Final Phase of Roland E. Powell Convention Center Expansion Finished in Ocean City

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Governor Larry Hogan today participated in a ribbon cutting for the third and final expansion of the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center. The $38 million expansion—a partnership between the State of Maryland and the Town of Ocean City—includes a new 30,000-square foot exhibition hall, and a 15,000-square foot bayside gallery.  “The entire mission…

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OC Special Event Zone In Effect For Fall Cruisin’ Weekend

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A six-day Special Event Zone is underway in Ocean City for the upcoming Endless Summer Cruisin’ Weekend. The Special Event Zone reduces local speed limits. Violations, including exhibition driving, carry increased fines and penalties. The SEZ involves various law enforcement agencies. Its chief purpose was to help Ocean City deal with the unsanctioned H2O-I pop-up…

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Md. PSC Sets 2 Virtual Hearings On Offshore Wind Power

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The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled two virtual hearings on Orsted’s Skipjack and US Wind’s offshore wind power projects, phase two. Anyone with an interest in the project is invited to speak, but must register by noon this Friday. The hearings will be held Tuesday September 28th and Thursday September 30th, both at 6:00…

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OC To Enforce Special Event Zone Sept. 21st-26th

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A Special Event Zone will become effective in Ocean City next Tuesday in anticipation of the annual unsanctioned pop-up motor vehicle rally, H2O- I. The provision will last through the following Sunday, September 26th. It allows for increased fines for violations and other measures to try to keep traffic moving and under control and reduce…

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Reaction To Md. Freedom Bus Ride, OC Meeting

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A message, delivered, in Ocean City… Monday’s freedom bus ride concluded with a march and rally, and a meeting held in private with Mayor Rick Meehan and other town officials, one month after video of the arrests of young Black males on the boardwalk went viral. Officers used force on at least one person who…

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Md. Freedom Summer Bus Ride Looks To Highlight “Systemic Racism”

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A Summer’s Freedom Bus Ride will highlight what its organizers say is systemic racism on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Planned stops on Monday include Easton’s Talbot Boys monument which honors members of the Confederacy, and at the recently dedicated memorial in Salisbury that commemorates the lynching of Matthews Williams, a Black man. The tour’s final destination…

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OC Drops Boardwalk Mask Mandate

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The Town of Ocean City has lifted its outdoor mask mandate, which required that masks be worn on the Boardwalk and in other outdoor public places. The action is being taken following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement Wednesday that masks and face coverings were no longer required outdoors. “Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ocean…

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Ocean City Extends Mask Declaration

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Ocean City will continue to operate under a local state of emergency for another 30 days, with a requirement in effect that face masks be worn on the boardwalk if someone is unable to keep at least six feet away from other people who are not in the same household. City Council members this week…

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OC: Bring A Mask, Or Get One, At The Boardwalk

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Ocean City wants Labor Day weekend visitors to keep in mind that masks are required on the boardwalk, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Mayor Rick Meehan says if someone does not have one, a mask is available at the Caroline Street information booth between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After Labor Day, the information…

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OC Boardwalk Tram Sidelined For Summer

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The popular boardwalk tram in Ocean City will not be running this summer. Members of Council’s Transportation Committee came up with a number of concerns about operating the tram, including social distancing but also enforcing a mask requirement. “My biggest concern is having our tram drivers enforce masks,” Councilman John Gehrig said at a work…

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Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan Announces Lifting of Lodging Restrictions

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During a special meeting of the City Council on Thursday, Mayor Rick Meehan announced by declaration the lifting of short-term rental restrictions. “Following Governor Hogan’s lifting of the Stay-At-Home order, the Town of Ocean City will be lifting lodging restrictions on short-term rentals effective Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m.,” Mayor Meehan stated. “The Town…

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Ocean City extends beach, boardwalk closure to late April

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The Town of Ocean City continues to take extreme measures to protect residents and employees from the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), outlining several new emergency actions that increase restrictions previously implemented in the resort community. The first action, which was outlined in a new emergency declaration by Mayor Rick Meehan, extends the closure…

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Weather Tower Comes to OC Coast, Despite Mayor’s Opposition

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Plans are moving forward for the installation of an over 300 foot tall meteorological tower approximately 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The U.S. Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project was the topic of a recent briefing attended by Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. The tower will be used to collect wind data in…

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VIDEO: WGMD News Week in Review 5/25/2019

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Zx8M5FUro&feature=youtu.be WATCH: The Chesapeake Bay’s Health Report Card is released, Troopers investigate the murder of a 17-year-old, plus it’s Memorial Day weekend and Delmarva is ready! Join WGMD’s Hunter Landon for a look back at this week’s big stories!  

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Governor Hogan, Mayor Meehan to Hold Summer Kickoff Ceremony in Ocean City

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan will gather along the beach on Friday to hold a ceremonial kickoff to the Summer season. The ceremonial kickoff to Summer was formerly an event taking place annually more than seven decades ago. In 1946, Governor Harry O’Connor joined Mayor Daniel Trimper Jr. to start…

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Ocean City Council Organizational Meeting Thursday Night

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The Ocean City council will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday. The newly elected city officials – Mayor Rick Meehan and council members Matt James, Lloyd Martin and Mark Paddack will be sworn into office. They will elect a council president and council secretary. The organizational meeting begins at 7:30pm at City Hall.  

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