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Four African American youth will be facing charges stemming from vaping arrests in Ocean City on Monday. Cell phone video of the arrests sparked protests with officers using a taser and kneeing suspects. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Carl Snowden, convener of the Caucus of African American Leaders, about a demonstration that will take place outside the Worcester County courthouse on Monday morning.

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Ocean City is bracing this weekend for another H20i pop-up car gathering this weekend. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Susan Jones, director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, about what she expects in the coming days.

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July 4th was not simply a moment to celebrate the nation's birth, but also a time for many to finally emerge from the isolation that has been the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with many who arrived at Ocean City to enjoy the sun.

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Maryland state officials are expressing concern and calling for an investigation into incidents on videos that have surfaced from the weekend. One shows an Ocean City officer jamming his knee into the side of a young man who is face down on the ground. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with state Senator Mary Beth Carozza who represents the Lower Shore counties about the incidents.

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Plans for offshore wind farms has not settled well with some along the coastal communities of Maryland and Delaware. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Jeremy Firestone, professor and director of the Center for Research in Wind at the University of Delaware, about the impact of such operations beginning with their aesthetics and effect on tourism. (Part 1)

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As the crowds gather in Ocean City for the tourist season local restaurants are still coping with the coronavirus including restricted seating and positive tests among employees. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, says owners are still hopeful despite the virus.

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As tourists flock to Ocean City many of the resort's restaurants reopened for business. But a number of them closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, described for Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush the efforts by these restaurants to keep ahead of the virus. (Part 1)

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s most popular beach destination is set to reopen its shore this weekend after being closed for more than a month to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. News outlets report that Ocean City officials decided Monday to allow beaches and the boardwalk to open Saturday. City Council Secretary Mary Knight has suggested the city will allow visitors from out-of-town to spend the day at its beaches in addition to local residents. But a spokesman for the governor confirmed that day-trippers would go against the statewide stay-at-home order.

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The tourist season is expected to take a serious hit this summer with the restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. And, none more so than Ocean City with the closing of its Boardwalk businesses. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel, Motel and Restuarant Association about the prospects for this summer. 

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Legislative efforts are now underway in the Maryland General Assembly to curb the excesses of the event known as H2Oi.

The unsanctioned event that takes place in Ocean City has resulted in more than 15-hundred citations and over 121 arrests along with widespread reckless driving.

The measure would add reckless driving to the Special Event Zone law that would range from excessive and abrupt accelerations or braking to grinding gears or carrying a passenger on the hood or roof of the vehicle.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Hundreds of residents of Maryland and Delaware packed a public hearing held over the weekend to solicit opinions on offshore wind projects.

At least 700 people attended the hearing of the Maryland Public Service Commission on Saturday in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reported that the hearing was part of the commission's inquiry into impacts related to changes in the turbine sizes originally anticipated for use in two company's offshore wind projects.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Ocean City has playfully invited Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to vacation there after the couple said they would step back from royal duties.

The coastal city tweeted Wednesday that its "castles may not be as grand as those back home," but it's "a great place for any family looking to take a break from it all.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reported Friday that city officials weren't available to comment on whether the couple responded to the offer.

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Ocean City is changing the dates of its Sunfest this year in an effort to avoid coming at the same time as the unofficial gathering of car enthusiasts known as H2Oi.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the town event will now take place from Oct. 1st through the 4th.

Because this is a Leap Year the previous dates would have pushed Sunfest into the same weekend as H2Oi.

Last year when the car event took place in September there were some 121 arrests with some 15-hundred citations in addition to clashes breaking out among the participants.

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Construction of a meteorological tower for US Wind’s offshore project has been delayed.

WBOC reports that the tower is part of the wind farm that will be locate 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City.

The installation was to take place in the summer was delayed by Hurricane Dorian and a contract failure among other issues.

The company promised that the wind farm was still on track but that delays of this type are to be expected in projects like this.

The wind farm has been met with concerns about the impact on the resort – especially when it comes to tourism.

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Hotel owners in Ocean City want to end barring pets on the boardwalk during the tourist season.

Currently, they are only allowed from October 1st through April 30th.

Adam Showell the general manager of Castle in the Sand told WBOC that the ban impacts the plans of the hotel guests.

The Hotel Motel Restaurant Association will be going to the Mayor and City Council to see if they can get the ban lifted.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Developers of two planned wind farms off Maryland's coast now plan to build turbines more than 200 feet (61 meters) taller than initially proposed.

The revised plans are prompting another round of public review the projects, which received state approval in 2017.

Maryland's Public Service Commission issued an order last month reopening the case for public comment. Those comments are due by Friday.

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Ocean City is looking at increasing its parking rates.

WBOC reports these include rates at the Inlet and municipal lots as well as street parking.

City Engineer Terry McGean says that the resort’s taskforce is considering a number of options.

The efforts are designed to meet the services that are required during the busy tourist season.

But the make thing easier the resort is also considering making week day parking free during the shoulder season.

In addition, more street parking may be made available as well as offering certain types of discounts.

Just as Ocean City emerges from last weekend’s chaos that was the unaffiliated H2Oi motor event the same group is planning to crash a separate motor event within the next two weeks.

Endless Summer Cruisin’ takes place on October 10th.

WBOC reports that the Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzoro says that the resort is already looking for ways to deter the bad behavior of last weekend.

The television station reports that more than 700 people have signed up online from the unofficial H2Oi group to be in Ocean City for Endless Summer Cruisin’.

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Ocean City is bracing for the unofficial event known as H2Oi this coming weekend when thousands are expected to flood the resort.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the town has set up an Ocean City Motor Event Task Force.

And Police Chief Ross Buzzuro has said that he officers would exercise a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the motorist about to descend on the resort.

In addition, he said his department plans to partner with other law enforcement agencies to deal with the event.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A beached whale that initially drew a large crowd of Maryland oceanfront onlookers is dead.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore sent a team to Ocean City on Sunday morning to assess the condition of the juvenile sperm whale.

The aquarium said in an afternoon news release that aquarium veterinarians determined the whale has died. It says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Ocean City police will remove the animal from the beach. The department will perform a necropsy to determine what happened.

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