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At exactly 12 noon Saturday, the spectators peered overhead and began pointing to what appeared to be three tiny white clouds that looked like fluffy cotton balls. As the seconds ticked away and the white objects moved closer to earth, it became clear that they were actually the billowing parachute canopies of three skydivers descending on the Ocean City Municipal Airport for its annual air festival.
City Council agreed Thursday night to pay $9 million to buy a strategically located tract of land that will now be protected from high-density housing construction and may be preserved as open space or serve as the home for a new Ocean City police station. The 7-0 vote capped some testy exchanges between the governing body and a handful of local residents, who argued that the city is overpaying for the property and should not buy it until there are specific plans for the site.
Mayor Jay Gillian, in his latest storm update, said the forecasts continue to put Hurricane Florence on a track away from Ocean City. He also said the city will be prepared if Florence or the remnants of the storm take a turn. Ocean City's Public Works crews are piling sand in front of dune crossovers, repairing and clearing storm drains and checking pumps and other infrastructure as a precaution.
A visitor to Tuesday night’s Ocean City September 11 remembrance event expressed surprise at the large crowd in attendance at the Ocean City Tabernacle. “You must be new around here,” said a firefighter standing nearby. “This is Ocean City. We don’t forget things like September 11.” Indeed, Ocean City delivered a stirring event to remember the thousands of victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building outside Washington, D.C., and on a hijacked plane in the skies above Pennsylvania.
There may not be many storm chasers in Ocean City, but there are plenty of storm watchers. As Hurricane Florence gained strength a thousand miles offshore and took aim at a likely East Coast landfall on Thursday, so did the traditional run on bread and milk, and storm-related items like sandbags, flashlights and plywood. But for a significant number of Ocean City residents and visitors, the venture from a toasty bedroom into the flooded streets, 50-plus mile per hour wind gusts and eroded beaches had more to do with observing nature’s fury on Monday than preparing for it.
A National Weather Service Coastal Flood Warning will remain effect for Ocean City through 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Strong northeast winds are pushing water and rough surf toward the coastline at the same time that a new moon is causing higher-than-normal tides. Rain and thunderstorms also remain in the forecast for Monday.
Heavy rain put a damper on Ocean City’s Classic Car and Street Rod Show, as well as what was supposed to be a glamorous parade Saturday afternoon of the vintage autos on the Boardwalk. The old cars and trucks lined up for the parade, but few people were around to enjoy the spectacle.
The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and lasting through Monday night. Strong northeast winds will push water and rough surf toward the coastline during higher-than-normal tides as we approach a new moon this weekend. Forecasters also predict periods of heavy rain.
Under the Streetlamp, one of the most popular groups to perform Doo Wop, early Rock 'n' Roll and Motown, will appear with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra at the Music Pier this Saturday and Sunday, with both shows starting at 7:30 p.m. The group’s repertoire includes favorite songs from the Drifters, Beach Boys, Beatles, Motown and a medley of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hits, just to name a sampling.