Ocean City Council Approves Upcoming Events | New
Wine on the Beach, new surf competition among the approvals
Ocean City never runs out of things to do throughout the summer and early fall, and this week council members approved details of an array of events to mark on the calendar.
wine on the beach
As one of the biggest and most popular events to close out the summer, Wine on the Beach returns September 9-10 to the north end of the cove.
Council members approved a memorandum of understanding with the organizers of the annual festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days.
Wineries will set up tents and provide 1-ounce samples to customers who pay for drink tickets. The event will also feature arts and crafts vendors; sale of food, wine by the glass and microbrewery; and live entertainment.
According to the staff report, the organizer must obtain a tent and special event permit and provide crowd managers, and pay $675 in private event fees and approximately $16,494 in asset and support fees. . They can also apply for a side job with the Ocean City Police Department for $48 an hour.
Red Bull Foam Wreckers
A new surf event called Red Bull Foam Wreckers is scheduled for July 23 at 39th Street Beach.
K-Coast Surf Shop‘s Chris Shanahan and Mark Harrell have sought approval for the event, which will only feature foam/soft surfboards. It is set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a rain date for the same times on July 24.
Shanahan described the event at Monday’s board meeting as an “anti-surf contest, contest.”
“All surfing competitions are fun, but this one is really about getting the crowds on the beach,” he said.
The staff report says participants will pre-register and spin a wheel to determine the size of council they will compete with.
Shanahan also said that if the event goes well, he anticipates it could take place every year.
Members of the city’s Beach Patrol had some concerns, which were outlined in the staff report as part of the private event approval.
Organizers will pay the city a total of $770 in private event, plus asset and support fees.
Marine Corps Challenge
The Marine Corps Pull-Up Challenge kicks off this weekend on the beach between First and Second Streets.
Board members approved a special event request for the competition which, according to the staff report, supports the OC Air Show by providing “an interactive experience for the general public” and promoting the Marine Corps of United States. The report says USMC awards will be available for competitors and photographers will be on hand to take pictures.
The event is set from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 11 and 12.
The staff report says the organizer will not be charged a private fee to host the event, as the Marine Corps is exempt from such fees.
DPC welcome event
DPC Emergency Equipment, a company that supplies emergency vehicles and the like, is hosting a hospitality event from 5 to 8 p.m., June 20.
The event, which consists of displays of emergency equipment, is scheduled to take place on 37th Street, east of the coastal road between the driveway and the dune line.
The staff report says the organizer has requested that 37th Street from Dune Lane be closed to traffic during the event, which Public Works Department employees will monitor.
The organizer will pay $355 in private event fees.
Turn up the sound for movie night
The Ocean City Fontainebleau Resort, formerly the Clarion, will host a Turn It Up Movie Night on July 7 on the beach in front of the 101st Street hotel.
The film event, which runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., is part of the Turn It Up dance competition taking place at the resort. The staff report says the movie is unknown at this time but will be family friendly.
A 12-foot inflatable cinema screen will be installed at the edge of the dunes, in front of the station, accompanied by two speakers and a projector. Spectators will provide their own beach chairs and towels for viewing.
According to the staff report, beach patrol members expressed concern about people swimming when guards are off duty and asked staff members to ensure no one enters the water during the event. A bonfire permit may also be granted as part of the event.
As Fontainebleau already has a beach easement, organizers are not required to pay a private event fee for the movie night.
The opening ceremonies for the United States Specialty Sports Association, or USSSA, Eastern Nationals, will be held July 12 and 19 in downtown Ocean City.
The events, held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., include team parades and opening ceremonies for rounds two and three of the USSSA East World Series (softball).
Events will begin on the beach north of the pier, on the boardwalk from the pier to Caroline Street, and at the Caroline Street Stage and surrounding beach.
According to the staff report, the staging of the parades will begin at 3 p.m. on the beach, north of the pier. At 3:40 p.m., the teams will march across the streetcar track and onto the promenade, head north and continue to Caroline Street, where the marchers will again cross the streetcar track to access the stage. At 4:30 p.m., dignitaries will officially welcome the World Series teams. From 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., low-impact beach games will be available for participants and spectators.
The staff report says it is important that the event does not interfere with normal beach patrols for safety reasons, and various details have been included to ensure this.
Ocean City partners with Wicomico and Worcester counties under the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance, or MAASA, agreement for the events. The staff report states that the three-week tournament has a significant positive economic impact on the city and region, in turn all private events, and asset and support fees are waived.
Walk out of darkness
Council members approved a private event request from a suicide prevention organization to hold a march on October 1 in downtown Ocean City.
The Out of the Darkness Walk, organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will raise funds, raise awareness and educate the public about suicide prevention and honor those who have passed away.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon on and around the Caroline Street Stage and the Fifth Street Promenade at the entrance.
The staff report says the headquarters will be set up on the Caroline Street stage, where registration, information vendors and an opening ceremony will take place. The walk will start on the promenade at Caroline Street and travel south to the entrance, turn north and continue to Fifth Street where it will turn south and end at Caroline Street.
The event coincides with the Oceans Calling Music Festival, which runs from September 30 to October 2 on the nearby beach, and the staff report says city employees will work to mitigate any issues that may arise if both events occur at the same time.
The Out of Darkness Walk organizer will pay a total of $509.60 in private event, plus asset and support fees for the event.