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Ocean City Moves Ahead on Projects to Improve Drainage, Roads

Ocean City is quickly completing crucial parts of road and flood-mitigation projects before shutting them down for the busy summer season. The projects include paving and pipe work on West 17th Street as well as the creation of a retaining wall in the area of a stormwater pumping station for the bayside neighborhood. Separately, the city is completing concrete work for road and drainage project on Waterway Road before Memorial Day weekend. The overall project is scheduled to be finished by June.

Ocean City Celebrates After-Prom in “Denim and Diamonds”

On Saturday, Ocean City High School students went from dining and dancing at the historic Flanders Hotel for the prom to enjoying games, inflatables, snacks and prizes galore at the After-Prom celebration. The free festivities ran from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the high school. It was made possible through the volunteers who gave their time to the event as well as local businesses that donated food, gifts, games and more.

Ocean City Rolls Out Red Carpet For Prom

Before the dancing, dining and socializing came the part of the evening that leaves the most lasting impression -- the red carpet. Ocean City High School prom-goers didn’t let a little rain ruin their night as they sashayed, strolled, and sauntered down the red carpet inside the Flanders Hotel on Saturday night.

Superintendent Search Tops Busy School Board Meeting

The Ocean City Board of Education members went over a lot of ground Thursday night, from who would lead the district and where the superintendent search is to date, and whether it would be wise to change their regular meeting night.

Pride Fest Coming to Ocean City

“We Belong Cape May County” will host Ocean City’s first ever OC Pride Fest celebrating the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, June 10. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. at 6th Street and the Boardwalk. Festivities will include a Pride Walk.

Ocean City Schools Superintendent Details Decision to Leave

Ocean City Schools Superintendent Matthew Friedman said he agonized over whether he should take a position in another district or stay in the resort just as he was getting to know the community and settling in. Ultimately, he opted to take another position. He will leave the district June 30, after spending a year in Ocean City, to begin a position as the superintendent in a larger district close to his home in Bucks County, Pa.

Ocean City OKs Restrictions on Cellphone Towers, Antennas

Ocean City will control where cellphone towers and antennas are built in the future, by restricting them to city property and on utility poles. Voting 7-0, City Council approved a new zoning ordinance Thursday that will give the city authority to make sure cellphone towers and antennas aren’t popping up on private property.

Ocean City’s Business Community to “Plunge” into Summer

With his rusted-shut leather briefcase in hand, Ocean City realtor John Walton addressed City Council on Thursday night. He was there on official business to highlight some of the plans for one of the wackiest traditions in the resort – the Business Persons Plunge. Walton organizes the plunge, now in its 20th year. The popular event is held at start of the Memorial Day weekend and is meant to herald in a robust tourism season for the business community.

Point Sailing School Instructor Ready to Teach Craft

Tyler Myers has a goal for this summer, to teach more people the art of sailing and share with them some of the techniques and skills that have taken the expert sailor from his hometown of Marmora to regattas all over North America. He opened Point Sailing School in 2022 in Beesley’s Point. After a successful season of teaching his craft to everyone from young children to seniors, in camps, private lessons, and group sessions, he is hoping to bring his expertise to even more would-be sailors this year.

Update: Ocean City School Board Reviews Superintendent Candidates

The Board of Education met Wednesday night for a special meeting to discuss the search for the next schools superintendent to lead the district. Superintendent of Schools Matthew Friedman resigned at the end of March. His last day is June 30. He accepted a position as superintendent of the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa.