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Auto Thieves Hit Ocean City; Police Urge Owners to Lock Cars

An auto theft ring that has been targeting luxury cars and SUVs at the Jersey Shore hit Ocean City this week, prompting police to urge homeowners to lock their vehicles at night and remove the key fobs.

Ocean City Presses Fight Against Offshore Wind Farm

Ocean City plans to step up its fight against a proposed offshore wind energy farm during two upcoming public hearings that will represent a crucial regulatory showdown with the project’s developer. The city has intensified its criticism of plans by developer Orsted, a Danish energy company, to run a transmission line under Ocean City’s streets to connect the offshore wind turbines to the land-based power grid at the former B.L. England Generating Station in Marmora. Speaking during a City Council meeting Thursday night, City Business Administrator George Savastano outlined a strategy to attack Orsted’s proposal on several fronts during public hearings on Sept. 29 and Oct. 3.

Renovations to Spruce Up Ocean City Housing Complex

Work will soon get underway on the next phase of renovations for a formerly drab Ocean City housing complex that is getting its first major makeover since it was built in the 1960s. The $1.1 million interior renovation at Bayview Manor will include a facelift for the lobby, community room, bathrooms, laundry room, maintenance room, office and conference room.

Inspection Underway on Former Bank Building as City Considers Purchase

Pedestrians doing some shopping or having lunch in downtown Ocean City may notice a drone hovering around the landmark former Crown Bank building at the corner of Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue. The drone, owned by the city, is being used by an engineering consultant to check the structural condition of the exterior and windows of the six-story tower that was built in 1925. The engineering assessment is a prelude to the city’s possible purchase of the privately owned building out of bankruptcy.

Ocean City Air Show Draws Thousands to Beaches, Boardwalk

Have you ever seen a plane simply pause in midair, as if momentarily frozen in time? Pilot David Windmiller somehow made his single-engine aerobatic plane hang motionless for a few seconds at the apex of a climb – hovering above the ocean as the crowds at the Ocean City Boardwalk Aerobatic Show peered into the sky in disbelief. Windmiller and other pilots who performed at the air show Sunday afternoon also treated the thousands of spectators who lined the beaches and Boardwalk to an assortment of gravity defying rolls, loops and flips.

Planes, Skydivers Thrill Crowds at Ocean City Air Festival

As if on cue, the crowds at the Ocean City Airport Festival gazed overhead at 12 p.m. Saturday, using their hands to shield their eyes from the intense afternoon sunlight. Thousands of feet above the spectators, what first appeared to be tiny dots in the sky were actually the billowing parachutes of skydivers who were whirling around in circles as they descended toward earth.

Mighty Heron Charters Offers Affordable Fall Fishing Trips

Unlike some of the summer tourists who visit the shore, the fish don’t suddenly leave after the Labor Day weekend. Michael Doebley, of Mighty Heron Charters, notes that the fishing is great through the fall and can last up until the Christmas season. Mighty Heron Charters is offering affordable trips this fall to take advantage of the stellar fishing.

City Council to Consider Reinstating Zoom Meetings

For the past three months Ocean City residents have been urging City Council to resume livestreaming its meetings on Zoom to make local government more accessible to the public. It just may happen. Council is expected to consider a resolution at its Sept. 22 meeting to reinstate Zoom to give residents another option for watching the governing body conduct its business. Councilman Jody Levchuk said he wants to put the resolution up for a vote by the seven-member governing body while indicating that he supports reinstating Zoom.

Ocean City Protesters Denounce State’s Sex Ed Curriculum

Parents and other members of the community held a protest rally on Thursday evening to urge Ocean City’s school district not to teach the state’s controversial sex education curriculum to local students. After the rally, City Council backed the protesters by unanimously adopting a resolution in support of proposed state legislation, called the Parents Bill of Rights, that opposes the sex education curriculum.

Ocean City May Buy Former Bank Building

Ocean City will explore the possibility of buying the former Crown Bank building, the historic six-story structure that overlooks the heart of downtown at the corner of Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue. Built in 1925, the landmark building is “extremely worthy of consideration for acquisition, given its prime location within our downtown,” City Business Administrator George Savastano said. Savastano publicly disclosed the city’s interest in acquiring the property at 801 Asbury Ave. in a report to City Council during a meeting Thursday night. At the same time, he revealed that the building’s owner is now in bankruptcy.