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Sweet Treats Await at O.C. Farmers and Crafters Market

Families looking for some sweet deals in the way of farm fresh veggies and fruits should visit the Ocean City Farmers & Crafters Market, which opens Wednesday. The market is held on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 9. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings are required. Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian said the weekly event through the summer offers the right recipe for those who want to get out in the fresh air and shop.

Tip to Shore Travelers: Turtle Crossing Time

Tiny turtles crawling on the road this time of year are no match for the much faster cars and trucks. Motorists should be on the lookout as the female diamondback terrapins cross the road to look for areas to lay their eggs.

O.C. Offers Guided Beach Walks

Nature lovers have just the right thing to explore in Ocean City. A hidden gem, something little known to visitors and residents, are guided beach tours on the south end of town. And this year, the tours are free to eliminate the exchange of cash during the coronavirus pandemic. They begin July 1 and run Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through August. Volunteer beach guides take out groups and share information on environmental topics, including seashells, birds, the ocean, beach vegetation, marine creatures and more.

Ocean City Schools Prepare For Reopening

Gov. Phil Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet detailed a plan on Friday for the “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education,” to help schools reopen in the fall. That means schools will open for in-person instruction at the start of the school year in September. Ocean City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said the district will be ready to reopen in the fall and has been developing a fluid plan for weeks.

Ocean City Buys 218,000 Face Masks for Public

Ocean City is proving that it is being proactive in the fight against COVID-19 with a hefty purchase price of more than $200,000 to provide masks to any resident or visitor who may need one. In a City Council resolution at the June 11 meeting, the governing body approved the purchase of 218,000 surgical masks for a total of $215,620. “The masks are available to the public on the Boardwalk at the Music Pier and at welcome centers throughout town,” explained Public Information Officer Doug Bergen. “They will be distributed to anybody who needs one at city events.”

Ocean City Ministerium Honors Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 will likely remember much about their final months as seniors. They, too, will be remembered for their resilience, perseverance and ability to handle a change in life that was like no other for many in this lifetime. On Tuesday night, the Ocean City Ministerium hosted a Baccalaureate Ceremony for the Ocean City High School Class of 2020, which featured pastors, Mayor Jay Gillian and performers, including a trio from OCHS...

Gov. Murphy Gives Go-Ahead to Reopen Amusement Parks

In a boost for the Ocean City Boardwalk, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that outdoor amusement parks, water parks and playgrounds may reopen July 2. Murphy said in a tweet that there will be a limit of 50 percent capacity and face coverings will be required. However, Murphy noted that the plan is being finalized.

Ocean City Revises Beach Cabana Rules

On May 14, City Council approved a resolution to limit the locations and sizes of cabanas, canopies, and tents on Ocean City's beaches. While cabanas are still banned this summer on the beaches between First and 10th streets, some other restrictions have been eased in a revised set of regulations approved by Council this month, officials said. Initially, the canopies and cabanas had to be placed at the back of the beach within 10 feet of the dunes and could be no bigger than 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep by 6 feet tall. The new regulations now allow cabanas up to 10 feet by 10 feet and no longer require them to be placed at the back of the beach.

Ocean City Vacation Rental Website Offers Array of Possibilities

A new vacation rental website launched in Ocean City gives homeowners and realtors a site to showcase their listings with no added fees, and vacationers a site to find their perfect getaway from the Gold Coast to the Gardens and the rest of town. Duane Watlington, founder of Vacation Rentals Jersey Shore LLC, said VROCNJ with the website,, provides a lot of ways to connect with no hidden fees or taxes. Watlington, a real estate agent, started with a site dedicated to Long Beach Island four years ago and another in the Wildwoods last year.

O.C. Library Offers New “Reading Challenge”

The Ocean City Free Public Library is calling on children, teens, and adults to participate in a virtual “Reading Challenge,” that will not only hone their skills, but also garner them prizes. The library will be using the Beanstack website to host the exciting new remote year-round event. And it all began Monday, with the summer reading contest that runs through Aug. 23. Signing up is free and anyone can participate. Since the library closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff has offered an array of virtual events, programming, and books to access online. Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the restriction on curbside pickup, which will begin on June 22. Questions may be emailed to Library Director Karen Mahar called the Reading Challenge a fantastic, new program...