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Bleak Weather Doesn’t Stop Ocean City Vacationers From Having Fun

Shopping bags in hand, Mary Ellen Buono and Joan Cesarini stopped at an Asbury Avenue boutique Saturday afternoon to check out the sale items on a clothing rack outside the store. Buono noted she had already bought some pillows for her home and a top for her granddaughter. Next, she was looking for a birthday gift for her niece. She joked that Cesarini was her shopping “assistant.” “I’m helping to carry all of the items,” Cesarini quipped...

“Ho, Ho, Ho,” Christmas Comes Early to Ocean City

After spending long days and nights working over the winter, especially in preparation for Christmas, a visitor from the North Pole finally was able to get away for a much-needed summer vacation in Ocean City. But this was no ordinary tourist soaking up the sun on the powdery beaches. His flowing white beard, avuncular demeanor and penchant for calling out “Merry Christmas … Ho, Ho, Ho!” whenever he greeted children were a dead giveaway...

Ocean City Receives “Clean” Audit for Municipal Finances

Ocean City’s finances are well-managed and in strong shape as the municipality continues to keep its debt structure low through conservative spending, according to the results of an annual audit presented to City Council on Tuesday night. “I’m happy to report this is a clean audit,” said Michael Garcia, a partner with Ford-Scott Associates LLC, the Ocean City accounting firm that performed the 2016 financial review...

Ocean City Housing Authority Looks to Fill Vacancies With Local Residents

Amid its ongoing structural and management reforms, the Ocean City Housing Authority will now place a stronger emphasis on finding local residents to fill vacancies when they open up at its housing facilities for senior citizens and low-income families, the agency’s chairman says. Bob Barr, the city councilman who also serves as chairman of the authority’s board of commissioners, said there was “no urgency” in the past to place Ocean City residents in the Bay View Manor complex for senior citizens or the Pecks Beach Village housing site for families...

Cape May County Bridge Commission Adding E-ZPass on Five Spans

Motorists using the five bridges linking Cape May County’s seashore communities along the scenic Ocean Drive may not like the signs they see as they approach the toll plazas: “No E-ZPass,” they declare in red letters. Unfortunately, that means drivers have to fumble through their pockets for the $1.50 fare and then come to a complete stop to pay the toll collector. This slow and cumbersome process can lead to traffic backups...

100K+ Watch as Ocean City’s Bayfront Comes Alive for Night in...

There haven’t been this many rock stars together in one place since Woodstock or Live Aid. Look, there’s Bruce Springsteen! Did you see Jon Bon Jovi? Slash, Freddie Mercury, Prince, the Beach Boys and Kiss were at the party, too. So was Elvis. This glittering collection of the pantheon of the rock-and-roll world cruised into town on a flotilla of colorfully decorated boats that brought scores of cheering spectators to their feet Saturday evening....

Bayfront Homeowners Prep for “Rocking” Night in Venice Celebration

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! Sue Hornyak is transforming her Ocean City bayfront home on North Point Road into the “Big Top,” a circus-sized tribute to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. A few doors down on North Point Road, Suzy Dolaway’s bayfront house will become a giant, disco-themed party featuring the quintessential silver dance ball and lava lamps. Groovy, baby, groovy...

Federal Investigators Probe Ocean City Housing Authority’s Finances

Armed with a newly completed audit of the Ocean City Housing Authority, federal investigators are looking deeper into the finances of the troubled agency following the guilty plea of its former top executive on embezzlement charges. Bob Barr, a city councilman who serves as chairman of the housing authority’s board, said the agency turned over a packet of documents to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including some things that appeared “suspicious” during Alesia Watson’s former reign as executive director...

Customers’ Creations Shine at Potomac Bead Co. Store in Ocean City

There are beads everywhere – on the walls, on shelves, on tables, in display trays and in cups. Some are packaged in bags, while others lie loose like shiny, little baubles just waiting to be discovered. Bill Baumler took a look around and quizzically shook his head when asked exactly how many beads he has in his store. After pausing for a moment, he laughed and replied, “A lot.” Baumler then guessed he has about 100,000 beads...

Moving Ahead, Ocean City Prepares for Next Phase of $20 Million...

In a major development that will boost its $20 million dredging program, Ocean City has finally emptied out a disposal site where it has been taking muddy sediment removed from its shallow back bays for decades, representatives of a consulting firm told local residents during a town meeting Saturday organized by Councilman Bob Barr. Site 83, as it is known, had to be cleaned out before the city could move ahead with the next phase of the dredging program to deepen silt-choked lagoons and channels from one end of the barrier island to the other...