-cent property tax increase. City Manager Dennis Dare has proposed the increase to help pay for the tippingh fee imposed by the Worcester County commissioners for use of the county's landfill in Newark.Rick Meehan, president of the Ocean City Council, said the tax increase would give the town an extra $140,000 each year, enough to pay the tipping fee, which the county imposed of offset state funding cuts. Ocean City's current tax rate is $1.25 per $100 of assest property value.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
A fire on Monday damaged a West Ocean City hotel but resulted in no significant injuries. Ocean City Fire Department, along with the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company, responded to The Bedtime Inn & Suites at 12534 Ocean Gateway about 12:30 p.m. to find black smoke coming from the single-story hotel. Officials said the fire was contained to one of the hotel's units and was quickly extinguished. Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office said the affected hotel room was unit 143. The fire marshal is investigating the blaze but has not determined the cause or an amount of damage.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
The Dew Tour Beach Championships brings the action to Ocean City this week for the third year in a row. The extreme sports competition includes events in BMX, skateboarding and surfing all right on the beach. Here are 10 tips on how to really enjoy the action. 1. Bring the kids. Nothing is cooler than seeing your favorite skater up close. Sponsors typically have some extra surprises for the kids- skateboard and BMX courses set up so they can skate like the legends. They can also get their boards and other items autographed by the skaters.
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By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Going to the beach doesn't simply mean getting a killer tan. There's also plenty of great fashion and home décor finds along the way. Here's a guide to places to shop while visiting the shore. Ron Jon Surf Shop The iconic retailer, now based in Florida but originally launched in New Jersey, is opening its first Maryland location in Ocean City this month. The shop is known for its surf-centric inventory, ranging from boards and wetsuits to swimsuits and casual beachwear, outwear and even jewelry.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
One of the joys of the beach is its consistency. The tide rises and falls without fail, the sun casts a glow over the water every morning and every night. But Ocean City , for all its constants, continually delivers fresh adventures. We've put together a calendar of something fun to do in Ocean City nearly every day, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Many, but not all, are free, and most are suitable for the entire family. MAY May 23: Check out the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum . From May 21 through June 22, as a thank-you for their service, admission is free for police, firefighters, EMTs, active duty service members, veterans, and members of the Armed Forces.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
The Palestinian immigrant and his brother lived next door to each other in homes in West Ocean City , over the years opening a number of businesses throughout the area — three pizza shops, a Mexican restaurant, a liquor store, gas stations, and development companies, court records show. This week, however, authorities in New York alleged that Basel, 42, and Samir Ramadan, 39, were also at the top of a multimillion-dollar cigarette-smuggling ring and said they believe members of the organization may have funneled some of their proceeds to terrorist groups.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
In the off-season, Ocean City often adds some new feature for tourists: a miniature golf course perhaps, a seafood restaurant or maybe a bar that caters to the beachgoing crowd. But here's a possible addition that might not be so welcome - parking meters north of 10 t h Street. On Friday, the Ocean City Council is expected to be briefed on a proposal to create a whopping 4,800 paid parking spaces. The most ambitious version of the plan would require visitors to pay for parking at any space along the streets on the Atlantic Ocean side of Coastal Highway from 10 t h Street to the Delaware line.
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | October 10, 1993
Ocean Pines and the Route 611 corridor in West Ocean City are prime areas for individual new homes, whether a custom-built dream house or a 400-square-footer that comes from the manufacturer fully furnished.Charlie Muskat had been looking for a 10-acre wooded site on which to build several years ago, but he settled on a 4 1/2 -acre lot in a new West Ocean City development. He'd wanted to be near the water, but not on the beach."I have sand in my shoes, but I don't like the beach," he says.
FEATURES
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
A custom-designed home in West Ocean City , listed for $4.9 million, is the most recent Maryland waterfront property to be offered for sale through Auction.com. The estate at 12933 Old Bridge Road is a modern masterpiece of glass, concrete and steel on more than an acre overlooking Isle of Wight Bay and the Ocean City skyline. The property has a saltwater swimming pool, a putting green and a fire pit with seating area. Owned by eyewear designer Roy Schwalbach, the 6,000-square-foot house features an open-loft style designed by architect David D. Quillin of Berlin.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
Visitors to Ocean City are often struck by the contrasting fortunes of the vacant Ocean Plaza Mall on 94 t h Street and the bustle of development along U.S. 50 in West Ocean City , with its new Walmart and other big-box stores. There are a number of reasons for this, but one in particular sticks in the resort town's collective craw: double taxation. In essence, property owners in Ocean City have been subsidizing sprawl development outside town limits, a self-destructive policy that can only be described as dumb growth.
TRAVEL
By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
When it comes to dining, little things add up to make a restaurant great. That's why The Shark on the Harbor in West Ocean City is a good place to eat. They do a lot of little things right. They have handmade chips. Their dishes have little extras on them, like the seared tuna small plate with pineapple foam and a pineapple ring to help cool the spicy wasabi. They use local ingredients, and they serve local beer. They have really fresh fish, and they get all the spices right. The dining room has windows on all sides, giving you an awesome view of the commercial fishing harbor.
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