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Ocean City Bike Forum Stresses Safety

Sgt. Brian Hopely, of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, recalled pulling a man over this summer who had blown through two stop signs while traveling down Haven Avenue. “He looked at me like I had two heads,” Hopely said of the man’s incredulous reaction to being stopped by police. It was not a motorist, but a bicyclist in his 60s, who had ignored the stop signs. Hopely let him off with a warning after reminding him of the rules of the road...

Ocean City Introduces Ordinance to Comply with FEMA Flood Mapping

City Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday to bring Ocean City in line with the federal government’s new flood maps for the National Flood Insurance Program. Utilizing the latest mapping technology, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating the nation’s flood maps for the first time since 1984 to reflect the current flooding risks to coastal communities. “Flood hazard mapping is an important part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), as it is the basis of the NFIP regulations and flood insurance requirements,” FEMA says on its website...

Council to Consider Dredging Agreement for $1.3 Million in State Funding

Ocean City will receive more than $1 million in state funding for a major dredging project to clear out sediment-choked lagoons along the back bays. At its meeting Tuesday, City Council is scheduled to approve the funding agreement with the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources for the dredging of the Carnival Bayou lagoon. Council is holding its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, instead of its normal schedule of 7 p.m. Thursday...

Kids Look to Hook a Big One at Ocean City Fishing...

Chase Aleszczyk, 11, was hoping to reel in a sand shark or a sting ray. His 8-year-old sister, Colbie, was looking to catch a flounder or a sea bass. Unfortunately, the fish were eluding them Saturday. “I had three bites, but no fish,” Chase said, shrugging his shoulders. “I’m still waiting to catch something, too,” Colbie added...

Pageant Newcomer Ginger Mumman Crowned Little Miss Ocean City 2018

Never say there is no such thing as beginner’s luck. Just ask Ginger Mumman. Competing in her very first beauty pageant, the 10-year-old blonde was crowned Little Miss Ocean City 2018 on Friday night amid a crowded field of 27 contestants ranging in age from 8 to 12...

Family-Friendly Celebration Marks Grand Opening of Ocean City Firehouse

Rookie firefighter Robert Hart’s very first day on the job in 1954 coincided with the grand opening of the then-new Ocean City firehouse on the corner of 29th Street and West Avenue. He didn’t rush out to battle any fires on that day while working the midnight shift, but he did experience the excitement of receiving his first two-week paycheck for what was then his $3,100 annual salary. “I got a paycheck, a meal and a nap – all on the first day,” Hart recalled, laughing...

Ocean City Housing Authority Struggles With Cash Shortage

The financially struggling Ocean City Housing Authority is running at a $100,000 loss as it awaits a crucial payment from Washington, D.C., that has been held up by delays in getting the federal budget approved. Jacqueline Jones, the housing authority’s executive director, said the agency will be “very, very low on cash” through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. “That’s a great concern, obviously,” Jones told the authority’s commissioners while giving a financial report during their monthly board meeting Tuesday...

Embezzlement Sentencing Postponed for Former O.C. Housing Authority Executive

A sentencing hearing for a former top Ocean City Housing Authority executive who was caught in an embezzlement scheme has been postponed for three weeks amid ongoing efforts to clean up and restructure the troubled agency since she was removed. Alesia Watson, who was fired from her job as the housing authority’s executive director a week after she pleaded guilty to embezzlement on May 8, was scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Camden. However, officials said Monday her sentencing has been pushed back until Sept. 7...

Madison Leigh Kennelly is Crowned Miss Ocean City 2018

Madison Leigh Kennelly jokingly refers to herself as a beauty pageant “guru.” Now there’s another pageant-related title she can call herself: Miss Ocean City 2018. The 18-year-old York College sophomore beat out 11 other contestants Saturday night at the Music Pier in her first attempt to become Miss Ocean City...

Amid Criticism, Ocean City Approves New Dredging Agreement with Pleasantville

A new agreement approved Thursday will allow Ocean City to send sediment dredged from its lagoons and back bays to the town of Pleasantville, but some local residents believe the deal is a way for a wealthy community to dump its “toxic slime” on a poor municipality. Ocean City wants to get rid of the muddy sediment as it moves ahead with a comprehensive dredging program, but Pleasantville plans to use the material as fill for its Lakes Bay waterfront redevelopment area, a proposed project that would include homes, retail shops and office space...