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Inside Ocean City Publisher Sandy Phillips Edited by Nelson Griffin Creative Director Farin Lewis Including photography from: Brooke Brittingham Brandon Phillips Next Wave Studios For Advertising Information Inside Ocean City (410)726-7334 creative@grandlivingmag.com

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an you feel the excitement? You’re in Maryland’s world famous beach resort! Over nine miles of pristine beaches await your toes. Yet there is so much more to see and do. The bayside of the island offers an array of watersports, including jet skis, catamarans, paddleboards, bottom fishing and more. There are amazing restaurants, fun places for the whole family and adventures just a shells toss from the island. To find out more, just turn the pages of this book. It’s going to be a great vacation! On behalf of the staff of Inside Ocean City, let the fun begin!

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Inside Ocean City is an annual publication, circulated throughout Ocean City, Maryland, published by Grand Living Magazine, LLC. Inside Ocean City is protected under trademark registration. No portion, in whole or part, of this publication maybe reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means; electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission of the Publisher. Copyright 2021 ©, Grand Living Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Printed in China. Content in Inside Ocean City is intended to provide information only. While the company makes every effort to ensure that all information presented is correct, we do not make any representations or warranties as to claims made by advertisers in this publication, nor do we assume responsibility for image copyright on images submitted by an advertiser. Neither Grand Living Magazine LLC, Inside Ocean City or its staff are responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the publisher.


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Insider Notes Public Transportation Map Must Haves Ocean City Beach Patrol Beach Safety Rip Currents Beyond the Beach Assateague Island National Seashore Assateague State Park Inside Ocean City Celebrating 20 years! Area Happenings Watersports Boating Safety Boating With Your Dog Family Fun Rainy Day Suggestions You're Never Alone With Coastal Hospice Golf Blue Crabs Dine Coastal Crab Picking 101 Pub Masters Revisited Happy Hour Mixology Beach Weddings

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AAA Emergency Road Service - 800-222-4357 Alcoholics Anonymous - 410-219-2117 Animal Control - 410-723-6649 Atlantic General Hospital - 410-641-1100 Beach Patrol - 410-289 -7556 Cape May Lewes Ferry - 800-64-FERRY City Hall - 410-289-8221 Coast Guard - 410-289-7559 Convention Center, 40th St. - 410-289-2800 District Court, 65th St. - 410-723-6935 Fire Dept. Headquarters, 15th St. - 410-289-4346 Greyhound Trailways Buses - 800-231-2222 Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Assoc. - 410-289-6733 Library, 100th St. - 410-524-1818 Lost and Found (Police Dept.) - 410-723-6611 Marine Natural Resources Police - 410-548-7070 Maryland State Police - 410- 641-3101 Ocean City Animal Hospital -410-213-1170 Ocean City Municipal Airport - 410-213-2471 Ocean City Surfing Beaches - 410-289-7556 Peninsula Regional Medical Center - 410-546-6400 Salisbury - 410-546-6400 Police Dept., 65th St. - 410-723-6610 Recreation and Parks, 125th St. - 410-250-0125 Ticketmaster Toll Free - (800) 551-SEAT Visitor Information, 40th St. - 410-289-2800 Western Union - 800-325-6000 Worcester County Animal Control -410-632-1342

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Lost or Stolen Credit Cards

Snacking on the Beach Sand Crabs Marsh Periwinkles Avoiding Amusement Park Meltdown Doggies on the Beach Free Activities Tipping in the Resort

Lost or Stolen Travelers Checks

Discover - 800-347-2683 Master Card - 800-826-2181 Visa - 800-336-8472

Am Ex. - 800-528-4800 Mastercard - 800-223-7373 Traveler's Cheque - 800-645-6556 Visa - 800-227-6811


Beach Weddings 115 116 117

Kylan Barn Next Wave Studios Platinum Tuff Entertainment

Culture & Entertainment 75 75

Fox Gold Coast Theater Sun & Surf Cinema

Pooch Palooza Dog Festival

Family Fun 73 Back 72 69 73

Golf 80 81 81 81

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Flashback Old Time Photos Frontier Town Next Wave Studios Ocean City Parks & Recreation Smith Island Cruises

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Happy Hour

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Ocean 98/ Irie Radio OC Hotel Motel Restaurant Town of Ocean City Worcester County Tour-

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Holiday Real Estate

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Watersports 65 62

Bayside Boat Rentals Odyssea Watersports

A sincere “thank you” to our sponsors. Please visit their businesses, they helped make this book possible.

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The common laughing gulls, shown stealing fries, make that familiar sound we associate with seagulls. They will be laughing at you if you willingly share food with them. This photo was intentionally shot to share this message, and not an activity Inside Chincoteague supports. Please don't feed the seagulls!

he word "seagull" is an informal way of referring to birds that belong to the species Laridae (the Gulls). There are more than a dozen types of gulls that call the Eastern Shore home in the summer. Many arrive for mating, and others have become resort residents. The most noted of the gulls and the ones most likely to steal your fries are the Herring Gulls. This bird sports a traditional gull plumage, including a slate-gray back and wings, a white body and head, and black wingtips, which are often spotted with white. The legs of the Herring Gull are pink and the eyes yellow. Because there are likely juveniles on the beach with their elders, you will also see Herring Gulls that are a mottled brown with a level of grey on their backs. Young Herring Gulls mature over four years, so there is a constant mix of plumage on the beach among the same type of gull. However, you won't see the babies out with the family. Like most baby birds, they reside in the nest until they can fly. Quite simply, if you can see them, then predators can see them. The tiny birds will make a tasty meal for fox and predatory birds, like hawks and falcons, which will hunt gulls when they are on the ground. And, yes, fox do reside on the island as well as hawks, eagles and falcons in the air. Every Herring Gull within 100 yards will know if you have Doritos and if one bird sees one tiny chip hit the sand, that bird will tell 50 other birds about your treasure before you make the first crunch. Snack wisely on the beach! If they do land near your towel, don't panic. You're greatest risk is that they will deposit a calling card while they are there, but they are very unlikely to hurt you. We would strongly advise you not to feed the birds while you're on the beach as having a large number of birds instantly flock (it really will happen that fast) to your blanket is not a pleasant experience for you or nearby beach-goers. Simply keep your food closely vested and put it away when you are finished snacking. 18

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and Crabs, aka Mole Crabs, Sand Fleas, or Sand Diggers are small creatures that live just below the ocean floor and can often be found along the surf line if you dig down just a couple of inches. The sand crabs are egg-shaped with a light gray or pinkish shell, and two antennas topped with eyes protruding slightly. The sand crabs are small in size, ranging from 1/4" to 2", and females are generally larger than their male counterparts. Wave action deliveries an ongoing show, as these little crabs are continuously brought on Shore. They can be endlessly entertaining to children who love to watch their skittish movements along the ocean's edge while they frantically dig under the sand to find protection. If you are lucky enough to catch one or find one while digging along the surf line, take just a moment to hold the crab in your hand to experience the gentle tickle as the crab tries to burrow in your hand. It's one of those beach experiences you will never forget. Please keep in mind that these creatures need their aquatic environment to survive. Don't keep them out of the water too long; there is always another crab nearby that can do a few short minutes out of the water to continue your fun with the kids. Sand crabs have a signature movement, and unlike most crabs that traverse the beach from right to left, sand crabs are backward burrowers. If you let one go on the wet sand, you can watch them begin digging with their rear claws and quickly back into the sand, leaving only their eyestalks barely visible. Why all the rush for cover? Sand crabs are often a food source for shorebirds and for larger fish who feed along the ocean floor. The upside is that females lay about 45,000 eggs at one time, and the breeding season runs from February through October. Once eggs have been laid, they will hatch at sea, and the young will reach adulthood in just five months. Of course, some are lost to natural selection, but there is still a large population that will reach the Shore for your entertainment. Are you worried about your kids playing with crabs? Unlike Maryland's Blue Crab and many other species of crustacean, these little guys do not bite or pinch; they are entirely harmless. Remember that sand crabs need their ocean home to survive, they won't make it home to your aquarium and don't live in small cages, like hermit crabs, so please put them back for future generations to enjoy.

Marsh Periwinkles The Marsh Periwinkleis small snail (mollusk) with a

thick, spiraling shell that is slightly pointed. It is neutral in color despite its name, varying color from grayishwhite to tan. Many periwinkles also sport reddish-brown flecks on the shell's ridges and can reach one inch in length. You can find them in tidal marshes and wetlands throughout the middle and lower the Chesapeake Bay. You will often see Periwinkles grazing on algae right on marsh grass stalks, which is also an excellent place for them to avoid predators, including blue crabs, mud crabs, and terrapins. Inside Ocean City

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e've all been to the amusement or water park and witnessed the total meltdown of the kid who is not tall enough to get on the ride. It's no fun for anyone. The well intended parent who immediately comes to the child's defense requesting the "one exception," and the poor park employee who now has to not only enforce park rules, but try to defuse an out of control child and an irate parent. "But his birthday is next week!" "But he's almost tall enough!" "No one will know..." There is nothing personal going on here, it all comes down to state law and insurance regulations. While I have personally seen some tall 11-year-olds, there is no wiggle room when it comes to insurance company rules. It's all about the facts. It only takes the one kid, who is just 1/2 inch short, or whose real under aged date of birth, shows up on a medical report submitted to insurance, that will revoke the park's license to operate. You have to understand that the proprietor is enforcing the rules to keep his business open. Honestly, you have to commend them on following the standards for everyone's safety. Avoiding the scene is easy, particularly in today's world. Simply visit the website of the park you wish to visit and scout age/size appropriate rides ahead of time. Arrive with a plan! If the park fun is spur of the moment, quickly scout the information posted at the gate, (it's always there) or ticket booth and steer your child toward age/size appropriate rides. When the topic of the "big" ride/flume comes up, and it will. Let your child know that it's not an option for today, and perhaps there might be a return trip in the future which will afford the opportunity to ride. Keep the conversation moving forward, and on a positive note, so there is no room for argument, and a meltdown doesn't ensue. There's always next summer and something to look forward too! 20

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cean City permits furry four-legged visitors on the beach during the off season, which is from October 1 through April 30. There’s more room to run, and frisbee’s are much easier to catch, when there are not sun bathers to navigate. Please be sure to clean-up after your pooch. Off-season dates and clean-up laws are strictly enforced! Visit ococean.com for more on the rules. When Fido travels with you in season, you can both enjoy a romp at the Ocean City Dog Playground, located on 94th Street, bayside. The playground is divided into two sections; one for small dogs (under 28 lbs), the other for larger dogs (over 28 lbs). A Dog Pass Access Card is required for admission and is available from Ocean City Recreation and Parks, located at 200, 125th Street, bayside. The front desk is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed on holidays. Dog Access Cards are available weekly and annually. All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccine and a valid dog license from a municipality. Details are available online at ococean.com or by calling 800-OC-OCEAN. Be sure to ask for a copy of Delmarva Unleashed, the Shore's only dog magazine, when you check in most anywhere in town with your dog!


Tipping in the Resort

FREE Activities Sundaes in the Park with a FREE Fireworks Show Northside Park on 125th St. Most Sunday evenings in July & August 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Beach Dance Parties

Caroline St. & the Boards Themed parties with live entertainment from DJ Batman and guest. Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Movies on the Beach

27th St. on the Beach Monday & Fridays at 8:30 p.m. 118th St. on the Beach in front of the Carousel Hotel. 8:30 p.m.

Sunset Park Party Nights

Sunset Park, South Divison St. & the Bay Thursdays from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Family Games

27th Street Dates and times vary

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Proper tipping shows others that you’re “socially groomed.” You’re not a cheapskate nor a showoff. It is however better to over tip than under tip, but there are critical limits on both ends of the spectrum. Proper tipping also ensures good service, particularly from a bartender. If there is a party of four or more, tip the bartender $10 on your first round. He/she will remember your generousity and pay particular attention to the group. Thereafter tip the standard for each round; $1 for a beer, $2 for a mixed drink. The amount of gratuity depends on the service being provided and is usually a percentage of the total bill. If a service is already expensive, and you cannot afford to tip the proper percentage, then you cannot afford the service. The acceptable tip for food servers, cocktail servers, and bartenders is 15% to 20% of the total bill. The American wait staff is paid an average hourly wage of $3.63 by their employer. If about $145.00, for a week’s worth of carting food and beverage back and forth from grumpy kitchen cooks to waiting customers sounds low to you, that’s because it is. The National Restaurant Association explains this issue, by citing the federal minimum wage law, which allows employers to pay employees, who receive tips, a lesser wage. Employees, who are tipped, count on gratuities to make up for this huge difference. You may feel that paying your waiter’s salary should not be your responsibility, but if you are eating out, you will be expected to tip and to do so appropriately. If you are hesitant to tip because you received poor service, do not skip out on gratuity; instead ask to speak to the manager. Most will be very appreciative to learn of less than quality service, and sometimes all the waitstaff needs is a little direction to improve their level of service. Other than waitstaff at a restaurant, there are others who appreciate tips for quality service. In some instances you will find a “tip jar” in a central location, proper standards are very much appreciated here too. See our tip guide for those standards.

Barista - $1 Bartender - $1 for a beer, $2 for mixed drinks Bellboy - $1-$2 Cabbie - 15% of the total fare Caddy- 50% of the caddy fee Dock Boy - $5 Golf Cart Attendant - $2 Jet Ski & Parasail Attendant - $5-$10 depending on the size of your party

Maid Service - $1-$10 per day depending onthe mess you made Pet Sitter - 15% Pizza Delivery Person - 5% Restroom Attendant - $1 Spa Services - 15% to 20% of the of the bill. Tow Truck Driver - $5

You expect excellent customer service, do your part in tipping!


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Public Transportation The Boardwalk Tram Traveling from the Inlet to the North Station on 27th Street, the Boardwalk tram will stop at most any location along the route to load or discharge passengers. This half hour ride traverses the entire Boardwalk and offers a beautiful view of the beach, ocean and Boardwalk experience. Tram fare is $4.00 per person, per boarding, one way ride. Discount fare punch cards are available for a fee of $26 for 8 rides, and are available at the Tram Station or from a Tram Conductor. The unlimited ride pass, at a cost of $8, allows a passenger to get on and off the Boardwalk tram as much as they like between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Unfortunately, the unlimited ride pass is not available during Holidays, Holiday Weekends or Special Events. (Restrictions may apply.) Unlimited ride passes are available at both the Tram Stations and from the Conductor. The tram operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions. For further information, see the station operator, visit oceancitymd.gov, or call one of the following numbers: 410-520-4394 or 410-723-1606.

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Coastal Highway Transit Ride the Beach Bus Take a ride on Ocean City’s municipal buses that travel along Coastal Highway. Our buses are safe, clean, reliable, and convenient. A $3 RideAll-Day pass allows you to ride from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Don’t forget, with your pass, you can transfer to one of our Park & Ride buses at no additional cost and go to beautiful West Ocean City. All Ocean City buses are handicap accessible. If a vehicle lift/ramp and securement area can accommodate a mobility device, Ocean City Transportation will transport the device and user. Free: Children 42 inches in height and under, ADA Certified Disabled card holders and Ocean City Resident Senior Bus Pass holders. Proof of eligibility may be required. Visit OceanCitymd.gov for specific times and fees. Fees subject to change.

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andy Kitchen has been making homemade salt water taffy, creamy fudge, and hand-dipped chocolates since 1937. Family owned and operated, Candy Kitchen has passed down original recipes from generation to generation using only the finest ingredients. Over the years, Candy Kitchen has expanded their product line to offer custom packaging, great gifts for all occasions, plush toys and novelties. Candy Kitchen has 20 convenient locations throughout the beaches of Maryland and Delaware. Come visit one of their stores or shop online and see why Candy Kitchen has been the “Sweetest Place at the Beach” for over 83 years! 32

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Ocean City Locations Now in West Ocean City! Boardwalk Somerset & Boardwalk Dorchester & Boardwalk 2nd St. & Boardwalk 9th St. & Boardwalk Coastal Highway 22nd St. & Philadelphia Ave. 28th St. & Philadelphia Ave. 53rd St. & Coastal Highway 64th St. & Coastal Highway 93rd St. & Coastal Highway Gold Coast Mall 123rd St. & Coastal Highway Additional Locations Fenwick Island, DE Bethany Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach, DE Corporate Office: 5301 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 410-524-6002 candy@candykitchens.com 33

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Beach Rules

Ocean City’s Beach Patrol

The Ocean City Beach Patrol is responsible for maintaining a safe, secure, and enjoyable atmosphere on the beach and in the ocean. The Surf Rescue Technician on the stand carries out this responsibility, by informing the public and enforcing applicable rules, laws and local ordinances. For your protection and safety, the activities below are either Prohibited or Regulated by Beach Patrol. • No alcoholic beverages • No dogs on the beach, between May 1 - Sept. 30 • No sleeping on the beach between 10 p.m. & 6 a.m. • No use of skim boards between 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. • No glass containers • No loud music The following activities are under the discretion of Beach Patrol • Ball playing and Frisbee throwing • Umbrella placement beyond the established line • Kite flying • Digging holes in the sand • Fishing while OCBP is on duty • Surfing in designated areas only (See Surfing Beaches)

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Learn to swim and obey the rules of the swimming area. Swim in patrolled areas only; 10 a.m. –5:30 p.m. Never swim alone. Check with the lifeguard about current conditions before entering the ocean. Obey all laws, ordinances, rules and directives from lifeguards. If you hear a whistle, stop what you are doing and look directly at the lifeguard for information. Never dive into unknown water or shallow breaking waves. Don’t swim near wooden pilings, rock jetties or the pier. Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device. If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, call or wave for help. The ocean can be unpredictable, treat it with respect. Take seriously, the warning of the SRT (Surf Rescue Technician/Lifeguard) when storms are in the area. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is in constant communication with the National Weather Service. When instructed by Beach Patrol personnel, please secure your belongings and leave the beach immediately for everyone’s safety.


Lifeguards — Introduce your child to the lifeguard on your beach.

Explain to them that if they get lost, go to the nearest lifeguard and tell them that they are lost. The lifeguards will help family members reunite.

Beach Safety Warning...Holes!

A message from the Ocean city Beach Patrol Actual Hole on OC Beach Image courtesy OCBP

Sunscreen — Remember to apply sunscreen with

a minimum of SPF 30, thirty minutes before going outdoors and again every two hours even if your sunscreen is waterproof. Apply sunscreen to your whole body; your bathing suit can move and expose unprotected skin. There is no such thing as all-day protection. Sunburn is the most common injury that happens to people at the beach. A blistering sunburn during adolescence doubles the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.

Fluids — When you are outside in warm weather, your body needs plenty of water. Remember to drink lots of water even if you are not thirsty. Dehydration can be a serious problem, so drink plenty of liquids. Water is best. Be careful when digging holes. No hole should be deeper than the knees of the shortest person near the hole. Sand is very unstable and may suddenly collapse without warning and cause a suffocation emergency. Holes also create a potential danger for those people responsible for maintaining and patrolling the beach throughout the night. This hole was so deep that a six-foot man would have only been able to touch the rim with hands overhead. If this hole had collapsed, the outcome would have been a fatality. They never thought they might have been digging their own grave. Remember, if you dig it, fill it. We are glad you are here, and we want you to remain safe!

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Never dive headfirst into the water!

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The Unsecured Umbrella: An umbrella blown across the beach by the wind has caused many injuries. When strong gusty winds blow, umbrella tops should be set facing into the wind. Make sure a good size hole is dug and pack in sand firmly around it.

Wind Direction Flotation Devices: Bodyboards, Noodles, and other Flotation Aids can be

considered a hazard in the ocean. Many drownings and rescue incidents are associated with the use of inappropriate flotation devices. Many people associate “safety” with flotation aids and feel safe going out much further than they should. Currents or wind can move an unsuspecting person into deep water or far off shore. This is an invitation to disaster; people may be separated from the device by waves, slipping off or choose to prematurely let go of the device to try and make better progress to shore. Remember, flotation aids that move with waves travel with considerable speeds with the compound force of the wave behind you. The weight of a person on a speeding object may cause an injury if there is a collision with another person or the hard packed beach surface. Hard objects, such as surfboards, kayaks and skim boards can be especially hazardous. For these reasons, Coast Guard approved lifejackets are the only devices allowed on the lifeguard protected beach.

Jelly Fish

Most jellyfish in our area are not toxic enough to give you more than a little sting and a rash. If stung by a jellyfish, get a medical professional or marine animal expert to help determine the type of jellyfish to help assess the proper method of treatment. Check to see if lifeguards are flying a purple flag. 40

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Wrong Sand Holes — You might want to think twice

before digging that hold to China…beach dangers can occur in the sand as well as the surf! More people are killed or injured every year from a sand hole collapsing than a shark attack. When people dig really large holes, we’re talking multiple feet deep, they run the risk of the hole caving in on them. What’s more, the collapsing sand completely submerges the victim, leaving no evidence of what just occurred—a scary thought if no one was watching. Digging sand tunnels can also be dangerous and can collapse on the person digging the tunnel. How to avoid a sand trap? Don’t dig holes deeper than your knees and fill in any stray holes you may see at the beach.

Shark: During the rare occasion of a shark sighting,

the beach may be closed to entry. A closure may also occur if a school of bluefish are in a “feeding frenzy.” The risk of a shark attack is low however; there are ways to lower the risk even further. For instance, don’t swim at dawn, dusk and night, swim with a buddy, don’t go in the water if you are bleeding and stay clear of schooling bluefish and other schooling fish.


Rip Currents — When people picture deadly

threats at the beach, the heart-stopping image of a shark fin emerging from the water immediately comes to mind. However, beachgoers are 10 times more likely to be killed by a rip current than a shark attack. Rip currents are fast moving streams of water that knock swimmers off of their feet and drag them further away from shore. When this happens, it is best to swim with the current, not against it, as counterintuitive as it seems. Most victims of rip currents actually die of exhaustion, not drowning, because they tried to fight the rip current and ultimately lost. Swimmers are advised to swim parallel out of the current then back into the shore.

Strong Surf Onshore winds cause waves. Because

ocean winds vary, waves change from day to day. All waves deserve respect. Body surfing and swim fins are allowed in the lifeguard area – be careful! Do not try to ride waves that are too forceful for your level of skill. Sand abrasions, broken limbs, dislocated shoulders and spinal injuries are not uncommon as a result of being thrown to the hard packed beach bottom. To escape a waves great force, you can duck under or retreat from breaking waves. If you are riding a wave in some fashion, and are thrown off, try and prevent direct head and neck contact with the ocean floor. Do not run and dive into the surf if you do not know the depth and topography.

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Be aware that the surf zone topography can be variable. A beach face may be narrow or steep. The trough and terrace may contain ridges, holes and drop offs. Often, when the depth is only waist deep on the sandbar, the water will be over your head on the way out. In other areas, it may be shallow the whole way out to the sandbar. For your protection, people will be kept off the sandbar until it is reasonably safe for young people and poor swimmers alike, to access the sandbar.

Shorebreak — Stay away from the big waves that

crash onto the shore. This is called “shore break” and the waves can hurt you. Shore break is a condition when large waves break directly on shore. These waves can throw swimmers onto the sand very hard. These waves are unpredictable and dangerous because they can cause shoulder, neck and back injuries to even the most experienced swimmer. When body surfing, it is recommended doing so with your head up and your arms out in front of your body to protect yourself.

Lightning — is the third deadliest threat for care-

free sunbathers and swimmers every year. When a storm rolls in, beaches will often close: that’s because even though beaches are not as tall as skyscrapers, they are common places for lightning to strike. Get out of the water and leave the beach if you see lightning or hear thunder. The lifeguards are in constant communication with the National Weather Service and will clear the beach if lightning is near. Listen to the directions of the lifeguard at your beach at all times and do what they say. So when the clouds start forming and the winds begin to howl, don’t wait for it to blow over—pack up that umbrella and head home. Inside Ocean City

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Rip Currents We all love our summer vacations at the beach. The sun, sand, and surf are something that we look forward to all year long. The ocean is so restorative. However, it's also a force of nature, and depending on the day there could be a dangerous force lurking in the sea; Rip Currents. These rip currents are narrow channels of fastmoving water that are very powerful. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves; they most often form at low spots or breaks in the sandbars. They can be found along most coasts of the United States, including the East, Gulf, and West Coasts. Rips can also be seen along the shores of the Great Lakes. The term "rip current" is often confused with "riptides," but the two are unique occurrences. A riptide is a specific current that describes that swift movement of tidal water through the mouth of estuaries, harbors, and inlets. Rip currents can be as narrow as 10 or 20 feet in width, though they may be up to ten times wider. The length of the rip current also varies. Rip currents begin to slow down as they move offshore, beyond the breaking waves, but sometimes extend for hundreds of feet beyond the surf zone.

According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), more than 80 percent of the surf beach rescues, performed by lifeguards, each year, involve rip currents.

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Rip currents are not always easy to identify. Quickly changing wave heights, which occur when a large set of swells rolls in, can trigger a rip current. Some visual signs that may indicate the presence of a rip current include a break in the pattern of


How to Identify Rip Currents

Look for any of these clues: • a channel of churning, choppy water • an area having a notable difference in water color • a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward • a break in the incoming wave pattern

incoming waves, choppy water, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward, a channel of churning choppy water, or an area where the water appears to be a different color from the surrounding water. The risk of rip currents is determined by many factors, including weather, tides, local variations in beach shape and how waves break offshore. Some beaches may have rip currents nearly all the time, while other beaches almost never see the dangerous flows. Even if you don't spot any of these signs, a rip current could still be present. The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) recommends wearing polarized sunglasses to see these ocean features more clearly. Why Rip Currents are Dangerous Rip currents are the leading hazard for all beach-goers. They pose the most significant risk to those that are weak or non-swimmers. Typically rip current speeds are 1-2 feet per second, but there have been speeds as high as 8 feet per second recorded; faster than an Olympic swimmer! What to Do If You Find Yourself In A Rip Current Rips are fast-moving currents of water that can that can even grab a hold of the strongest swimmer and begin to pull them away from the shore. Your initial instinct is to try and counter the rip current by swimming straight back to the beach. However, this approach can put you at risk of drowning from fatigue, as you try to fight the flow. If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, there are a couple of things that you can do to get out. If you are a strong enough swimmer you can try and swim out of the current in a direction that follows the shoreline; “swim with the current.” Once you are free, you can then begin to swim back to shore. If you are unable to get yourself out of the current, you can float or tread water until the current has stopped. If neither of these options works, then wave your arms and call out for help. The potential for rip currents is a prime reason to "keep your feet in the stand until the guard is in the stand!" If you are on the beach and happen to spot someone that is caught in a rip current, the first thing to do is get help from a lifeguard. If there is not a lifeguard available, call 911. It is never a good idea to try and rescue the person yourself unless it is a last resort. There is always a chance that you too could end up caught in the rip current and become a victim as well. If you do decide that you need to help the person immediately make sure that you have someone sort of flotation device with you; a raft, bodyboard or a life preserver. Try to toss the flotation device to the victim without getting too close to the current. You could also try to yell instruction to the person in distress on how to try and escape the rip current. To keep yourself safe when visiting the beach this summer, it is always a good idea to check the latest National Weather Service forecast for your local beach conditions. When you arrive at the beach, you can always ask one of the lifeguards about the chance of encountering a rip current that day and also learn of any other hazards that may be present, such as jellyfish.

One or more of the above clues may indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average beachgoer. For your safety, be aware of this major surf zone hazard. Polarized sunglasses make it easier to see the rip current clues provided above.

How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents Learn how to swim! • Never swim alone. • Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out! • Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach. • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are still unable to reach the shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help. • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current. Inside Ocean City

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Beyond the Beach Public Parks

Recreation Facilities

Inlet Park: Southernmost park with viewing binoculars and informational signs. Ocean City's time capsule is located here. Downtown Recreation Complex: 3rd St., bayside. basketball courts, ballfields, skate park, (in-line skating and skateboarding), 2 tennis courts, playground equipment, area for bay fishing. Robin Park: 28th St., landscaped open space with playground equipment. OC Tennis Center: 61st St., lighted tennis courts, 6 premier courts, 3 Lee Fast-Dry clay courts. Little Salisbury: 94th St. Park, bayside, next to the Art League building. Tennis courts, playground, basketball court, dog playground. Jamestown Park: Landscaped promenade off 116th St., bayside. Northside Park: 125th St, bayside. Fifty-eight acres with lighted ball fields, fishing lagoon, ADA accessible playground, picnic area, two piers, jogging paths, sports fields, indoor gymnasium. Gorman Park: Derrickson Ave. at 136th St., bayside. Tennis court, racquetball court, playground and picnic shelter. Fiesta Park: Off 141 St., wooded park with nature trails and picnic area. North Surf Park: Laurel Rd., bayside, turn left off 142nd St., open space for picnics with tot lot. Sunset Park: S. Division St., bayside promenade with views of the bay and Assategue. For complete information, contact the Recreation and Parks Office: 410-250-0125.

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For sports enthusiasts, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department operates a variety of activities to keep fit and have fun. Tennis: Courts are located bayside at: 3rd St., 61st St., 94th St., and 136th St. For more information, or to reserve a tennis court, call 410-524-8337, in season. Racquetball: One 3-wall court, 136th St., Gorman Park, bayside. Skate Park: 3rd St. & St. Louis Ave, Open year-round. Call 410-289-2695. Basketball: Courts are located at 4th St. & St. Louis Ave; 94th St., bayside; 125th St., bayside (indoor). Volleyball: Volleyball nets will be set up on the beach for summer. Open to everyone at no charge. Nets are available at the Inlet, 2nd St., 4th St., 5th St., 7th St., 9th St., and 11th St., and 10 courts at Dorchester Street. Golf: Eagle's Landing off Rt. 611. 410-213-7277. Other sports facilities are available. Certain fees and restrictions may apply. Please call 410-250-0125 for details.

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Assateague Island National Seashore

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ssateague Island is managed by three official park agencies. Assateague Island National Seashore is cared for and managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Visitors to the park in Virginia enjoy the beach, plus find opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (established in 1943). The beach, wildlife, dunes, wetlands and marsh islands are protected for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment. Like all barrier islands, Assateague has changed in form over the years. The structure of barrier islands is determined by movement of sand in the littoral zone, the land-facing side of the island. At one time, the island was connected to the lowest point of Fenwick Island, DE. However, in August 1933, a hurricane created an inlet south of Ocean City, Maryland. This inlet separated the two landforms. Normally, it would have silted back due to the littoral drift that ran from north to south. However, after the storm, between 1933 and 1935 a permanent system of artificial jetties was built to preserve the inlet as a navigation channel. As a result, the island has drifted considerably westward, and the two landmasses are now over 0.62 miles (1.00 km) apart. While this process has benefitted Ocean City, creating wider beaches and better fishing access, it caused erosion problems on Assateague. Between 1933 and the early 1960s, federal interest in creating a national seashore on the island alternated with periodic pushes for development. In 1950, a 15 mile section of the Maryland side of Assateague was platted for development, and a paved road, Baltimore Boulevard, was constructed to traverse the new development. A storm in 1962 destroyed or covered most of Baltimore Boulevard, and many of the structures on the island were destroyed. Although some private landowners on the island supported re-development, by this time the state of Maryland generally supported a national seashore and legislation was introduced in the United States Congress. After Congressional efforts did not produce final 46

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legislation in 1964, new legislation in 1965 was successful and Assateague Island National Seashore was formed. In 1962, Assateague Island National Seashore was established for the purpose of protecting Assateague Island in the states of Virginia and Maryland. The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service help protect Assateague Island's splendor. Assateague Island National Seashore is administered to provide for recreational use and enjoyment consistent with the perpetuation and maintenance of the seashore's natural environment. Assateague is vital for resting and feeding migratory shorebirds and other abundant bird species. Over 320 species of birds can be found here. Assateague Island is a priceless seashore ecosystem and a sustainable resource that all visitors can appreciate. Assateague Island is a great vacation destination within easy reach for many East Coast residents. Sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and other activities continually make this a paradise for visitors that enjoy outdoor recreation. Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach. This is considered one of best beaches on the entire East Coast. Search for seashells as you walk the pristine white sands, swim in the picturesque waves along the Atlantic coastline or just relax on Assateague's vast unspoiled beaches. The Assateague Lighthouse is on the way to the beach and it is one of the most famous in the nation. You will find nearby amenities at Chincoteague Island and Ocean City such as seafood restaurants and lodging in the form of hotels, cottages, beach houses, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts. Visitor attractions and a relaxing atmosphere make Assateague Island a great destination. Be prepared to have fun, and you may want to visit Assateague again on your next vacation. Assateague wild ponies have roamed the beaches, pine forest, and salt marsh of Assateague Island since the 1600's. Assateague Island National Seashore has a combined total of over 300 wild ponies in Maryland and Virginia. Some people believe the horses


arrived on Assateague's shores when a Spanish galleon ship (with a cargo of horses) sank offshore. Others believe the horses arrived by early colonial settlers that allowed them to graze there. A Spanish ship wreck was discovered recently in the waters off Assateague which lends credit to the first theory. The ponies have become well-adapted and enjoy the solitude Assateague Island offers. Marsh and sand dune grasses, rosehips, bayberry twigs and persimmons supply the bulk of their food. Assateague ponies are often found feeding on the salt marsh cord grass along Assateague's western shoreline. When traveling by boat, you may encounter Assateague ponies along extensive bay habitats and pine forest of the 37 mile barrier island. Both Maryland and Virginia sides of Assateague have wild ponies, each has a herd of about 160. A fence at the Maryland/Virginia state line separates the two herds. The wild ponies of Assateague are usually seen in groups of about 5-10 animals. The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service have conducted resource management studies to ensure the wild horse population is maintained at a level the seashore environment of Assateague can tolerate. Resource management techniques are different in Maryland than in Virginia when it comes to maintaining a healthy population of wild ponies. In Maryland, some female horses annually undergo a contraceptive vaccine administered through a dart gun. This has proven to reduce high pregnancy rates with no harmful side effects. Wild horses in Virginia are part of the Annual Pony Swim. Started in 1924, approximately 150 wild horses are rounded up on Assateague the last Wednesday in July. The horses swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island where an auction takes place to reduce their population on Assateague. After many of the foals are sold, the remaining herd swims back to Assateague a couple days later. These management techniques reduce the impact the horses pose to their natural environment and help provide a sustainable resource for

future generations. When excess numbers are removed from the island and they are placed into human ownership, they adapt quickly to domestication. Made famous by Marguerite Henry in her children's book Misty of Chincoteague, the animals are popular tourist attractions and subjects for photography. Large populations of birds inhabit the island, including American Oystercatcher, Great Blue Heron, and Snowy Egret. There are over 320 species that are known to inhabit the island during some portion of the year. These include gulls, terns, and other shorebirds along with raptors, water birds, and waterfowl. The Piping Plover is a threatened species that nests on Assateague. The feral horse population of Assateague Island is alternately known as the Assateague horse in Maryland and the Chincoteague pony in Virginia. This distinction, made both on per-breed and per-individual basis, is sometimes a matter of disagreement. The traditional definition of a horse or a pony is based on whether the animal in question falls over or under 14.2 hands. The equines on the island tend to be under 14.2, but have a horse phenotype. It is argued that their relatively small size is primarily due to environmental, rather than genetic conditions. Two Spanish shipwrecks are part of the history of Assateague Island National Seashore. Wrecked in 1750, the La Galga beached at Assateague Island while escorting Spanish merchants from Cuba. A second ship thought to be the transport vessel Juno was lost in 1802. Even though both lie off the coast near Assateague Island, hidden from view within an American park, the ships remain the property of the Spanish government. Visitors can see artifacts from the wrecks at the park visitor center. The tragic fates of the Juno and the La Galga are testaments to the dangers trans-Atlantic travelers faced when they sailed between Spain and its colonies. Assateague Island itself was an English colony and later became part of the United States. Inside Ocean City

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Assateague State Park From the National Park Service

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ssateague Island is a 37 mile long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. Most of the Maryland district is managed by the National Park Service as Assateague Island National Seashore. The State of Maryland manages two miles of the Maryland district as Assateague State Park. The Virginia district is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

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Visitor Activities Biking

A great way to explore the island! Maryland Cyclists may travel to Assateague over a bicycle-pedestrian bridge and follow a paved bike path along Bayberry Drive through 4 miles of island habitat.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoes and kayaks may be launched from designated areas on Assateague. Careful consideration should be given to weather conditions and tidal currents. Rentals are available seasonally in the Maryland District from Assateague Outfitters.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is allowed along the beach in the Maryland District Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Zone from October 9 through May 14. (Bring your own horse.)

Over-Sand Vehicles (OSV)

There are 12 miles of beach in Maryland open to oversand vehicles. An annual OSV permit may be purchased for $70 to $150 depending upon the type of access desired. Specific equipment is required.

Shell Collecting

Limit collecting to a gallon or less of unoccupied shells to ensure a supply for beach dwelling organisms.

Shellfishing

Crabbing and clamming are great ways to discover the bays behind Assateague and sample some local seafood. Stop by a visitor center or the ranger station for current size limits and regulations.

Surf Fishing

Surf fishing has been a popular recreational activity for generations. With a few basic tips on seasons, conditions, equipment, species and regulations, anglers can have an enjoyable experience and create a few memories.

Swimming and Surfing

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Celebrating 10 Years! from the Publisher

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t's hard to believe it's been ten years since we first released Inside Ocean City. Over the years, we have been very fortunate to build a signature piece for Ocean City, capturing perspectives you might miss while on vacation and directing you to so many businesses we know will offer you the best in services for that memorable vacation. We have had the privilege of working with some of Ocean City's finest entrepreneurs, who have continued to support us each year; to them we are very grateful. The book's hotel edition spawned a condo version helping our sponsors reach a different kind of traveler, and we have enjoyed continued growth as new accommodations have opened in town. As we looked back over the last nine issues of Inside Ocean City, we wanted to share a brief look back. 52

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Watersports

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cean City offers so many ways to enjoy the water, from our pristine beaches to the thrill of the watersports, there are numerous ways to make your own waves. You can rent powerboats, waverunners, paddleboards, kayaks, wind surfers and of course surfboards. You can deep sea fish, small boat fish, or just rent a boat to relax on the water. It’s simple…just call a marina! OC’s marinas have everything you need from bait, to rods and tackle, to sunblock and cold beer. All charter boats are licensed and certified by the Coast Guard, and our captains practice conservation. They will share not only helpful fishing advice, but will take time to share a special moment, such as a whale or dolphin sightings. Boats have different specialties, so check the docks and find out what’s biting and who’s catching, then cast off and have fun! Miles of beautiful estuaries, calm waters and an abundance of wildlife lie just west of Ocean City. Kayak tours are available almost any time of year, weather permitting, and are a wonderful way to explore the quieter side of the resort. Many outfitters staff Naturalist that are well versed on local flora and fauna. Guided tours are not only fun but educational as well. Some tours take you to Assateague Island, a nearby barrier island, where you can view the world famous ponies in their island habitat. Get an up close look at local aquatic life, while netting for small fish. It’s a hands on experience, no touch tank can match!

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Rental Boat Safety & Info. Life Jackets

One (1) wearable, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for each person. Life jackets must be readily accessible, in good condition and fit the wearer. All children under the age of 13 on board a boat that is less than 21 feet in length MUST WEAR a life jacket while the vessel is underway. • Children under the age of 4 must wear a life jacket that features: • A strap that is secured between the child’s legs to fasten together the front and back of the life jacket. • An inflatable headrest or high collar; and A web handle. For boats 16 feet or longer, a throwable life ring or seat cushion (Type IV) is also required.

Responsibilites as a Boat Operator Avoid Reckless or Negligent Operation: They are dangerous as well as ILLEGAL! • Don’t operate in a swimming area. • Don’t operate under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. • Don’t speed near other vessels or when dangerous conditions exist on the water. • Don’t ride on the front, sides, rear, seat backs or any other place where there is a danger of falling overboard. Bow riding, or sitting on the edge of a moving boat is illegal. A fall can put you in the path of the propeller resulting in death or serious injury. • Don’t jump the wake of a nearby vessel. • Don’t overload or overpower the vessel beyond the limits on the capacity plate. This plate indicates the maximum weight capacity and/or the maximum number of people that the boat can carry safely in good weather. Maximum weight is the combined weight of passengers, gear and motors. DO NOT exceed either the maximum weight capacity or the maximum number of people.

Safe Operation

Channel Marker Buoys

Designated operator(s) of a rented boat must demonstrate good judgment. They are responsible for the safety of all passengers and any damage they cause to the vessel. Designated operator(s) must obey boating laws and be aware of activity in and around the vessel.

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Safe Speed

For safety, boats must travel at a speed that allows the operator to maintain control, avoid collisions and prevent damage to other people and property. Minimum wake speed zones are posted and must be obeyed. A minimum wake is the slowest possible boat speed necessary to maintain steering, not to exceed 3 knots.

Risk of Collision

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responsibility to avoid a collision. n narrow channels, recreational vessels must not hamper the operation of large vessels that cannot maneuver outside of the channels. Recreational vessels should keep to the starboard side of the channel.

Risk Management

Most accidents are caused by a simple mistake. Reduce your chances of being involved in an accident by paying attention to other boats, maintaining a safe speed and always wearing your life jacket. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and recognize that the wind, waves, noise and vibration of the engine have an impact on your body.

Alcohol and Boating

Weather

Be alert to weather conditions. Accumulating dark clouds, shifting winds and graying skies may be indications of danger. Listen for distant thunder. Head toward the nearest safe shore if a thunderstorm is approaching.

Boarding

To prevent tipping over or capsizing a small boat when boarding, always stay low and keep the weight as close to the center of the boat as possible. .

Capsizing

If a small open boat capsizes, the best thing to do is stay with the boat until help arrives or flip the boat and paddle the swamped boat to safety.

Note: This information is intended as a guide only. For State laws and regulations, see the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 08. Maryland laws and regulations can be found at the following websites: Laws: lawlib.state.md.us Regulations: dsd.state.md.us

It is illegal to operate a boat while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Under Maryland law, a person is considered to be boating under the influence if he or she has a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or greater. The effects of the sun, wind, waves, engine vibration and other environmental factors can make a boater tired after being out on the water for a short while. The addition of alcohol reduces a person’s ability to safely operate a boat. Alcohol affects balance, vision, coordination, and judgment. It is not only important for the boat operator to be sober, but the passengers as well. Falls overboard are a major cause of boating deaths. About one half of the boating accidents are alcohol related.

Anchoring

Select an area to anchor with plenty of room. It should be well protected and in a spot where other boats can easily see your vessel. You should never anchor in channels or areas such as launching ramps or other high-traffic areas. NEVER anchor from the stern or rear of the boat. Water Sports (tubing, skiing, knee boarding, etc.) The operator of a vessel towing someone on water skis, tube, knee board, or any other towable device must be at least 12 years old. The spotter or person responsible for watching the person(s) being towed must also be at least 12 years old. Anyone being towed must be wearing a life jacket at all times. ...from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Rental Boater Safety, revised May 2017.

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Discover the Difference!

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Family Fun

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hen the kids are ready for a break from the beach, you will find Ocean City offers a wealth of exciting activities the whole family can enjoy. From kiddie rides and games to Ziplines and Parasails, there truly is something for everyone. For the kid in all of us, the water parks offer day-long spills and thrills, as well as safe and fun play areas for the “little” visitors. Are you ready to dry off and shake the sand from your shoes? There are go-karts and mini golf, laser tag and paintball. Adventure awaits on the Pirate Ships, at a Wild West Show or even at the Discovery Center. Explore another side of O.C. on a nature cruise or bird watch along the Pocomoke River. Visit the wild ponies of Assateague or slip over to the Salisbury Zoo. Whale and dolphin watching are year-round treats and you might catch a glimpse on a thrilling speed boat ride! Looking for more of a birds’ eye view? Fly high on a helicopter ride or soar through the air on a parasail. When you’ve seen all the things you can do from a higher perspective, you’ll have your next outing already planned. 68

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Take time to explore O.C.’s world famous Boardwalk, where there are surrey bikes, segways and train rides, haunted houses, museums, carnival games, arcades, kiddie and thrill rides. A stroll or a run are much more pleasant with the Atlantic Ocean nearby. You will find beach gear, unique gifts and wonderful items found only in Ocean City. For the budget conscious, Ocean City offers free events, including movies on the beach, family beach Olympics, laser show, fireworks and “Sundaes in the Park.” You can visit the weigh-in of a fishing tournament; not only the world-famous White Marlin Open, but you can often find smaller crowds at the weigh-in of the Shark and Tuna tournaments. These events draw scientists, whom you can often meet personally and learn first-hand about the big fish of the sea. For more information on these and more free events, visit ococean.com.


THE BEACH IS JUST THE BEGINNING! Need a break from the beach? Ocean City Recreation & Parks has just what you need! Check out our many facilities, including the Ocean Bowl Skate Park, the East Coast’s coolest

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municipal skate park; the Ocean City Tennis Center, sporting six premier-coated hard courts and three clay courts; and Northside Park, featuring two indoor gyms, multiple playing fields, outdoor fitness equipment, jogging paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing and crabbing piers, and a beautiful lagoon!

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Plus, we offer a wide variety of camps and vacation-friendly programs for all ages. From volleyball clubs and basketball clinics, to craft workshops and dog training, there’s something for everyone!

For more information, visit oceancitymd.gov/rec and click on Departments – Recreation & Parks, or call us at 410-250-0125.

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Pooch Palooza Dog Festival ™

Ultimate Air Dogs

An Annual Event Each Spring!

Canine Sports, Canine Games and Contest For Backyard Dogs & Canine Athletes. It's all about the dogs!

Costume Contest

April 24 & 25, 2021

Frontier Town Western Theme Park 8428 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD PoochPalooza.com

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Pie Eating

FastFetch Cup Lottery Ball Drop

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Smith Island Cruises A Great Way To Spend the Day! 43rd

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Smith Island Cruise is a fun and inexpensive way to explore Maryland's last frontier, Smith Island. It’s also the home of the Maryland State Dessert, the famous Smith Island Layer Cake. So much to explore; museums, gift shops, restaurants and more! Bike and golf cart rentals available on the island. Leaves from Crisfield at 12:30 p.m. and leaves Ewell at 4:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets online at SmithIslandCruises.com

Rt. 413 to Crisfield, Tickets at the Capt. Tyler Motel

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Not a Great Beach Day?

...a few suggestions

Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center 7307 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin, MD (410) 641-1441 The Assateague Island Visitor Center is located just outside the entrance to Assategue. Exhibits include marine aquariums, touch tank, exhibits, maps, a film about the wild ponies of the island, brochures, and a variety of educational opportunities. Calvin B. Taylor House 208 N. Main Street, Berlin , MD (410) 641-1019 Located in Berlin’s National Register Historic District, the main block of the house has been furnished as a house museum and the west wing as a gallery displaying local memorabilia. 74

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Delmarva Discovery Center Delmarva Discovery Center 2 Market Street, Pocomoke, MD (410) 957-9933 The Delmarva Discovery Center on the Pocomoke River serves as a source of learning and discovery for the public through the preservation and interpretation of its cultural and natural heritage. Furnace Town Old Furnace Rd. Snowhill, MD (410) 632-2032 Heritage. Artistry. Nature. Fun. This museum uses living history format to re-create a vanished 19th Century community. See a blacksmith, woodworker, broom maker, printer, gardener, spinner and weaver.

Julia A. Purnell Museum 208 W. Market Street, Snow Hill, MD (410) 632-0515 The Purnell Museum is home to over 10,000 pieces that highlight local history, including artwork from the museum’s namesake, Julia A. Purnell. NASA Visitor Center - Wallops Flight Facility Route 175 Chincoteague, VA (757) 824-2298 The NASA Wallops Visitor Center is the place to explore the past, present, and future of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.


Ocean City Life-Saving Museum 813 S. Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD (410) 289-4991 The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum displays exhibits of storms, sea life and life-saving in Ocean City. Other exhibits include beach vacation artifacts, shipwreck finds, mermaids, over 200 samples of sand from around the world, and doll houses depicting local hotels and Sun & Surf Cinema 143rd St. & Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. MD Catch the latest flick while you relax in luxury power recliners. Immerse yourself in the movie with state of the art Dolby stereo sound. Reserve your seat at FoxShowTimes.com

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Fox Gold Coast Theater 112 St. & Coastal Hwy. Bayside, Ocean City. MD Also a great place to c_atch the latest flick while you relax in luxury power recliners. Immerse yourself in the movie with state of the art Dolby stereo sound. Reserve your seat at FoxShowTimes.com Inside Ocean City

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Living Life on His Terms— at 100 Years Earl Wilson celebrated his 100th birthday with Coastal Hospice this year, just months after his wife of seven decades, Gloria, passed in their care. He has a zest for life that shows even today. He likes to eat breakfast as soon as his feet hit the floor and is proud to say he’s never dieted, never smoked, and through much of his life grew or raised a lot of his family’s food. (He’s particularly fond of fresh milk, cottage cheese, and clabber, as well as Caramel Cake and Popeye’s Chicken.) Earl’s simple life advice: “Get up and do what you’re supposed to do.” Which, in his case, included calling for hospice care as soon as he was diagnosed with a life-limiting disease.

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isitors to Ocean City and “The Beaches” can’t help but dream about living near the relaxing shore and cute towns that dot the region. Most leave the thought as just that—a dream. Those who do purchase a summer place, relocate or retire here cite the easy-going lifestyle. Many will also add high-quality medical care to the top of the list. “When people move to the beach, they want to be confident they will have access to great medical care, especially retirees who are entering into the later chapters of their lives,” said Bob Miller, Sr. Director, Coastal Hospice. “What people should know is that they can live even the very last chapters on their terms by engaging hospice care.” 76

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Since 1980, Coastal Hospice has provided excellence in palliative and hospice care on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Founded at the beginning of the modern hospice movement, the organization has been at the forefront of care and training. They have provided tens of thousands of patients and their families with the opportunity to determine where and when they want care. Hospice is a free benefit of Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance. While their doctors refer many people, anyone can call and self-refer or refer a loved one or friend.

Hospice services can be delivered wherever a patient calls home, including their house, an assisted living facility, a nursing home, and/or at Coastal Hospice’s facilities, including Coastal Hospice at the Lake and Stansell House. “Our nurses and nursing aides, doctors, social workers, and spiritual care staff bring our services to you, no matter where you live in our four-county service area,” said Tracey Horan, VP, Clinical Services. “In addition to Ocean City and Worcester County, we serve Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester counties, 365 days a year.” One of the main goals of in-home care is helping the family and caregivers learn to provide the best care they can. They added, “We work closely with loved ones, teaching them what they can do, and also what they should not. Many are afraid to ask for help, thinking they would be letting their loved one down. We help them


differentiate what they should handle, and when calling hospice or 911 is appropriate. It gives them more tools in their toolbox.”

sunroom, porches, and deck with seating, a kitchen, spa, and other amenities make the stay homey while offering round-the-clock medical observation, medication management, and meals. Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance always cover hospice care; however, there are room and board costs at both facilities. “That said,” added Miller, “No one is ever turned away from care. We raise funds all year round to make sure that anyone who needs hospice care can receive it.”

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Dedicated Staff Keeps Patients and Families Safe Coastal Hospice staff has displayed tremendous dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hospice is one of the few ways family members can still see their loved ones,” said Horan. “We deployed every technique and service we could to keep patients, families, and our staff safe. It’s been a journey, and we have learned so much. People need to receive care and attention at this phase of life, and the staff made sure that could and did continue.” Many home hospice patients sometimes need to be in a more controlled environment to get the pain under control or change medication. Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury offers a welcoming and caring location for these short-term stays. The location is also available for respite care when a family needs a few days to travel to an important event or catch their breath. Other patients who live alone or far from family may not feel safe at home and prefer a longer-stay option. In 2019, Coastal Hospice opened the region’s first residential hospice, Macky & Pam Stansell House in Ocean Pines, to meet that need. The beautiful complex includes 12 bedroom-and-bath suites overlooking the Isle of Wight Bay. Many of the rooms have views of Ocean City. A full family room,

Losing a loved one can be a shattering experience, which is why Coastal Hospice offers a year-long bereavement program for family members. Participants do not need to have had a family member in hospice to participate, it is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a recent loss. Support groups meet across the region, in person, or when necessary, in an online platform. In these groups, members can share their feelings, learn coping skills, and find fellowship. In addition, there is a Remembrance Ceremony each year, one in each county. Open to the general public, and people are encouraged to attend to remember their loved ones through a secular service. The newsletter Journeys is mailed quarterly for one year to anyone who signs up to receive it. Each issue has seasonal information, tips, and resources for managing grief and moving forward. The Coastal Hospice Newsletter offers a broader scope of information about Coastal Hospice staff, the Volunteer Program, fundraising initiatives, donors, new services, and more. Coastal Hospice host a robust website with even more information and resources. Visit them at CoastalHospice.org or call 410-742-8732 to speak with a team member.

The Coastal Hospice Path Ask most people, and they will say that “hospice is what you call when someone is dying.” Most people don’t realize that Coastal Hospice has an array of programs that begin long before that point. “People can request hospice any time after they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness,” said Miller. “People who call early in their diagnosis can reap benefits that can positively impact the day-to-day quality of their life and the lives of their family members.” Patients can come on and off hospice care multiple times as they deal with pain management and other challenges. They can take advantage of numerous programs depending on where in the “stream” they enter. Palliative Care supplements medical “curative” care, so patients better tolerate medical treatments and gain strength to carry on with daily life. Coastal Compass is a free program that connects individuals to the non-medical resources they need as they fight their illness. Home Hospice brings the team of medical professionals, spiritual counselors, and volunteers into patients’ homes as experts, caregivers, counselors, and friends. Coastal Hospice at the Lake offers round-the-clock care for those who need help managing a new symptom or pain level and families in need of respite care. Macky & Pam Stansell House, the Eastern Shore’s only residential home hospice, offers round-the-clock care in a safe, comfortable, and supportive setting. Pediatric Hospice is available for children from birth through age 18. Spiritual care (non-evangelical) is available to patients and families, regardless of religious affiliation or belief. Bereavement Programs offer grief support gatherings, counseling, and materials for adults across the four counties during the transitional year. Children’s Grief Programs such as Camp Safe Harbor and Hope & Healing with Horses help them understand their feelings while giving them space just to be kids.


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cean City, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most popular summer playgrounds, is also a championship golf resort. We offer courses designed by some of the best in the business. Take in 18 holes of beautiful morning golf along the waterways of the Atlantic. Tame a pristine championship course winding the inland bays, with breathtaking sunsets. If you’re traveling with the family, book an early round, and be back in time to enjoy the water park with the kids. Or, shake the sand off after lunch for a game before dinner. If you’re new to the game, many courses offer professional instructors, as well as family rates that won’t break your budget. Ocean City is a great place to introduce the sport to new golfers, and it’s even a great way to spend time with a teen! From driving ranges to executive courses, parkland layouts and extraordinary links tests, our area courses take pride in the conditions and amenities which live up to the standards demanded by the legendary architects who created them. If you love Pete Dye, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Lester George, Brian Ault and Dr. Michael Hurdzdan, you’ll simply love the golf venues featured on the shore. If you’re already here, try us out. When you come back, consider one of the many golf packages available all year long!

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IT’S NOT JUST A GOLF COURSE.

It’s a natural wonder.

Eagle’s Landing is one of Ocean City, Maryland’s crown jewels: a championship, 18-hole golf course known for lush greens, an abundance of wildlife and a spectacular view of the Sinepuxent Bay and Assateague Island. It’s a classic course with every modern amenity, including GPS-equipped golf carts to enhance your game, a full-service café and a well-stocked clubhouse. You won’t find a more challenging, or scenic, course on the Eastern Shore. Book a tee time today! 80

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Ruark Golf Properties Links at Lighthouse Sound

Glen Riddle Golf Club

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Man O’ War & War Admiral Courses

Rum Pointe

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Lighthouse Sound offers great variety in terms of visual excitement and strategy. As often as possible we tried to take advantage of the expansive views of the bay and Ocean City skyline. Ten holes border the pristine marshlands found within the 1,000acre site while others are framed with mature hardwoods. Together, this collection of holes will hopefully provide a challenging and memorable golf experience. GlenRiddle Golf Club provides a truly spectacular golf experience. In addition to the 36 memorable holes of golf, our facilities offer exciting teaching opportunities and a pro shop to help you perfect your game. Just like their namesakes, Man O'War and War Admiral, these courses will become legendary. They will provide the supreme challenge for the seasoned golfer with their distinctive fairways while offering those new to golf an opportunity to fall in love with the game. The "Scottish-style" links of the Rum Pointe are the only area course to feature bent-grass on the fairways and greens. No less than 17 of the 18 holes have a bay view with several holes having direct bay frontage, where you can start your ball over the water to shorten the hole. The Dyes have certainly created situations of risk and reward that will quicken the heart rate of even the most experienced golfer. From the back tees this championship quality course is capable of hosting a PGA Tour stop but forgiving enough from the middle tees to satisfy golfers of all skill levels.

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Blue Crabs Callinectes Sapidus

by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources

Key Distinguishing Markings Blue crabs have a brilliant blue color on their front claws; the tips are red on females, with an olive or bluishgreen upper section of the exoskeleton. They have a pair of paddle-shaped legs that are excellent for swimming. Crabs can also be identified by the nine marginal teeth behind each eye, with the last pair of teeth ending in a sharp spine. Male and female crabs can be distinguished by examining their apron, which is folded and fitted snugly into a groove on the crab's underside.The male's apron is long and slender, resembling an inverted "T." A female's apron changes as it matures; an immature female has a triangular-shaped apron whereas, a mature female is rounded. ​Distribution It is widely distributed from Nova Scotia to northern Argentina, but it is most abundant from Texas to Massachusetts along the coasts of North America. Blue crabs are distributed throughout the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Blue crabs can be found in freshwater areas where salinity is 0 to the ocean, where the salinity is full strength (32+ ppt). Males are often found in the Bay's upper reaches, while females are typically found further downstream and down-Bay where salinities are higher.​

Size Adults can grow up to 9 inches.Crabs grow by molting or shedding their shell. Just prior to molting, the crab is encased in both the hard, old outer shell and a soft, new one just beneath it. The formation of a new shell is evident along the margins of the swimming paddles of a crab. The earliest indication of the new skeleton is the formation of a black line along the rim of the paddles. When this line turns pink or red, the crab is referred to as a "peeler" or "shedder." Immediately after the molt, the crab's new shell is pliable and easily stretched. In this condition, the crab is called a "soft crab" or a "soft shell crab." Large amounts of water are consumed before and shortly after the molt, causing the soft shell to expand and increase in size. This entire process takes 2-3 hours, 82 82

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Female Maryland Blue Crab and within 2 hours after the shed, the new shell begins to harden. The "paper shell" is formed within 12 hours, and an additional 2-3 days are needed before the shell fully hardens. Unlike male crabs that continue to molt and grow throughout their entire lives, females stop growing when they reach sexual maturity, usually after 21 or 22 molts. During this final molt, mating takes place.​

Habitat Blue crabs can be found in various salinities ranging from the high saline waters at the mouth of the Bay to the tidal fresh waters of the upper Bay and tributaries. The blue crab is a bottom-dwelling species that utilizes a diversity of benthic habitats such as mudflats, oyster bars, channel edges, and tidal marshes. Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) areas also serve as important nursery habitats that provide refuge for juvenile blue crabs and molting crabs that are vulnerable to predation.​

Spawning Blue crabs mate from May to October in the brackish or slightly salty waters of Chesapeake Bay. Just before the final molt, an immature female crab, known as a "she-crab," is cradled by a mature male. The female is escorted by the male, commonly referred to as a "doubler," for a few days before and after her molt.


During the molt, the male releases the female but remains nearby. After molting, the female turns on her back and unfolds her abdomen. The male then transfers his sperm to the female. Although the female mates only once, she may spawn several times. The sperm received is stored and used to fertilize the eggs of all future spawnings. After mating, the two crabs resume the cradle carry until the female's shell hardens. Shortly after mating, the now mature female crab, known as a sook, migrates to the saltier waters of the Bay near the ocean. Fertilization of the eggs occurs about 2 to 9 months after mating, from June through September, depending upon when the mating took place. For example, a spring mating would result in a late summer spawn, while a fall mating would result in an early summer spawn the following year. Once the eggs are fertilized, females will develop an external egg mass called a sponge on their abdomen's underside, which may contain between 750,000 and 8 million eggs, depending on the size of the crab. These crabs are Crabbing called "sponge crabs," and hatching of the eggs occurs approximately two weeks after the formation of the sponge. Over the two weeks, the sponge gradually turns from orange to brown and then black as the larval crabs develop inside the egg. The newly-hatched larvae are called zoea and look nothing like an adult crab. These young crabs are microscopic and drift about in the water currents. It is believed that the majority of these developing larvae are transported into the ocean by an interaction of seasonal winds and bottom water circulation patterns before eventually returning to settle on seagrass beds in the spawning area. After approximately 6 or 7 molts, the zoea changes into a post-larval form known as the megalops. The megalops has claws like a crab but can swim and crawl on the bottom. Eventually, the megalops settles and metamorphoses to the first crab stage, which looks much like an adult crab, but is only 1/5 of an inch from point to point. As these young crabs develop their locomotion, they will migrate away from the high salinity waters near the mouth of the Bay up to more brackish regions. By winter, juvenile crabs can be found as far north as the Susquehanna Flats.

Adult males and immature females remain in the brackish waters of the Bay and its tributaries, migrating to shallow grass beds, shallow muddy bottoms, and/or deeper waters of mid-Bay as temperatures begin to drop in the fall. As winter approaches, most crabs will bury themselves in the mud along channel edges and the shallow grass beds of the Bay. Female crabs will remain in the higher salinity waters of the lower Bay, whereas males will stay in the upper portions, migrating to deeper waters to spend the winter months. Little or no growth occurs from December to March, but when the temperature rises, crabs become more active, start feeding, and search for a mate.​

Recreational gears include baited hand lines, mesh rings, collapsible traps, trotlines, and dip nets. Waterfront landowners are also allowed to use crab pots, but now their crab pots need to include a Crab Pot catch Reduction Device. ​

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Crabbing Tips The blue crab is one of the most important species harvested in the Bay, and has the highest value of any commercial fishery. Blue crabs are harvested as hard shell crabs, peeler crabs just before molting, and soft shell crabs immediately after the molt.

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Callinectes sapidus means "Beautiful swimmer that is savory." Crabs reach maturity in 12 to 18 months. Few crabs live loner than three years. The largest crab recorded from Maryland was a male measuring 9 inches; however, larger crabs (10-11 inches) have been captured in DNR crab surveys. The annual harvest of hard crabs from the Chesapeake Bay accounts for over 50% of total U.S. landings. Cannibalism of young blue crabs by larger crabs is common and may regulate population abundance. A spring-spawned crab can reach a size of 2½ inches by their first winter.​ For more information on blue crabs and their management, please contact Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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ver 200 eateries in Ocean City are ready to serve you a coastal dining experience. From Eastern Shore traditions to a variety of ethnic cuisines, you’re sure to find something delectable. Seafood is caught daily from local waters and fresh catch often includes mahi mahi, tuna, sea bass, sword and even shark! Some of the world’s finest shellfish are found right off our coast and local chefs are experts in its preparation. There are raw bars offering a wide selection of mollusk and most menus offer raw items on the half shell. Seafood can be prepared in so many ways; steamed, broiled, blackened, sautéed, the list goes on. Whichever you choose, don’t miss out on the local seafood! Maryland is famous for its Maryland Crab Soup and Maryland Style Crab Cakes. Don’t forget the soft shells when they are in season and the Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich. It’s a great treat after a day on the beach. Crab is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks, so be sure to indulge while you’re here. Family style restaurants and buffets offer seafood and more, including our Delmarvalous fried chicken, ham, and prime-rib. Most are served with locally grown veggies from the many local farms that surround the resort and these dining spots are sure to offer something on the menu for everyone.

If you’re looking for fine dining, a world premier resort would not be complete without world class dining. Award winning chefs present excellent menus to delight your palette. From signature dishes to that gourmet touch on tradition, Ocean City’s fine dining establishments are a great way to experience the taste of the beach. In addition to the many dining fares, Ocean city offers a variety of dining styles as well. You can experience some amazing sunsets on the bay, while enjoying your dinner. Many restaurants offer outdoor or deck dining, so be sure to take advantage of the stunning views. Fine food and that fresh salt air combine to make the meal even more memorable. The Boardwalk’s three mile promenade offers an assortment of treats, from world famous fries, saltwater taffy and popcorn to fine dining restaurants and sports bars. You can enjoy a snack or a meal and never leave the boards. Ocean City has over 125 years of hospitality. From what was once a sleepy fishing village to the world class resort this has become, there are mouth watering morsels at every turn. Experience Ocean City to its fullest!

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A full service restaurant in a tropical atmosphere

Open Daily Year Round

Enjoy happy hour every day with our signature tropical drinks and great food specials.

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A cool pool, live music, hot food and great drinks! Always FREE, DAILY, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, with NO COVER CHARGE! Serving Jerk Chicken, Burgers, Wraps, Salads and much more! To compliment your meal, try one of our fantastic frozen drink specials while you listen to live oceanside entertainment!

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- Creative, trendy and innovative techniques for all to savor - Fresh daily seafood and landfare specials from our hook and butcher block - Chef’s daily salad and soup selections created with seasonal ingredients - A wonderous dessert collection to top off your outing

JOIN US ON THE LOBBY LEVEL OF THE HOLIDAY INN & SUITES ON 17TH ST CASUAL IN THE CORAL REEF breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Contemporary American cuisine with an Eastern Shore flair. Located in the Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites.

Rockfish Meunière: Pan-seared Rockfish fillet, served with sweet corn and crab gold potato hash, crispy fried Brussel sprouts with a browned butter & lemon demi-glace. Our Signature Dish! Mongolian Pork Porterhouse: 12 oz. pork porterhouse chop, braised red cabbage, crispy tobacco onions, garlic mashed potatoes with a hoisin plum glaze. Tornadoes 32Palm: Twin filet medallions with jumbo lump crab, mustard seed demi-glace potato pancakes and garden fresh vegetable medley. Surf & Turf: Cold water lobster tail paired with an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef filet served with mushroom ragout, potato pancakes and garden fresh vegetable medley. Chicken Cabo: Pan-seared medallions of chicken, dredged in flour, sautéed with a creamy lump crab and chorizo sausage gravy, served with garlic mashed potatoes and garden vegetable medley.

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elcoming guests and presenting a coastal inspired atmosphere, 32 Palm just completed a beautiful renovation to complement a wonderful dining experience. They’re looking forward to serving you one of their delicious new menu options. The 32 Palm Lounge has a brand new look too! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an awesome happy hour! Mañana Pool Bar is another great option in the warmer months.

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410-289-0069 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Late-Nite Munchies Frozen Drinks, Fresh Fruit Crushes, Kids Meals, Live Entertainment Between 11th & 12th Streets on the Boardwalk

Best Drink Menu in Ocean City! Featuring the Original Hurricane Crush!

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Lighthouse Sound Make your next event a breathtaking event.

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Ruth’s Chris Exceptional Service. Sizzling Taste

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ighthouse Sound Restaurant invites you to join us for dinner overlooking the breathtaking Assawoman Bay and Ocean City skyline. Whether a family outing, corporate meeting, banquet or wedding, Lighthouse Sound Restaurant will cater to your every need and have your guests raving for years to come. Serving Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner, our culinary staff will prepare the finest cuisine East of the Chesapeake.

uth’s Chris Steak House is located within the GlenRiddle Clubhouse and is open to the public. The clubhouse was built in the 1920’s and was home to the legendary racehorses, Man O’ War and War Admiral. Much of the original woodwork was restored and is used in the decor of the restaurant. The stall doors are used as table tops in the bar and grill and you can also find some original woodwork throughout the clubhouse and restaurant. Reservations suggested.

lighthousesoundrestaurant.com 12723 St. Martin’s Neck Road, Bishopville

ruthschris.com 11501 Maid in Arms Way, Berlin

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Pit & Pub

Ocean City’s Smokehouse

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Smoked Wings 1 lb, voted BEST AT THE BEACH by the Baltimore Sun. Available in BBQ, Buffalo, Hot, Caribbean, FirePit, Honey Old Bay, and Garlic

28th St. & 127th St.

Chili Mac Don’t Knock it til you try it. Homemade mac & cheese buried under our homemade chili (Voted OC’s Best 2016) and finished with tater tots! The Porker In house smoked pork loin shaved thin & grilled w/mushrooms, jalapeños, onions served on Nann bread with smoky chipotle aioli & smothered in Swiss Roast Beef Slow cooked top round medium rare, piled high - onions and horseradish available Smoked Meatloaf 1/2 lb. of in house smoked goodness Hot Beef or Turkey Platter Smoked in house for 8-10 hours, served open faced with french fries and gravy Pig Out Rack of Ribs 1/2 BBQ Chicken Brisket Sandwich, French Fries & Slaw Eat it in 25 mins. for a FREE Shirt, and 25% off Coupon on next visit

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ungry for BBQ? Stop-in to the Pit and Pub, Ocean City’s only real smokehouse BBQ restaurant. Try our fresh, smoked meats and homemade BBQ. With kid friendly menu items and specials, we encourage getting the family together and feasting on great BBQ & Wings! Whether you are looking to dine-in or carry-out, Pit-n-Pub can accommodate any size party and even offer catering services.

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Crab Picking 101 Maryland Blue Crabs

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hh…the smell of Old Bay and the sound of crab claws cracking, is music to our ears, each summer. No beach vacation would be complete without enjoying a feast of our famous Maryland Blue Crabs. Although you can find crab on almost every menu in town, the experience of picking them yourself is rite of passage into true Eastern Shore culture. Your table will most likely be covered with butcher paper and your table centerpiece is typically an empty bucket and paper towels. We’re not talking fancy here; we’re talking serious crab eating! Your view may be amazing, but you’re here to eat crabs, and it’s going to get messy! Bring on the bib, grab your mallet, and let’s get cracking! To get started, pull the pincher claws off the body and save them for later. They come off best with a twisting motion. Sometimes the backfin meat will come out when you twist, so bite that off first… yum! Twist off the remaining legs, sometimes they too will offer a bit of the meat from the body, particularly if your crabs are hot. You can enjoy that part too, but the smaller legs themselves only have a trace of meat in them, so it’s not always worth the time to pick. Throw away the legs and move on… To remove the apron, turn the crab over on its back. Now you’re looking at the underside of the crab. Quick note, everyone asks how to tell a male from a female crab. Here’s the scoop. The male crab has an apron that looks very much like the Washington Monument, and the female’s apron looks more like the Great Pyramid of Giza. Whichever view you’re looking at, you need to remove this part to open the crab. Insert the tip of your crab knife into the top of the apron and pull it up and back. This detaches the top shell from the base of the crab. Next, turn the crab over, so it’s now right side up. You’ll see the gills and “mustard.” Using your crab knife, clean these “guts” away. Take the remaining crab in your hands. Snap it in two, and all that luscious crab meat will be revealed. You will now want to cut the two sections of the crab length-wise. This opens up the cavities for retrieving the most meat possible. The meat is contained in small cavities, but be careful not to eat the dividing shell. Don’t forget the claws that you first set aside. Some crab eaters believe, the meat in these are the most delicious. There are two main sections in the claw, (ignore the elbow). To open the sections, place the blade of your knife in the middle of one section and tap it with your crab mallet. You can also use the crab cracker place in the same place. Just be gentle or you will crush your claw and have to pick the shell from the meat before you can eat it. Now gently snap. At this juncture, there is an art to get the clean break which exposes the claw meat in the presentation you find on an hors d'oeuvres tray. However, in reality, no one is looking over your shoulder, just get to the meat. All the meat here is good to eat, but beware. There is a shell in the center of the section with the actual pincher. You can often pull the shell out by breaking the pinchers apart and gently pulling; only the meat will be left in the shell. The art of picking crabs may take some time to master, but it’s worth the time, every time! So Enjoy!

Counting Seafood Calories? Did you know that 3 oz of steamed crab meat has approximately 86 calories? Here are a few more guidelines that might help you watch that figure while on vacation. Bluefish Calamari Caviar Clam Cod Crawfish Crayfish Flounder Grouper Haddock Halibut Lobster Mackerel Marlin Monkfish Mussel Octopus Oyster Red Snapper Salmon Scallops Sea Bass Shark Shrimp Swordfish Trout Tuna Wahoo

1 fillet (117 g) 1 piece (12 g) 1 tbsp (16 g) 3 oz. (85 g) 1 fillet (180 g) 1 crawfish (12 g) 3 oz. (85 g) 1 fillet (127 g) 1 fillet (202 g) 1 fillet (150 g) 1/2 fillet (200 g) 1 lobster (150 g) 1 fillet (88 g) 1 fillet (85g) 3 oz. (85 g) 3 oz. (85 g) 3 oz. (85 g) 1 single 1 fillet (170 g) 1/2 fillet (178 g) 1 scallop (10 g) 1 fillet (124 g) 3 oz. (85 g) 1 med. (20g) 1 piece (106 g) 1 fillet (62 g) 1/2 fillet (154 g) 1 serving (100 g)

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This chart represents seafood cooked in it's most basic form. In most cases, steamed or grilled plain.

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Pub Masters Revisted

en years ago, we introduced you to some of Ocean City’s Pub Masters, many of whom have set a pace in the business and continue to take their businesses to the next level. They are a group of dedicated entrepreneurs that have learned behind the bar and in the kitchens of other local business owners as youth, many of whose career paths began on college break, at summer jobs in the resort. Today they have their own thriving establishments. Long hours and hard work have rewarded them with success. They say their achievements have come from never losing sight of quality food and beverage coupled with superior customer service. These pub owners remain on the cutting edge of the pub experience and often have a new idea right around the corner. This group of dedicated family men offer an atmosphere for the entire family during the day and then metamorphous into late-night hot-spots. You will often find live music, lots of TVs for sports fans, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere you won’t want to leave.

Chris Wall

Co-Owner Harborside Bar & Grill In the Harbor, West Ocean City. After working in the Phillips organization for most of his young life, (he was 12 when his career began), Chris realized he had gained a “paid” education. In 1992, he and close friend Lloyd Whitehead were presented an opportunity they couldn’t pass up and opened Harborside Bar & Grill on his way back to college one day. Chris feels their most significant accomplishment was taking a local watering hole and turning it into a great casual restaurant with an amazing bar. Today, the home of the “Original Fresh Squeeze Orange Crush” had a brand new dock addition, and Chris feels their future is brighter than ever. “There will always be kinks to work out, but perseverance resolves all things in time. West Ocean City has become a hot spot for the locals and tourists alike. Lloyd and I are proud to be a part of those who pioneered to put West OC on the map.” Harborside has remodeled in recent years and expanded its menu. Dining or drinks on the dock offer a beautiful view in a relaxing atmosphere.

Doug Buxbalm

Owner Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon, 27th St. Coastal Hwy, Ocean City.

“Buxy,” as the locals know him, learned his craft behind the bar and in the kitchens of Shenanigans, The Purple Moose Saloon, Bull on the Beach, and MR Ducks. Having spent a great deal of time watching and learning, Buxy was inspired by those businesses’ success and wanted the same for himself. In 1998, he opened the very successful, Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon. Buxy tells Inside Ocean City

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that his greatest achievements are his family, the Salty Dog Saloon’s continued success, now thirteen years, and the reward of instilling that same inspiration into his staff to go out on their own and be successful. In the last decade, Buxy has opened Dry Dock 28, right next door to the Salty Dog. While you can still find plenty of hometown Pittsburgh flavor inside, the restaurant’s focus is on craft pizza and other family-friendly foods, all taken up a couple of notches. Definitely worth your time to check out.

Slater White

Owner Whiskers Pub 118th St. Coastal Hwy. Ocean City

Slater White wasn’t looking to go out on his own, but he was one of those people in the right place at the right time when a once in a lifetime opportunity popped up. He loved the place, was passionate about the business. and seized the brass ring. “Several of my friends had done it, so I said why not?” Buxy (Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon), Bill Carder (Bj’s), Gary Beach (Marlin Moon Grille), and Matt Bayline (Duffy’s Tavern) helped me realize my potential. “Having my own pub is a great accomplishment, and I can honestly say I made Mom and Dad proud.” After sixteen years at Whiskers Pub, Slater is happy where he is in his career and with his business, but he knows the value of a seized opportunity, and maybe if the stars align, he just might do it all again!

Steve Hoffman & Mike Horsey Co-Owners Pit & Pub 28th St. Coastal Hwy, Ocean City 12701 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Ten years ago, “Horsey” and longtime friend “Chief” were the new kids on the block, just wrapping up their second year as co-owners of the 28th St. Pit & Pub. At 18, Horsey studied in the kitchen and behind the bar at Harborside Bar & Grill. His greatest inspiration to go out on his own was from his close friends that made sacrifices in their own lives to strike out on their own. Although he loves his

business, Horsey feels his greatest accomplishment is his family. Horsey tells Inside Ocean City, “My kids teach me each day about myself and the world around us, and they are a constant reminder to include lots of laughter in our lives!” Being the new kid didn’t intimidate Chief. After 18 years in the kitchen at Crab Alley, he was ready to take the bull by the horns. Like so many of these pub owners, their business is a passion, but their families come first. Chief is no different. He tells Inside Ocean City that becoming a father is his greatest accomplishment. “Coming home to my children each day makes my life worthwhile. There is just no other feeling like it,” says Chief. Pit and Pub has grown a great deal in the last ten years; their second location at 12701 Coastal Highway brought their thriving restaurant to the North end of Ocean City. Twenty eighteen also saw their first franchise open in the nearby town of Salisbury, Maryland. Nestled near the campus of Salisbury University, they added the smokehouse to near campus dining options. Take time to visit these forward-thinking entrepreneurs and see how things have changed in the last decade. Inside Ocean City

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Bad Ass Cafe

Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon The Locals Favorite Hometown Tavern

Fresh ocean air, accompanied by sumptuous food and a cool brew, make

Happy Hour at the Bad Ass Cafe a beach experience not to be missed. It’s one you will be talking about long after vacation is over!

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ome see what all the locals know... Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. We just lay back and let it roll, enjoying OC’s best cheesesteaks, cold drinks, friendly staff, live entertainment, sports action and good friends.

28th Street, Bayside Ocean City

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Dry Dock 28

Harborside Bar & Grill

Coastal Casual Pizza & More

Home of the Original Orange Crush

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evel in one of our many seafood centric dishes, try a specialty craft pizza, along with a freshly created salad or a warm crock of soup. Enjoy live entertainment in our modern, nautical themed space. Dock yourself at the infamous & authentic boat bar while enjoying a craft cocktail or local brew. Outdoor seating available

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his rustic Waterfront bar and restaurant located in West Ocean City serves up great food, fun and the Original Fresh Squeezed Orange Crush. Happy Hour specials include rail drinks, and brews, both on tap and in bottles. All of which pair excellently with the fresh seafood right off the dock!

12841 Harbor Rd., West Ocean City

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Whisker’s Pub

Ocean City’s Only True Pub.

Pit & Pub

BBQ, Smokehouse & Seafood

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rom locally famous Certified Angus® burgers and delicious casual fare to a fun atmosphere, Whiskers Pub is the place to check out in Ocean City! Whiskers features a new menu while still offering the old favorites that made it famous.

120th St, Bayside, Ocean City

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ungry for BBQ? Stop into the 28th St. Pit & Pub, Ocean City’s only real smokehouse BBQ restaurant. Try our fresh, smoked meats and homemade BBQ. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3:00-6:00 P.M.

28th Street, Coastal Hwy Ocean City

410-289-2020

2nd LOCATION! 127th St & Coastal Hwy.

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Watering Holes With Personality

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aybe you're in the mood for the real Original Orange Crush, a seriously smoked, melt in your mouth pulled pork sandwich, or just want to catch the game with unique spirits...Ocean City Mixologist never disappoint. Mixologist? Merriam Webster defines the word "mixologist" as a "master bartender or one who is highly skilled in the art of mixing alcoholic beverages." Did you know that beverages now found throughout this country have been created on this island by our master Mixologist? We have local brews, and a wealth of unique drinks to impress. Take a seat at the bar! To the Mixologist and the unique bars and pubs where they work their magic— Cheers!

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Hurricane Crush The only storm you will truly enjoy!

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verlooking the Beach and Boardwalk, the bar at Brass Ball’s Saloon is Lynn’s natural habitat. Friends, old and new, will find him serving up O.C.’s Original Frozen Rum Runner, Real Ice Cream Drinks and Fresh Fruit Crushes. He’ll also be happy to make your favorites, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try his fruit infused “Donkey Punch” or a “Got Balls?” shot. Friday and Saturday nights find him upstairs at Bad Ass Cafe’s crazy Karaoke Party. Here you can mingle with the crowd or view the stage from the mezzanine, or chill in the game room lounge.

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he home of the Original Orange Crush. A refreshing citrus libation that is often imitated, yet never duplicated. This rustic waterfront bar, located in the commercial harbor in West Ocean City, is a local favorite you have to experience. Their extensive menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, fresh seafood, steak & pasta entrées, as well as juicy burgers and sandwiches. On many nights, you can find live entertainment to dance the night away. It’s just the place to be!

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Join us for Crusin events at Northside Pit & Pub!

Legends are made from outstanding achievement. If your looking for some of OC’s finest barbecue and seafood, Big Screen T.V.’s for all your live sports action and great brew, you need to be at the Pit & Pub. Serving up a full menu until 1:00 am. 28th St. Coastal Hwy.

410.289.2020

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erving locally famous burgers for 30 years! Ocean City’s only true pub offers lunch and dinner daily with fresh seafood specials always available. Sit back and relax in the traditional style pub and enjoy a generous cocktail or a locally brewed pint. Redskins Fan? Whiskers is the Ocean City spot to root for your team. Come check out our specials, our awesome new flat screen TVs and our exceptional menu. 108

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Happy Hour everyday 4-7

WhiskersPub.com

410-524-2609

118th St. Bayside, Ocean City


Waterfront Dining & Delicious Coastal Cuisine Kids Menu & A Huge Pirate Playground Daily Bar & Food Specials Tiki Boats!

22 St. Bayside 410-289-0990 OCFishTales.com

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“Ocean City’s Hometown Tavern with the flavor of the ‘Burgh.”

2707 Philadelphia Ave.Ocean City

410.289.0973 Buxys.com

Buxy is not just a bartender or bar owner, Buxy is a legend in OC. Owner of Ocean City’s true “Steelers” bar, Buxy and the Salty Dog, have been serving up great food, libations and year-round fun for over 21 years. At Buxy’s Salty Dog, you will find some of the best cheesesteaks at the beach, along with a great selection of fresh local food for the whole family. There’s also live entertainment, and 36 big screen TV’s to enjoy the game.


2707 Philadelphia Ave.Ocean City

410.289.2828 DryDockOC.com

Dry Dock 28 was created to offer a unique dining experience to the many locals and visitors of Ocean City. Revel in one of our many seafood centric dishes, try a specialty craft pizza, along with a freshly created salad or a warm crock of soup. Enjoy live entertainment in our modern, nautical themed space. Dock yourself at the infamous & authentic boat bar while enjoying a craft cocktail or local brew. Outdoor seating available, live entertainment weekly, t-shirt shop, high definition TVs, stellar carry out, beer & wine to go!


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ith all of the ingredients for a memorable wedding, beginning with the sun, sand and surf, Ocean City is the perfect destination for a beach wedding. Of course everything else is close by; restaurants, country clubs and hotels for receptions, many offering stunning ocean or bayside views. There are florists, photographers and churches. Be it a small or large affair, Ocean City offers the perfect venue. The atmosphere is family friendly and there is entertainment for both the kids and grandparents before and after the event. Best of all, when the magical moment arrives, there is no better romantic setting than a beach backdrop, nothing more spectacular than rolling surf and the sound of crashing waves. It’s no surprise that hundreds of couples choose Ocean City every year.

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THE EASTERN SHORES NEWEST AND MOST UNIQUE WEDDING VENUE

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Next Wave Studios Destination Photography and More...

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rom the mountains to the beach, and all places in between, award-winning photographer Kyle Hughes, is your photographer for destination weddings. Kyle completed an intensive education program at one of the most prestigious photography schools in the United States, the Hallmark Institute of Photography, in Turner Falls, Mass. He will bring an impressive set of skills and creativity to your wedding, capturing that special day in a spectacular way. His schedule fills quickly, so call today to secure your date.

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Platinum Tuff Entertainment When Only The Best DJ Will Do!

Superior Wedding DJ by Day

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High Energy DJ by Night

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443-373-8181

ruly one of the most electrifying acts on the Eastern Seaboard, this is the man to get the party moving! But this entertainer is not just for any wedding; DJ Tuff is exclusively for those who want their after party, to be truly memorable. “Thanks again for doing such a great job at our wedding! Anyone needing a fabulous DJ look no farther. Tuff had our guests dancing all night long. Honestly, no one wanted the party to end. We continue to get compliments on how great the music was.” — A very happy bride Inside Ocean City

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WATER PARK • MINIATURE GOLF • HIGH ROPES ADVENTURE PARK & ZIP LINES • WESTERN THEME PARK

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Where to do, what to do in Maryland's premier beach destination.

Inside Ocean City 2021  

Where to do, what to do in Maryland's premier beach destination.