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Cape May County Looks to “Co-Exist” With Wind Farm

With the prospect of 90 turbines sitting a mile apart 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City in a wind farm project slated for 2024, a public forum Tuesday laid out some concerns about the possible impacts on tourism, the environment and the fishing industry. The program, hosted by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, was held at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. The project is touted by Orsted, which has built 26 other wind farms, as one that would supply clean renewable energy, power more than half a million New Jersey homes and create thousands of jobs.

Warm Weather Means Bustling Boardwalk

Sun-splashed skies and temperatures reaching into the mid-50s served as the catalyst for a bustling Ocean City Boardwalk, where bicyclists, strollers and beachgoers crowded into the resort, creating a spring-like scene Sunday afternoon. Some families munched on pizza, others took their dogs for runs along the water’s edge and still others browsed stores, played in the arcades or surfed. The one thing in common was that everyone appeared to be having a great time.

OC’s Got Talent Wows Crowd at Hughes Performing Arts Center

Ocean City High School students performed their hearts out to the delight of spectators, some with soft, soothing piano pieces, and others with exciting routines, keeping the audience on the edges of their seats, wondering what will happen next. Eric Wagner started off the show with a bang, performing “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé. Eric demonstrated his phenomenal vocals and piano skills with this classic, leaving the audience in awe of the stellar performance. Later in the show, came a performance by Sophia and Nate Ginet. “Lava,” a song from the perspective of a lonely volcano looking for someone to love, or rather to “lava,” by James Ford Murphy, received a thunderous applause...

O.C. Marketing Campaign Strong For Summer

Ocean City is rolling out a robust advertising campaign for the summer season, one that will remind regular visitors it is time to book their trips. It is also designed to attract new tourists by touting the city's expansive beaches, entertainment, a Boardwalk filled with shops and amusements, dining, shopping and a range of accommodations. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission are focusing on the Philadelphia market, which encompasses South Jersey, as well as the entire Pennsylvania market, Maryland and Connecticut.

Beach Replenishment Looking Good in O.C.

If the popular saying “life’s a beach” holds true, there wasn’t a whole lot of life on the Ocean City shoreline from 45th Street through 59th Street in recent years. All that changed recently with the completion of a beach replenishment project which saw the 1.5 mile stretch from Corson’s Inlet State Park to 45th St., replenished with 555,000 cubic yards of new sand, according the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversaw the job. “It’s beautiful,” said nearby resident Paul Jaudinski. “It’s huge! We can almost give Wildwood a run for its money,” he said, referencing the famously wide stretch of sand of that other Cape May County resort. Jaudinski continued, “It used to be people were elbow-to-elbow on this beach. It was always crowded and the beach was so narrow. There should be a lot more room for everybody when the crowds return in the summer.” Jaudinski also had praise for the Army Corps and the contractors who completed the work...

O.C. Summer Concerts to Include Don McClean

Ocean City’s popular Summer Concert Series on the Music Pier announces two new acts for the 2020 season: Don McLean with opening act Al Stewart (August 17) and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 6). Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 20 for both these shows with a special pre-sale (use code BRE) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. McLean is best known for his eight-and-a-half minute epic sing-along “American Pie,” and Stewart hit it big in the 1970s with tracks like “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages.” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are icons of the Jersey Shore music scene and are still rocking with soulful guitars and blistering horns...

Hey, Seagulls — Raptors Returning in 2020

Those flocks of menacing seagulls that swoop down to steal French fries, pizza and ice cream from unsuspecting tourists will be in for a surprise this summer. Ocean City will bring back a successful program that uses raptors such as hawks, falcons and owls to scare away gulls from the beaches and Boardwalk. City Council approved a resolution to solicit bids for the seagull abatement program at a meeting Thursday night. When asked how it worked last year, City Business Administrator George Savastano called it "extremely successful."

O.C. Gears up for U.S. Census

The official U.S. Census takes place only once every 10 years and can be a vital tool to assess needs in a community, programs and growth, and it is coming up this spring. Ocean City is not going to be left out, officials said. The community created a committee, made up of representatives from the city, schools, churches and businesses, to work together to create awareness about the importance of everybody being counted.

New Additions Coming to O.C. Boardwalk, Beaches

The busy tourist season, when throngs of visitors and residents head to the Boardwalk to enjoy amusements and shops or lounge on the beach before a dip in the ocean, is just months away. And Ocean City will be ready. In a continued effort to make visiting or living in Ocean City as convenient and enjoyable as possible for everyone, the city is adding seasonal bathrooms at three Boardwalk entrances and more Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant ramps in the few areas that do not have them yet.

Giant Indoor Sale to Feature Boardwalk, Downtown Merchants

For likely the first time in Ocean City’s history, the Boardwalk merchants and the downtown shops are joining forces to offer customers one event in one location to showcase items at special prices in a one-day sale called Market Madness. On Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., shoppers will be able to browse merchandise from more than 40 Boardwalk shops and downtown stores all at the historic Flanders Hotel. Unique specialty items will be featured at discounts, along with a host of amusement ride operator tables, eateries and candy stores selling gift cards and other items.