Ocean City Municipal Airport

Ocean City is looking to purchase two properties to the north of the Ocean City Municipal Airport for $850,000, all of which could be covered with grants.

Ocean City Council members met during a regular scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 15 and discussed the following items:

Marlin Fest moves

After two successful years, Marlin Fest could move to the inlet parking lot beach.

The event was previously held at the Third Street Park, but because of renovations that are expected to take place at the ball fields next year, organizers are asking to have the event moved.

Marlin Fest representatives Sasha Motsko and Madelyn Rowan told the council they want to give spectators an opportunity to watch the White Marlin Open weigh-ins from a remote location away from Harbour Island, where the pelagic beasts are raised on the scale.

By having the event at the inlet lot, spectators will be able to watch the boats return from their offshore excursions and watch the weigh-ins on a big screen monitor that will have its back to the ocean.

The event will also feature retailers, sponsors, food and truck vendors, and entertainment.

Staff members who reviewed the application raised concerns about having alcohol on the beach and the risk of people climbing on the jetty, so with its approval, all have agreed to fence off the event.

Mayor Rick Meehan expressed concerns about money lost from parking spaces that would be blocked off during the event and was told once a layout for the Marlin Fest is solidified, staff would have a better idea of how much money the city might lose. That money, as part of the agreement, would be reimbursed by Marlin Fest organizers.

With the applications approval as is, the applicants will be required to pay the city $1,425 in private event fees and $3,018 in asset and support fees for a total of $4,443.

Alley swap

City Council members unanimously adopted an ordinance to effect the exchange of a city-owned property between 74th and 75th Streets for another property on the same block.

Owners of the new Atlantic Beach House restaurant being built at the former BJ’s on the Water location on 75th Street asked the city close a 100-foot-by-10-foot, east-to-west alley in the southern portion of the property, in exchange for a 10-foot easement in the north-south running alley behind Quiet Storm Surf Shop.

A public hearing on the matter was held last month and drew no objections to the deal.

Airport property

The city is closer to purchasing two parcels of land just north of the Ocean City Municipal Airport from the Lower Shore Land Trust for $850,000.

City Council members approved the first reading of the deal in a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Peter Buas absent from the meeting.

If the deal goes through, it will allow for the removal of vertical obstructions such as trees and treetops from the parcel.

Because the purchase is eligible for a federal grant, the city is following all Federal Aviation Administration guidelines to ensure those funds can be pursued. If obtained, Director of Public Works Hal Adkins told council, the funds could cover the entire purchase.

This story appears in the print version of Ocean City Today on Nov. 19, 2021.

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