(Feb. 14, 2020) Be on the lookout for new signs throughout the resort next year, following the Ocean City Council’s approval Tuesday afternoon of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s tourist and corridor sign program.
“We had a preliminary endorsement in 2016, and in 2017 we had a concept that we were ready to run with, but a schedule change was required,” Project Manager Stephen Hollie said. “ Now here we are, we’ve obtained funding to put in signs countywide and this design and construction is funded at this point.”
The city would not be responsible for any costs, save for potential maintenance support.
The signs, similar to those seen on interstate highways that alert motorists to nearby attractions and services, would be more localized in Ocean City’s case. The new signs that will be posted were reviewed by an eligibility committee that decided whether the attraction they identified were worthwhile.
“We did wind up with one denial, and I believe that was because one key aspect of all the attractions is we need to have random visitation,” he said, meaning that a point of interest should not be available by appointment only or via advanced ticket sales.
Altogether, the program proposes 16 proposed signs along state highways, three along municipal roads and three signs to be removed and or replaced.
Ocean City would see signs advertising the skate park and fishing pier, visitor center, the inlet parking lot, Sunset Park, the Life-Saving Station Museum, the Ocean City convention center, Northside Park and the Art League of Ocean City.
Assuming the department gets a greenlight from other parties involved in the state campaign, the SHA would work on designs for approximately six months, and the signs would be posted sometime early 2021.
The council approved the recommendation, with Councilmen Lloyd Martin and Tony DeLuca absent.