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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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Contents 16 19 20 26 26 28 35 38 42 46 48 50 54 56 57 58 66 72 76 84 88 92 96 104 114 116 120 128 130 137 18

Publishers Welcome Important Numbers Insider Notes Public Transportation Map Beach Rules Must Haves Ocean 98 FM Beach Safety Rip Currents Beyond the Beach Assateague State Park Area Happenings Watersports Jet Ski Safety Rental Boat Safety Family Fun Cowboy Up! Free Activities Rainy Day Suggestions Fishing Golf History & Culture Ocean City Beach Patrol Dine Coastal Crab Picking 101 Happy Hour Mixology Nightlife Beach Weddings Index

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Insider Notes Choosing Sunscreen Avoiding Amusement Park Meltdown Doggies on the Beach Those "Little" Lifeguards Lightening!


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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

Lost or Stolen Credit Cards Discover - 800-347-2683 Master Card - 800-826-2181 Visa - 800-336-8472

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Insider Notes

Choosing Sunscreen by Emily Gertenbach

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hen enjoying the outoors, it's essential to have adequate sun protection. Choosing the right sunscreen for your skin type and activities can make all the difference between having a great time or nursing painful burns. What is Chemical Sunscreen? Chemical sunscreens work by intercepting ultraviolet light and turning it into heat. When chemical sunscreens are applied, they are absorbed by the skin, creating a nearly invisible look that many people enjoy for everyday wear. Once on the skin, chemical sunscreen "catches" and converts harmful rays, protecting the skin from burns. Chemical sunscreens are typically found in "sport" formulas that resist water and sweat for a period of time. However, the process of converting UV rays to heat breaks down the sunscreen over time, and it is important to reapply regularly. Common chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone, octisalate, avobenzone, and octinoxate. What is Natural Sunscreen? Natural sunscreens are naturally occurring minerals that reflect harmful ultraviolet light rays away from the skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens, natural sunscreens do not get absorbed into the skin. Instead, these protective agents form a barrier on top of the skin and deflect the sun's rays, protecting skin from burns. For this reason, natural sunscreens are also sometimes called "physical sunscreen."

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Because natural sunscreen sits on top of the skin, it is easy to wipe or rinse it away, particularly while in the ocean or pool. Natural sunscreen should be applied throughout the day. A thick product application is most effective but may leave a slight white cast. Luckily, many new natural sunscreens are formulated to be nearly invisible on the skin. Zinc and Titanium Dioxide are two of the most common natural sunscreens found in commercial products. Selecting the Right SPF Many experts recommend selecting sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating of at least 30. Choosing sunscreens with a higher SPF rating can extend the amount of time you can spend in the sun without burning. However, because of the continual breakdown of the product, it's essential to reapply regardless of the SPF rating. The recommended application amount is approximately 1 ounce for the average adult. Finding the Best Sunscreen Deciding between chemical versus natural/physical sunscreen is often a personal preference. Each product has its benefits and drawbacks, but choosing any sunscreen is better than none! Certain sunscreens are not suitable for use in the ocean surrounding reefs, so be sure to check product packaging if you will be swimming near delicate marine ecosystems. Regardless of what you choose, be sure to supplement your sun protection with protective clothing, UV 400 sunglasses, and a hat - plus a sense of adventure and fun!


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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! Inside Ocean City

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overheard the comment one day about the "tiny" little girl in the guard stand, "how will that kid ever rescue me?" said a reasonably large man. With that statement in mind, it seems like we should share a few facts about those so-called "tiny" guards. Do you know that each lifeguard or "Surf Rescue Technician" (SRT) not only is very fit, but they are trained in techniques to aid all swimmers regardless of size. They must pass a rigorous test to gain the title of SRT in Ocean City. Those tests include, but are not limited too, swimming from the inlet jetty, down to and around the pier, and up to Shore. This leg of the test is not a simple swim. Currents are stronger closer to the jetty, the distance is far, and this segment of qualification alone often separates the real lifeguards from the average pool guy. During their shift and rotations, they have a training period which not only gives them a break from the ocean watch, but helps them maintain their high level of fitness. You can even find them exercising near their stands once a relief guard is present, and they also go for a daily run, which is much more physically challenging in the sand. Those "tiny" guards can even move the 350-pound guard stand they occupy, and it's part of their daily routine to drag their stand from the waters edge to the dune line so that the beach clean-up tractors can scour the beach efficiently. Relax, you're in Ocean City with some of the most highly trained lifeguards in the country. If you hear their whistle, please respond; they are continually looking out for your safety and quietly helping you have a wonderful, safe vacation.


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ightning is powerful, beautiful, and deadly. What is lightning, exactly? Lightning is static electricity caused by static charges formed in clouds. Warm, moist air rises and forms clouds. Inside the clouds, static electricity creates positive and negatively charged particles with insulating air in between. As the clouds grow, the charges increase, creating a potential difference between positive and negative. When the difference in charge is significant enough, the negative and positive charged particles overcome the insulating effect of the air, causing a massive discharge of energy resulting in a lightning strike. Most discharges are cloud to cloud lightning; these are the flashes you can see in the clouds during a thunderstorm. They happen more often than cloud to ground or ground to cloud lightning strikes and are much more dangerous. Here are several popular misconceptions about lightning and what you should do to keep your family, property, and animals safe during a storm. Myth #1 —Lightning never strikes the same spot twice. Lightning can strike the same spot many times. Tall buildings often suffer many lightning strikes. According to the National Weather Service, New York's Empire State Building suffers lightning strikes over twenty times each year. Myth #2 —The storm isn't here yet; I'm safe. Even when the clouds, thunder, and rain seem far away, you are at risk. Lightning often strikes over three miles outside the center of the storm and can happen over ten miles from the storm center. Your best bet is getting inside if a storm is approaching.

by R. Daniels Myth #3 —I'm safe under a tree or crouching down on the ground. A popular misconception is that getting under a tree will shelter you from the storm. The foliage may keep you dry but won't protect you from lightning. Trees are tall and pointy. Tall, pointy objects attract lightning. According to the National Weather Service, sheltering under a tree is the second leading cause of lightning injury and death. Crouching down doesn't make you less of a target either. There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm. Get inside a hard-topped vehicle or get indoors quickly to avoid lightning danger. Myth #4 —The rubber tires on a vehicle will insulate me from lightning strikes. Lightning striking a vehicle goes through the metal body and into the ground. If you are inside, you should be safe but avoid leaning on the doors during bad weather. Convertibles, fiberglass vehicles, and motorcycles offer no protection. Your safest option is always to get indoors in bad weather. What you should do to stay safe When skies grow dark and the thunder rumbles, do not take chances with your life. Take shelter in a safe place until the storm passes. Heed all warnings by Beach Patrol immediately, particularly if they call to clear the beach. All guards are in constant contact with headquarters, where the weather is continuously monitored.

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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 futher 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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Ocean City’s Beach Patrol

Beach Rules 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.


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W ith the many things Ocean City offers, one that it proudly calls it's own is WOCM-FM 98.1 (Ocean98). Ocean98 is locally broadcast from the world-

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famous Seacrets Jamaica USA. Perched atop the tiki bar, the station maintains a local staff of on-air talent throughout the day and night seven days a week. In a time when most radio is canned with syndicated shows and programmed from a central location, Ocean98 is one-of-a-kind. The station's slogan is "The Best of Rock" and is programmed in house, featuring many local and regional artists. While it is undoubtedly the best of classic and modern rock, there is always a little reggae in the mix because of its connection to Seacrets. Seacrets owner Leighton Moore owns the station. When asked why he decided to buy a radio station, his answer was very succinct. "I was tired of paying high prices for advertising on sub-par radio stations. I knew we could build a station from the ground up that would be better and more beneficial for the area. Local radio is a dying breed, but if done right, there is nothing better. I think we do it right!" Moore bought the station in 2002 and moved the studio from Selbyville to his Seacrets campus in Ocean City, located on 49th Street and the Bay. At the time he bought the station, it featured an eclectic mix of music and talent. The station format was categorized as AAA (Adult Album Alternative) and rarely showed up on the local radar of radio stations. With the competition from large radio clusters, it was hard to make things work for an independent station in any market, let alone a medium-market seasonal town like Ocean City. Today there are less than a dozen authentic independently owned radio stations in the country, and with a visionary like Moore, Ocean 98 is poised to be amongst the top of the list for many years to come. Listeners of Ocean98 are encouraged to visit the studio when touring Seacrets. And just like the Seacrets property, the studio itself is a piece of art. Moore designed the studio in the same theme as Seacrets (nautical and island-like), and it has been recognized by the radio industry winning a nationwide contest, and crowned "The Best Looking Studio in America." Many radio studios are small, windowless, and often off the beaten path; the Ocean98 studios are a showpiece located front and center. While enjoying the Seacrets beach, look up to the southeast, and you will see the large window that separates the studio from the salt air. When inside the studio looking out, the jocks are treated to one of the most majestic views of the Ocean City sunset over the bay. The studio also sets itself apart by having room for full bands who perform live at 6:00 pm on Live Lixx at 6. Musicians who have played live in the studio include Grammy nominee Maggie Rogers, Micheal Franti, international opera singer Ilaria Della Bidia, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, Dirty Heads, Morgan Heritage, Buddha Council, Hirie and hundreds of others. Ocean98 is heard locally on 98.1FM and can also be heard worldwide online at www.ocean98.com. With more than a dozen cameras in the studio, listeners are encouraged to watch live. The station maintains its' local roots with daily surf reports, local news, a regional concert calendar, and the entertainment connec-


tion to keep everyone informed of what bands are playing in town. Ocean98 is the go-to station for locals and visitors alike to get all their information. While there is no doubt that this is a local radio station, it is also very popular with online listeners. Recent analytics show that the station is regularly streamed in 67 countries around the world every day! Since 2005, the Ocean City area has been waking up to "Bulldog's Rude Awakening Show" weekdays from 6-10 am. Show host and station general manager, David "Bulldog" Rothner enjoys waking up each morning at 3:30 am to go to what he calls "the greatest job in the world." In addition to being a local morning show, The Rude Awakening Show also features daily interviews which range from A-list celebrities to New York Times best-selling authors, top touring comedians, Musicians, TV stars, Hollywood actors, professional athletes and a myriad of others. According to Bulldog, the show is really for the listeners. "While we do prepare for the show, we also encourage the show to be listener driven. It's a very interactive show with people calling and texting in non-stop." The station is active in social media, posting a "Facebook Question of the Day" that has become a popular routine for their 50,000 plus followers. The current cast of daily characters joining Bulldog includes Big Al Reno, Coach, Marla, and Lee from Malibu's Surf Shop. Additionally, there are regular contributors ranging from local restaurateurs to a rocket scientist. This is no ordinary morning radio show! Bulldog and Moore were friends for many years since meeting in the Caribbean, where Bulldog lived on the island of St. Maarten. But it wasn't until 2004 when Moore suggested Bulldog move to the Ocean City area and join the station that Ocean98 began to morph into what it is today. The two were a perfect complement of each other and they both shared the vision for what a local radio station should be. "You need to be small enough to be part of the community," Bulldog said, "And you also need to be larger than life." The station has established itself and has been called "....one of the best radio stations in the world" by The Washington Post. Ocean98 has won numerous awards both locally and regionally. It is home to some of the most popular and wellattended events including, "The Party," which is held each December at Seacrets and is a combination of a listener appreciation and Seacrets customer appreciation party. The "Ocean98 Golf Tournament" is the one golf tournament you don't even have to know how to play golf to participate. "Reggae Play Day" in the streets of Berlin has drawn thousands to America's Coolest Small Town. Both "The Best Bloody Mary" contest and "The Best Wings Around Contest" attract the area's top bars and restaurants, showcasing their unique recipes. The winner is judged by attendees of the event, and all listeners are invited. The Ocean98 Foundation was created several years ago to help raise funds for various charities and to fund their annual Ocean98 Cash for College program. The Cash for College program awards local students in Wicomico, Worcester, and Sussex County $3,000 each year to use towards their college education. The foundation has also supported local hospitals Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Atlantic General Hospital. The Believe in Tomorrow Children's House by the Sea, the Humane Society, Diakonia, and many more.

Ocean98 continues to evolve and will keep working to stay on the cutting edge. It was the first station in the area to add an app to allow listeners to take the station with them on their phones. They were one of the first stations in the market to initiate a text line to stay connected with listeners. The morning show is known for its spontaneous remotes and has broadcast live from New York, Jamaica, Washington DC, Vermont, Chicago, and even throughout Europe. Plans for future remotes are in the works and will include international artists joining the broadcast. With Ocean98, you need to stay tuned because you can always expect the unexpected. The regular weekday lineup of Bulldog and The Rude Awakening Show, Middays with Marla, The Afternoon Coast with Colleen, and Nights with Schwab is punctuated by an outstanding weekend schedule. Billy Bruce hosts the Rock Inside the Hall Show and Rock Outside the Hall Show, local artist Kaleb Brown hosts Island Time featuring arguably the greatest collection of reggae, and DJ Bobby O and Stevie J complete this impressive combination of talent. Ocean98 truly has something for everyone! For those who may be planning a trip to Ocean City, Maryland, we suggest you stream ocean98.com before you arrive, so you are in the know of what is going on. When you show up, you can tune in to 98.1FM to stay current and to hear the best of rock. Chances are once you tune in, you'll never turn it off.

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Beach safety seminars are conducted daily by the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

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

Beach Safety Warning...Holes!

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

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.

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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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. 44

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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 State Park

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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.

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

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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

During the summer, lifeguard protected beaches are provided in both Maryland and Virginia districts. Surfing, surf fishing, mats and floats are allowed outside the lifeguarded areas.

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s new life energizes the Shore, outdoor activities begin to take center stage. The ocean won't begin to warm for a few more months, but there are plenty of reasons to break the "cabin fever" with a trip to Ocean City. Bring your dog to the beach and enjoy the Pooch Palooza Dog Festival in April, join in a benefit walk, Springfest, Ocean City Restaurant Week, Cruisin' and so much more. Crowds are still light, and hotel deals abound!

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Happenings

Penguin Swim

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Seaside Boat Show

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Family Bonfires on the Beach

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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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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. 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.

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Cowboy Up!

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cean City hires lots of college kids to help during the busy summer season, and the Frontier Town Western Theme Park is no different. However, at the helm of the Western Theme Park, directing the next generation of riders, is a true “cowboy,” with a resume that will inspire that next generation of wranglers. Shane Karson, the theme parks Manager, has a bio that encompasses a zest filled, adventurous lifestyle; truly the modern cowboy. Karson grew up on horses; in fact, horses have been such a part of his everyday life that he doesn’t remember not being around them. He learned his craft at his parent’s side. In his early teens, he was roping, participating in both team and calf roping in Rodeo throughout the NorthEast part of the country. At 16, he got on a bull. He spent the next four years working on mastering his bull riding skills, but his eyes were wide open, and he was ready to move onto other “cowboy” adventures by the time he reached 20. Trick riding would be his next endeavor, including Roman Riding. (Merriam Webster defines Roman Riding as “a style of riding in which the rider stands with one foot on the back of each of two horses driven as a pair.”) If you have never seen a Roman Rider, make plans to visit the Frontier Town Western Theme Park this summer. It’s a skill far above the average trail ride. As a young adult, Karson traveled through the country riding Rodeo from coast to coast, but his talents stood out, and he has been sought by many well-known establishments, including Circus World (the old Ringling Bros.) Karson was hired to not only ride but run their Western Show and did so for several years.

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He then took the reins at the “Colorado Riders.” (A part of the corporate umbrella that includes Cypress Gardens, now part of Legoland Florida, Bush Gardens and Seaworld.) His show became the number one show in Orlando for several years. His next adventure would take him closer to his original home in Tennessee, riding for Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. He was there for a few years, but the adventurous heart beckoned him back to the Rodeo. This time he would meet Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Cotton Rosser. Known as the “P.T. Barnum” of professional Rodeo, Rosser purchased the Flying U Rodeo Ranch in 1956, which is now the oldest rodeo livestock company in the United States. Flying U bucking stock show up regularly in the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) chutes. Karson chuckles and says, “it was just so much fun working at the Flying U. I even moved up to Roman Riding a "Unicorn Hitch," a team of six, while I was with Cotton." While most rodeo personnel are hired for one year, Karson is among a tiny group invited to stay on with Rosser...until that next adventure called.

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Karson showcasing some of his many skills at the Frontier Town Western Theme Park.

Karson working with his son, Clay.

A couple of years later, it was time to go back to the Dolly Stampede, but this time to run the show, he then moved on to open another venue for Dolly Parton in Florida. “It was so great working with Dolly; she is a wonderful person. We did a lot of things with her, including a photoshoot for Vanity Fair that included my horse, Robin,” says Karson, “that was another memorable moment in my life.” While in Florida, the Arabian Nights reached out to Karson, asking him to travel with the Walter Farley Literature Program. He was on the road with them for a few years and enjoyed his time there. By 2006, the Rodeo was calling once again, and this time it was the Wrangler National Finals and Karson's talent for trick riding. Along the way, Karson had two sons, both with exceptional riding skills. His youngest, Clay, is following in his father's footsteps driving teams and Roman Riding, and as of this article, he is not yet a teenager.

How does all this connect Karson to Frontier Town? Karson's parents were part of the Western Theme Park when it opened in 1959, and while Karson has traveled the country and continues to do so in the offseason, the Western Theme Park is now "home" base. He was a fulltime employee during the summer of '79, but at that time, he was focused on "steer wrestling," and of course, the Rodeo was home. Karson is excited about the future for the Western Theme Park as new things are being added all the time. Frontier Town Western Theme Park and Campground is a destination on so many levels, and with Karson's talent at the helm of the Western Theme Park, it's one of those "must-do" things on your vacation list. Don't miss out! Karson has been a part of the pre-race festivities at the Belmont Stakes; part of the Triple Crown of horse racing. Inside Ocean City

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Smith Island Cruises A Great Way To Spend the Day!

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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 daily from Crisfield at 12:30 p.m. and leaves Ewell at 4:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets online at SmithIslandCruises.com

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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. 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.

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Flagship Cinemas 12641 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD (443) 664-7554 Relax in your reserved heated recliners while you enjoy the latest movies. Be sure to visit the Pig & Whistle inside the theater, to have a beer or wine with your popcorn!

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. Mt. Zion One-Room School 117 Ironshire St., Snow Hill, MD (410) 632-1265 The Mt. Zion One Room School House, now located on Ironshire Street was built in 1869 near Whiton and used as a school until 1931. It stood empty until Dr. Paul Cooper, Superintendent of Schools, had the building moved to Snow Hill. It was opened to the public in 1964 and has since demonstrated to students and visitors how their forebears were taught in the days of one room schools.


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 businesses. Several tanks house local marine animals. Queponco Railway Station 8378 Patey Woods Road, Newark, MD (410) 641-0067 The Queponco Station, silent and unused, is a symbol of earlier times when the railroad was a vital part of the daily life of the people living on Maryland’s Shore.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 11413 Worcester Hwy., Showell, MD (443) 430-2142 St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church located on Route 113 at the intersection of Route 589 in Showell. Much of the original Flemish bond brick structure is retained. Built as the first parish church of Worcester Parish, which had been established in 1753, construction started in 1756 and was completed in 1759. 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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THE BEACH IS JUST THE BEGINNING! Need a break from the beach? Ocean City Recreation & Parks has something just for you!

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Coast’s coolest municipal skate park. Or visit the Ocean City Tennis Center, sporting six premier-coated hard courts and three clay courts. And then there’s Northside Park... which features playing fields, outdoor fitness equipment, jogging paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing and crabbing piers, and a beautiful lagoon! Not to mention, Northside Park boasts two indoor gyms where you can drop in for aerobics, basketball, pickleball, yoga, and so much more!

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

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-Crabbing and Claming Supplies -Rods, Reels and Line -Surf, Pier and Jetty Combos -Fishing Licenses Available -Hugh Selection of Fresh & Frozen Bait

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all is a magical time at the beach. The color on the drive into town can be just stunning. Ocean City no longer “rolls up the streets,” as it did years ago. Today it remains a bustling town year round, hosting several popular events during the fall. Ride into town for the motorcycle festival, explore the tents at Sunfest while you enjoy both local and national talent. Sample wines from the region and local wineries at Winefest. In September, Ocean City welcomes back the Cruisers. The beach is no longer packed with visitors. Hotel and dining deals are plentiful. If you’re here during the season, come back, we have so much more to share!

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Golf

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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! 94

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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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History & Culture

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol was formed in 1930; prior to that, the US Coast Guard protected swimmers from a small watchtower on the Boardwalk at Caroline Street. The first guards hired by Major William McCabe were Edward Lee Carey and John Laws; they followed the crowds on weekends and protected the most populated beaches. On July 1st the Beach Patrol was increased to five full-time guards and Carey was appointed the captain. The first “Lifeguards Ball,� a dance to raise funds for needed equipment was held in 1931. First aid kits were added as standard equipment the following year. The lack of manpower during WWII left the Beach Patrol with just a few guards from 15 to 18 years old, but these young men did well, and no drownings were recorded in Ocean City during the war. By 1946, the OCBP was back to full strength, and Bob Craig was appointed the captain. He would go on to serve in that position for 41 years, a remarkable record of public service. Captain Craig introduced semaphore to the Beach Patrol in 1946 as a way for guards to communicate with each other without having to leave their stands. It is still a requirement today, over 70 years from the time it became a required part of the test to qualify for a job as a lifeguard in Ocean City. The Beach Patrol has grown a lot since the World War II era. In 1945 the city limits ended at 15th Street, and the last guard stand was in front of the Commander Hotel on 14th Street. By January 1965 the town of Ocean City had annexed the land all the way to the Delaware line. This change created a town which was less than half a mile wide, but almost ten miles long, and all of it fronted on the Atlantic Ocean. Originally sparsely populated in the northern sections, the beach still had to be guarded. In 1965 the Ocean City Beach Patrol tripled in size.

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol posed on the beach at Caroline Street in 1948. The city limits ended on 26th Street at that time, but there were few bathers north of the Commander Hotel on 14th Street, The Beach Patrol numbered fewer than 20 guards. The building in the background with the tower was the U.S. Coast Guard Station. It was moved to the south end of the Boardwalk in 1977, and today serves as the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Beach Patrol)


The lifeguard barracks were located across from the Coast Guard Station on Philadelphia Avenue in the 1960’s. Although the rent was free, it was crowded and lacked privacy; it was not the most comfortable accommodations. Most guards preferred to rent a room or share an apartment elsewhere. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Beach Patrol)

The Ocean City Beach Patrol is pictured on the beach at Caroline Street in 1953. The tall man standing to the right of the flagpole is Captain Bob Craig. He would serve as captain of the Beach Patrol from 1946 until his retirement in 1987- a record that is unlikely to ever be broken. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Life Saving Museum) 97

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Take home pay for lifeguards was only $52.50 in the early 1960s, and that was for seven days a week. When it rained one out of four guards had to remain on standby as part of a skeleton crew. In spite of the long hours and grueling workouts, there was always a surplus of applicants for the coveted lifeguard positions. Perhaps it was the perks of the job; the chance to meet girls on the beach (all guards were male until 1977), the right to wear the red jackets emblazoned with “OCBP,” or for some the free meals that often came with the job. In those days the hotels and hamburger stands felt it a privilege to give free food and drinks to “their” lifeguard, the one responsible for the safety of swimmers in front of their establishment. In any event the best of the best, the OCBP attracted an outstanding group of applicants each year and continues to do so today. Captain Craig retired in 1986, and longtime Assistant to the Captain George Schoepf became only the second captain of the OCBP since 1946. Schoepf emphasized physical fitness; he wanted to be sure that guards could handle whatever might be demanded in an actual rescue situation. Schoepf, a teacher, and coach in the off-season, became a mentor to many of his guards. He served as captain until his death on June 11th, 1997. Butch Arbin became the captain in 1997. A member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol since 1973, he had both the experience and dedication to be a respected leader and part of a strong team. Says Arbin, “I’m no more important than anybody else, I just have a different job.” It is an astonishing fact that the OCBP has had only three captains since 1946 of Craig, Schoepf, and Arbin. There are few organizations anywhere in the country that can make that claim over such a period. The Ocean City Beach Patrol has changed with the times. For many years the surf rescue technicians, the modern name for lifeguards, were entirely male and white. No minorities were represented, and no females sat on the stands until the late 1970s. Today many women guard the beaches and race, or ethnic background is not an issue. All take the same test, and if they pass, they are on. Women take the same test as men. Technology has changed since Captain Craig rode a bicycle down the Boardwalk to check on his men. Jet skis, four-wheel drive vehicles, and computers are essential parts of the Beach Patrol, and a close working Inside Ocean City

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Officers of the Ocean City Beach Patrol in 1967 (L/R) Captain Bob Craig, Lt. Bob Wagner, and Assistant to the Captain George Schoepf. Schoepf would become Captain upon Craig’s retirement in 1987 and serve until his death on June 11, 1997. (Photo courtesy Bob Wagner)

relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maryland State Police Aviation Division exists. Training today can include helicopter rescues and the use of rescue swimmers. All of that is important, but the mission remains the same as it has always been, to keep people safe in the ocean and on the beaches. It is still the guard in the stand that makes the difference.

“I lived in the lifeguard Barracks which used to be across from the Coast Guard Station on Philadelphia Avenue. It was a free room but was located over where the garbage trucks were kept, and they would start at 5:30 am every morning and wake us up. There were about 22 guards living there. We had bunk beds, a locker, and there were eight or ten showers. You wanted to take a shower before the hot water ran out.” – Ron Gosser

“I joined the Ocean City Beach Patrol in 1955 and lived in the lifeguard’s dormitory which was over the fire department. It was a terrible place to live and with no air conditioning, was hotter than hell. I made $35 a week and got two free meals each day from the old Colonial Hotel where my stand was located. Guys would try to get a stand in front of a hotel with good food as it was a tradition that each hotel would be responsible for feeding ‘their’ lifeguard. Lucky Jordan guarded the beach in front of the Maryland Inn. He was one of the best and one I looked up to; he would go to Florida in the winter and guard beaches down there. I wasn’t making enough money as a lifeguard, so I gave up my job and went back to the Atlantic Hotel to be a bellhop.” – Bill Behning

“I lived in the barracks across from the Coast Guard Station, but prior to that, the guards and summer police officers lived above the old Police Station on Dorchester Street. We had about 37 guards on the entire Beach Patrol in the early ’60s. That changed when Ocean City expanded to the Delaware line (1965) and the size of the beach patrol tripled.” – Bob Wagner

“In 1959 the beach patrol had a guard stand on every block from the Inlet to 17th Street and another on 22nd Street in front of the Stowaway. The Stowaway had the last guard with a stand. The North Beach from 22nd to 45th Street was patrolled by jeep with about five guards. They’d put a guard on whichever beach was busy that day.” – Joe Moore

The officers of the Ocean City Beach Patrol posed in front of the Convention Center in 1972. The area guarded by the Beach Patrol stretched from the Inlet to the Delaware line; a distance of nearly 10 miles. (Photo courtesy Chip Dashiell)

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“In the 1960s there was a rule that people could not sit within six feet of a guard stand, and we had to enforce it. I have a picture from 1963 that shows me sitting on my stand and my girlfriend is sitting in a chair six feet away.” – Bob Wagner “Captain Craig had great expectations for all the guards on the patrol. He was a strong disciplinarian but was fair. If you fell asleep on the stand or broke the rules, you could be gone.” – Chip Dashell

“Pay for the lifeguards was only $52.50 take home in 1963 for seven days a week. When it rained, one out of four had to standby as part of a skeleton crew.” – Joe Moore “One of the first days, after I had joined the Beach Patrol the guard on the stand north of me, jumped off his stand to make a save and broke his ankle. He was laying on the sand in pain, and I had to go make the rescue.” – Bill Helmuth “In spite of the low pay, a lifeguard had many bonus perks including meeting pretty girls. Dumser’s offered free milkshakes to beach patrol members, and you could get three donuts and a cup of coffee for 25 cents from Ernie’s Donuts on N. Division Street. A beach patrol member never paid a cover charge at the local night clubs and most of the boardwalk hotels, motels, and coffee shops gave a free lunch to the guard in front of their place.” – John Jarvis “In 1964 I guarded 22nd Street by the Surf and Sands (today known as the Day’s Inn) and J.D. Quillin, the owner was great to me. He had a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Henry and J.D. had taught the dog to climb the guard stand. Dogs were not allowed on the


beach, but Henry would sneak out, climb the stand, and steal my flags (semaphore flags) when he wanted to play.” – Bob Wagner

“I tried out for the Ocean City Beach Patrol one summer, and they had me swim against the current for three blocks while they timed me. I made it within the time period, but I was wiped out. I decided not to pursue a job with the Beach Patrol!” – Peter Gilpatric

“Most of the hotels and restaurants took good care of the guard on their beach. My stand was next to the pier, and I used to get two cheeseburgers and a cold drink every day from the Alaska Stand and a milkshake from Dumser’s.” – Ron Gosser

“My first guard stand was up near the Delaware line in 1965. The development of Ocean City hadn’t reached that far yet, and the side streets were not paved all the way up to the beach. I had a 1930 model A Ford, and I’d park it at the end of the street on what was really just hard packed sand. Anybody looking for me could see that car and have no troubling finding me.” – Chip Dashiell

“My first summer as a guard on the Beach Patrol I stayed at the Jarman House on Dorchester Street. I shared a room with one roommate and paid $12.50 a week which included linens. Mrs. Jarman made our beds every day.” – Butch Arbin “There were only about 35 lifeguards in the early 1960s, and we were a close group. A lot of us would get together for dinner each night after we got off duty. The Lackawanna down on Baltimore Avenue near 1st Street was a popular place, and Phillips Crab House was another. I liked the fried chicken at the Lackawanna and the crabmeat in butter sauce at Phillips. We’d get all the rolls we wanted and could eat at Phillips.” – Ron Gosser “The Beach Patrol went from 45 to 88 guards when Ocean City expanded to the Delaware line (1965) and the amount of beach we guarded more than doubled. The northern areas were uncrowded before all the condos were built up there.” – Robert Craig “I joined the Beach Patrol in 1965; that was the year Ocean City annexed all the land from 41st Street to the Delaware line and the Beach Patrol expanded its force to cover several miles of beach. I had previously been a combination beachboy/lifeguard at the old Park de Ville Motel (now the Quality Inn on 54th Street) and had been allowed to use my surfboard to make rescues. I could paddle out quickly and put them on the board; it was a lot easier than trying to make a rescue using those metal torpedo buoys. Unfortunately, the Ocean City Beach Patrol didn’t allow us to use surfboards.” – Bill Helmuth

August 3, 1986 has been remembered as one of the most catastrophic days in Ocean City’s history. In the photo above, EMS personnel and members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol work frantically to revive victims of a lightning strike that occurred on the beach at 2nd Street. Four people died in that tragic event. (Photo courtesy of the Ocean City Beach Patrol)

“I remember what we used to call ‘bad boy swims.’ Anyone who was guilty of breaking any rules was made to swim eight blocks or more depending on the infraction. Nobody enjoyed it, but it helped keep them in shape; it seemed like the cut-ups received the best training.” – Robert Craig

“My first summer as a lifeguard I got sunburned all the time. We didn’t have umbrellas on the stand, and I rarely wore a hat. I used to put zinc oxide, the white stuff, on my nose. I really loaded up with it, even on my feet where I’d get blisters. It wasn’t all bad though because I met a lot of nice people and made a lot of friends.” – Chip Dashiell “In the 1980s and up to the late ‘90s the Beach Patrol used zodiacs, rubberized outboard boats to patrol offshore in the fall when the surf was rough. They carried radios on board, and the crew could respond to assist with rescues along the beach-front. I think we had three in the early ‘90s. We were issued our first wave runners around 1996, and they replaced the zodiacs within just a few years.” – Lane Douglas

Ghosts In the Surf More Memories From Ocean City, Maryland

by Hunter “Bunk” Mann

There is so much more to this chapter on the Ocean City Beach Patrol, in the new book Ghosts in the Surf, by Bunk Mann. The companion book to Vanishing Ocean City. Get your copy today and explore Ocean City's rich history.

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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.

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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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32Palm

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Western Caribbean cuisine with an Eastern Shore flair. Located in the exclusive Hilton Suites Oceanfront.

Buddha Bowl Field greens, roasted chic peas, cucumber, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, Roma tomatoes, red pepper hummus and farro served with balsamic vinaigrette Day Boat Scallops Blackened or pan seared day boat scallops with fresh corn relish and citrus jus Asian Brown Rice & Quinoa Bowl With shrimp, braised kale, julienne vegetables and drizzled with a sweet chili soy The Bermuda Triangle Our signature dish. Cinnamon seared sea scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crab cake with sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbeque sauce Seafood Mac & Cheese Shrimp, lump crab, lobster and pollack tossed in a 3 cheese cream sauce over cavatappi pasta with panko crust

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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! Inside Ocean City

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Bad Ass Cafe

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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Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon The Locals Favorite Hometown Tavern

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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!

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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.

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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.

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ry 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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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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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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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!

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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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Outtakes Preparing Inside Ocean City is just as much fun as a summer vacation!

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Index of Sponsors

Beach Weddings 131 132 133

Kylan Barn Next Wave Studios Platinum Tuff Entertainment

Culture & Entertainment 15 85 85 100

Events 68

Golf 94 95 95 95

75th St. Urgent Care West Ocean City Illness & Injury

Mixology 127 124 123 126 125 122

Pooch Palooza Dog Festival

Nightlife

Baja Amusements Flashback Old Time Photos Frontier Town Grand Prix Amusements J and J Shop Heliair Next Wave Studios Ocean City Parks & Recreation Pro Track Salisbury Zoo Smith Island Cruises Eagle's Landing Golf GlenRiddle Links at Lighthouse Sound Rum Pointe

Happy Hour 117 117 118 118 119 116 119

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Flagship Premium Cinemas Fox Gold Coast Theater Sun & Surf Cinema Sun & Surf Classic Movies, Opera & Ballet

Family Fun 75 76 Back 71 74 86 81 70 70 81

Medical Care

Bad Ass Café Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon Dry Dock 28 Harborside Bar & Grill Pit & Pub West 'O Bottle Shop Whisker's Pub

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Other 21 37 80 49 36 77

Pets 34 68

Brass Balls Saloon Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon Dry Dock 28 Harborside Bar & Grill Pit & Pub Whiskers Pub Seacrets

MDOT Walk Smart Ocean 98/ Irie Radio OC Chamber of Commerce OC Hotel Motel Restaurant Assoc. Town of Ocean City Worcester County Tourism Delmarva Unleashed Pooch Palooza Dog Festival

Real Estate 80

Holiday Real Estate

Retail Shops 32 81 35 35 14

Candy Kitchen Coastal Hospice Thrift Shop Jessica's Fudge Starbucks West O Bottle Shop

Restaurants 108 7 110 117 106 123 6 109 107 106 113 106 107 12 111 112 113 35

32 Palm Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar Brass Balls Saloon Buxy's Salty Dog Caribbean Pool Bar & Grill Dry Dock 28 Ember's Restaurant Fish Tales Harrison’s Harborwatch Hemingway’s Lighthouse Sound Marlin Moon Paul Revere Smorgasboard Phillips Seafood Restaurant Pit & Pub Rice House Bistro Ruth's Chris Starbucks

Spa 74

Creative Day Spa

Sport Fishing 2 88 89 89

Bahia Marina Fenwick Bait & Tackle Oceanic Fishing Pier Ocean Princess

Watersports 62 60 63 29

Bayside Boat Rentals Odyssea Watersports Paradise Watersports West OC Watersports

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inter in Ocean City is a great time to be in the resort. It’s the perfect sweetheart getaway destination. Cozy hotel rooms at winter prices. Gourmet restaurants, serving mouth watering dishes, without the wait. And a glimpse of the locals life, without all the hustle and bustle. Come during the holidays and enjoy the Winterfest of Lights, the Holiday Shoppers Fair or visit our surf shops and the outlets. With board shorts and bikini’s under the tree, the excitement will last for months in anticipation of that Ocean City summer vacation!

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Inside Ocean City 2020  

Travel Guide - Ocean City Maryland

Inside Ocean City 2020  

Travel Guide - Ocean City Maryland