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The Heart of Surfing event, held Saturday afternoon on the 7th St Beach, was the most successful yet both in participation, and fundraising to aid children with autism. The event, now in its third year, included a conventional surfing contest and surfing sessions for special needs individuals. Volunteers assisted the special needs participants in catching waves, standing on the boards, and sometimes riding tandem.
In a town that loves its parades – Ocean City has the Halloween, Christmas and world-famous Doo Dah just to name three – Wednesday’s Miss New Jersey Parade might be considered a bit underrated. But that is about to change if Karen Mahar has anything to say about it. “I am feeling good about our lineup and I hope people come out,” Parade Director Mahar said. “It is in the middle of the week and the summer season still isn’t (in full swing) and I am not sure all our residents and visitors know about it. But it really is a nice event.”
Congratulations to Aspen Lawler and Nick Brady as that move on to the second round tomorrow and Dylan McGuckin who surfs long board tomorrow on 1/4 finals. Go OC!!!
Exactly once a year, dogs are welcome on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Not only is that fact alone special, but the presence of the canines helped to benefit an outstanding cause, the Humane Society of Ocean City. The former “Barks on the Boards” parade was re-launched on Saturday as “Show Us Your Paws,” a play on the famous “show us your shoes” mantra of Atlantic City’s Miss America Parade and Ocean City’s own Miss New Jersey Pageant parade.
Two giant green aliens and a suspected UFO landed in Ocean City yesterday, providing an unusual sight for local residents and visitors to the Boardwalk. But unlike the furor caused by Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast of the 1940s, alleging a similar fictional New Jersey visit from extraterrestrials, and causing widespread panic, Thursday’s Ocean City “ landing” brought mostly smiles and no screams.
Last night, Jim Mallon informed City Council that we will proceed with the north end pump station project with an outfall basin at the end of Sixth Street. The $8.7 million drainage project aims to bring relief to thousands of residents affected by some of the worst flooding in Ocean City, and it takes advantage of a $5 million grant from FEMA.
Following several months of discussions with representatives of permitting agencies, including the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection administration, the state Green Acres program and the Division of Land Use Regulation and Coastal Regulation, the city has decided it is prudent to move forward with its north-end pump station project with the outfall located at Sixth Street, where it was originally proposed.
City Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance Thursday night that bans hotels, motels and multi-family residences from having mechanical parking lifts in Ocean City's hospitality zone. Mayor Jay Gillian, who supported the measure, said mechanical lifts are a potential safety hazard. He also said he feared that parts of Ocean City would "look like New York," with cars stacked high up on parking lifts throughout the downtown area.