Matt James

Ocean City Council President Matt James praised law enforcement agency efforts for the pop-up tuner car rally that took place from Sept. 21-26, adding that the city should not let up on its efforts, at least for another year or two to ensure everything remains under control.

The Ocean City mayor and City Council met at City Hall on Monday during a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss and approve the following items:

Pop-up success

Ocean City officials praised law enforcement efforts to control behavior and unlawful actions of crowds in the resort area during the pop-up car tuner rally, which took place from Sept. 21-26.

“I just want to thank all the law enforcement that was in town.” Council President Matt James said during the City Council meeting on Monday. “The efforts that law enforcement has made over the last two years seem to be working.

“I agree that we should not let up anytime soon, at least another year or two, to make sure we’ve got everything under control,” he added.

Mayor Rick Meehan echoed the council president’s sentiments.

“It was a culmination of about four years’ worth of work,” he said, giving thanks also to the citizens of Ocean City for their patience. “We’re going to continue to be vigilant and to do what we need to do to maintain that level of compliance, and even improve upon that.”

Approved events

The City Council approved three events that are expected to take place between November and June.

The first event is the 21st Annual Boardwalkin’ for Pets, scheduled for Nov. 6.

Worcester County Humane Society representative Sandy Summers applied for the event, which will have participants walk the boards with their pets from the inlet parking lot to 27th Street and back. The event will feature things like a DJ, tables for raffles, cutest dog, and cat contests, and more.

With its approval, the applicant is expected to pay the city $62.50 in private event taxes.

Sean Davis of the Ocean City Baptist Church was granted approval to hold a Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 on the Boardwalk at North Division Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Davis will be allowed to use city electric for the event and the bathrooms at Caroline Street will be open.

The applicant will be required to pay the city $62.50 in private event fees.

The third and final event approved by council was the Lyme Disease Awareness 5K walk/run, scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 14.

The route for the event encompasses the boardwalk from the inlet parking lot to 16th and 17th streets. 

As part of the application’s approval, Angela Burke, who represents Fight the Bite, requested council provide one judge’s stand, eight pieces of bike fencing, 50 cones and 10 inlet parking lot passes for volunteers.

The applicant is expected to pay the town $87.50 in private event fees plus $234 in asset and support fees, totaling $321.50.

This story appears in the print version of Ocean City Today on Oct. 8, 2021.

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