Ocean City Today

Boardwalk springs back to life in wake of big snowfall

Winter precipitation covers boards with white blanket, few businesses open
By Greg Ellison | Jan 11, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Backshore Brewing Co. Manager Nathan Todd, right, and Nick Strayer toast the snow-laden Boardwalk last Sunday. Despite the rough conditions, Todd said the duo were on hand at noon both days with, “beer to warm you up,” on 10th Street and the boards.

(Jan. 12, 2018) The Boardwalk began coming back to life last weekend following the storm last Thursday that turned sandy beaches into snow-covered vistas.

Although the Boardwalk’s weekend crowd was light, Backshore Brewing Co. at 10th Street opened at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Speaking on Sunday, Nathan Todd, manager/assistant brewer, said word of the bar’s opening eventually elicited a few thirsty souls.

“Yesterday we had nobody and I think that’s probably because people didn’t think we were going to be open,” he said. “Today we’ve had like seven people.”

After noticing social media posts highlighting wintery conditions at the shore, Doug and Kimberly Lutes of Frederick opted for an unplanned beach excursion last weekend and booked a top floor room at a Boardwalk hotel.

“We wanted [to stay] ocean side, so we could get up in the morning and see all the snow,” he said. “We saw the sunrise and it was awesome. I’ve never seen snow all over the Boardwalk and on the beach. ”

Ocean City resident Mike Friedemann, who works on the Boardwalk renting bikes during the summer, took stock of the snow-covered promenade on Sunday.

“As nice of a winter as we’ve had, very mild until two weeks ago, now we’ve got this,” he said. “We do get snow, but it’s probably been 10 years [since] I can remember having minus-zero temps. That’s the dangerous part.”

An Ocean City native, Friedemann, 53, has adapted to the vagaries of the local weather.

“It’s the Eastern Shore,” he said. “Just wait a minute, and it will change.”

Last Thursday morning as the storm was peaking, however, Friedemann experienced the warm side of winter in Ocean City.

Lacking exact bus fare, he was attempting to walk from downtown to mid-town, when “The bus driver stopped … stepped out of the bus and said, ‘Come on man.’ I said, ‘I ain’t got the three bucks and he said, ‘I didn’t ask you nothing about that.’ “That’s why I love my town,” he said. “People down here that are real salt life.”



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