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(Feb. 5, 2021) The Ocean City Council approved two special events and contract language updates for the beach photo franchise during its meeting on Monday.

Special events

The council approved a request to hold the opening ceremony for the USSSA Softball World Series on July 20 from 3-5:30 pm.

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern Nationals includes more than 160 teams competing between July 23-28 in Ocean City and elsewhere in Worcester and Wicomico Counties.

The opening ceremony for the third leg of the USSSA Eastern World Series will include a parade of teams that will march up the Boardwalk to the Caroline Street Stage just before 4 p.m.

Dignitaries will welcome teams and players to the competition at 4:30 followed by low-impact beach games at 5 p.m.

The council also green lighted the Semper Fi Bike Ride on October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 1st State Detachment Marine is staging the event, which serves as fundraiser for Marine Corps League charities.

The event includes categories to accommodate various rider demographics, including individual, team, youth, senior, handicapped and local bike clubs.

The gathering will also provide an opportunity for participants to patronize local bicycle businesses.

The bike ride will launch from the south end of the Boardwalk and head to 27th Street before reversing course and cruising back to the inlet parking lot.

There will also be a fat tire bike ride along the beach from the inlet to 4th Street and back.

Both the Boardwalk and beach bike rides have staggered start times from 9:15-10:45 a.m.

The bicycle event is anticipated to wrap up by 12:45 p.m. with related activities running until 4 p.m.

Beach photography

The council approved language revisions for contract modifications for the beach photography franchise.

In a similar vein to language approved for the beach equipment rental franchise, the amended terms would permit the mayor and City Council to grant relief under extraordinary circumstances and for good cause related to payment structures or assessments of interest for beach photography franchise operators.

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