Ocean City Today

Pair of new events, plus two existing activities approved

By Greg Ellison | Feb 22, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Chris Shanahan, with K-Coast Surf Shop, presents information about the O’Neill East Coast Grom Tour, while Special Events Coordinator Lisa Mitchell looks on, during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

(Feb. 23, 2018) Two new summer events, along with a pair of existing gatherings, were approved during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.


Surf tour

Special Events Coordinator Lisa Mitchell presented a request for the O’Neill East Coast Grom Tour, a surf contest for children age 17 and under that will be held July 28-29 from 7a.m.-7 p.m. on the beach at 36th Street.

Event applicant Phillip Jackson, with the East Coast Grom Tour, requested permission to set up half a dozen 10-foot by 10-foot tents, along with vehicle beach access.

Mitchell said the Ocean City Beach Patrol would handle crowd control and safety, while noting the applicant will pay more the city than $900 in private event fees.

Councilman Dennis Dare took exception to allowing vehicles beach access during the tourist season.

“Is it really necessary or is it just convenient?” he asked.

Chris Shanahan, with K-Coast Surf Shop, didn’t foresee a problem and said beach access was not mandatory.

“There’s plenty of hands there to load this stuff,” he said. “We’ve been doing it a long time and we’ll do our best to mitigate any problems.”


Air Force Jazz Ensemble

The council also approved an appearance by the U.S. Air Force Jazz Ensemble based on a request from Convention Center Director Larry Noccolino.

The Airman of Note, which consists of 18 musicians and one vocalist, are set to play at the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

The show, which is free to attend, will cost the city about $1,250 to produce, but brings added value, Noccolino said when initially proposing the event during the Tourism Commission meeting last Monday.

“I want to make it free to the public [because] it adds to our integrity as a town,” he said. “We’re actively seeking all of our Armed Forces bands.”


Spring Cruisin’

The council, back in November, had granted initial approval for the springtime car show, which is scheduled for May 17-20. On Tuesday, it approved an associated memo of understanding.

Councilman Dennis Dare said although the memo reserves dates for the event over the next two years, there are no guarantees.

“Last spring that was unacceptable,” he said. “The lawlessness and carnage was too much.”

Councilman Matt James agreed with Dare’s assertion, while noting numerous efforts, including legislative action, are being explored to regain control.

“The aggressive behavior was out of hand,” he said.

Councilman Wayne Hartman said an improved understanding with allied law enforcement agencies should improve enforcement efforts this year.

“Across the board, there are several things in place that will make it better,” he said.


Race for Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is set for April 14 from 7:30 a.m. to noon, was approved for an expansion to its beer garden.

Mitchell said the Susan G. Komen group recently kicked off a year-round sponsorship with Virginia-based Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company.

Over the last two years, Backshore Brewing Company has supported the event, which includes a stipulation requiring the beer garden to showcase a craft beer produced in Ocean City.

Before asking for council approval, Mitchell consulted with Backshore Brewing Company Manager Nathan Todd.

“I spoke to Nathan who is OK with both brewing companies being present at this event,” she said.

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