Ocean City Today

Gov. Larry Hogan presents state citation to Kite Loft

By Brian Gilliland | Mar 01, 2018
Photo by: Brian Gilliland Jay and Mary Lynn Knerr

(March 2, 2018) Of the sights, sounds and spectacles on Ocean City’s Boardwalk – and there are many (planned or otherwise) – The Kite Loft’s beachfront summer displays featuring dozens of classic and unique kites has delighted millions of tourists over the years, and earned the notice of Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan issued a state citation to the landmark store on Fifth Street and the Boardwalk last week, praising “… the fun and countless hours of enjoyment provided by the colorful kites, flags and beautiful windsocks” that create a picturesque scene on the Boardwalk for locals and tourists alike.

Jay Knerr, owner of The Kite Loft since 1984, said he mentioned a previous citation awarded to Ocean City as “the kite capital of the world” under Gov. William Donald Schaefer to the man responsible for those beach displays, Christopher Rudolf.

Rudolf, The Kite Loft’s beach flying manager, also works as staff for the Republican caucus during the session of the Maryland General Assembly, which runs from January to April.

Rudolf posted the citation to social media, and said it was for being “Maryland’s coolest store,” last week.

“I’m up here in Annapolis during the week and I see Gov. Hogan occasionally. After Jay mentioned the Schaefer citation to me, I talked with the governor during a reception at the start of the session,” he said.

At the reception, held for Republican delegates and senators, Rudolf said, he and the governor reminisced about Hogan’s visit here last year.

“I showed him a four-string stunt kite,” Rudolf said. “He remembered me and the business I was affiliated with,” and so Rudolf planted the idea of the citation.

The governor was amenable to the idea, Rudolf said, and a few weeks later the citation was issued.

“I think it was great. Gov. Hogan remembered something special about Ocean City, and took a course of action to acknowledge that,” Rudolf said. “It’s a really nice gesture for Ocean City and The Kite Loft.”

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