• OCEAN CITY — Interviewing Richard “Dick” Grimes after being named Citizen of the Year in 2010, I asked him how, at the age of 92, he was able to do so many things.

    “The good Lord will decide when it’s time for Dick Grimes to stop and I guess he’s telling me to keep going,” he said. 

  • A bicyclist at the intersection of Ninth Street and Haven Avenue where a HAWK signal was recently installed.

    OCEAN CITY — As summer hits its stride, clashes are inevitable as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians share the roads. However, Capt. Steve Ang of the Ocean City Police Department says bicyclists are generating a lot of complaints. 

    “The majority don’t obey traffic devices, especially along the bike path on Haven Avenue,” Ang said.

  • The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer.

    OCEAN CITY — Another summer is in the books as Our Children Making Change participants, nearly 230 strong gathered at the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 to hear what their collective effort over the last six weeks totaled in dollars and cents.

    OCMC founder and President Laura Dulac kept the total a secret until Monday afternoon when a large check totaling $25,782 was unveiled.

  • Delaware Hotel one of many buildings no longer standing

    photo courtesy of the Ocean City Historical Museum / The Delaware Hotel was built in 1925 on the beach between Third Street and Park Place. One of many grand hotels built in the 1920s, it was demolished in 1971 to make way for the Gardens Plaza high-rise condominium.

    OCEAN CITY — Built in 1925, The Delaware Hotel graced the north end of the boardwalk for 46 years before giving way to the more modern Gardens Plaza.

  • Claire Lowe / Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade took off down the boardwalk Thursday, Aug. 14.

    OCEAN CITY — Dozens of babies and children dressed up in costume to compete for prizes as Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade took off down the boardwalk Thursday, Aug. 14.

  • OCEAN CITY — It’s now up to the mayor to decide if the state can proceed with plans to build an elevated boardwalk in Corson’s Inlet, connecting West Avenue at 59th Street to the existing gravel path along a former railroad line in the wetlands.

    City Council voted 6-1, with Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting, to approve a resolution asking Mayor Jay Gillian to sign off on permit applications required to build the raised walkway over the wetlands at its Aug. 14 meeting.

    Gillian said Thursday that he is not sure whether he will sign the permit applications because he is still researching the topic.

Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC

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Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC

OCEAN CITY – Depending on where the waves are coming from, Waverly Boulevard has long been the top spot for long-board surfing in Ocean City.

Longtime Ocean City surfers say it remains a good break, depending on the tide, but it changed after a recent beach replenishment project; and a mild winter has meant there has not been extensive erosion to return it to its former shape.

One surfer said it used to be a good high-tide spot, but now seems the best on an incoming tide, while at other times it does not offer much of a ride.

It remains one of three guarded beaches dedicated to surfing. The main one is at Seventh Street where there are often surfing classes and bathers are sent a block north or south to stay out of the way of surfers.

The other guarded surf beach is at 16th Street, according to Tom Mullineaux, chief of operations at the Ocean City Beach Patrol. He says Waverly is “still OK” as a surf spot, as well.

The OCBP also allows surfing between the stands in the south end, starting at 37th Street, he said. Surfers are obliged to stay outside the red flags, and to watch out for bathers.

On summer weekends, those spots can be as crowded as the guarded areas – with a lot to keep track of between wave riding kayaks, people surf fishing and those swimmers who don’t want to take a walk down to the guarded beaches also making use of the same area.

There are also rides to be had past the southernmost lifeguard stand, in Corson’s InletState Park south of 59th Street.

Early mornings and evenings, after the guards are off duty, are less crowded, and Mullineaux said the waves are open to surfers before and after the guards get on duty. Guards started May 26, and are on duty 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and until 5:30 on weekends and holidays.

The old fishing pier at 59th Street remains a popular spot, as well as Fifth Street and Seventh Street, but the area at First Street, coming off the jetty almost right in front of the lifeguard headquarters, has seen some of the best waves throughout this spring, and has kept a good form on big days.

On a recent afternoon, the spot was crowded with wetsuited surfers lining up for wave. 

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