The Ocean City Council approved several upcoming events during its Aug. 2 meeting that are expected to take place through Oct. 23:
Shore Craft Beer Fest
Glenn Irwin of the Ocean City Development Corporation was granted approval from the City Council to hold the Shore Craft Beer Fest at Sunset Park on Oct. 23, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Local breweries will be on tap to serve craft beer samples during the event, and will be joined by food trucks, entertainment, and vendors selling souvenirs.
Brewers are also allowed to sell their pre-packaged beer at the event, though it cannot be consumed while there.
OCDC is requesting things like fencing on the east side of Sunset Park, two temporary pedestrian crossing signs on S. First Street, four parking spaces for event use on the west side of Philadelphia Avenue near the Sunset Park entrance, and that the restrooms at the park remain opened, cleaned, and restocked throughout the event.
As part of the agreement, Irwin and OCDC will be required to pay the city $100 in private event fees and $355.20 in asset and support fees, totaling $455.20. The city agreed to waive the city space use fee and the applicant-charged park rental fees imposed by the Recreation and Parks Department.
Blessing of the Water
Donna Santoni of St. Mary Star of the Sea was granted approval to hold the Blessing of the Water from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 at 17th Street, on the beach and Boardwalk.
The Blessing of the Water will consist of a procession from the Holy Savior Catholic Church on 17th Street to the Beach and Boardwalk, during which songs will be sung and prayers will be offered.
As part of the event, police will stop traffic as the procession moves across Philadelphia and Baltimore avenues.
Santoni and her organization will be required to pay the city $187.50 in private event fees.
Bay to Beach Drive
The Miata Owners on Delmarva – or MOOD – were granted permission to have a Boardwalk parade on Sept. 11 from 5-6 p.m. The parade raises money to support the Home of the Brave Foundation in Milord, Delaware, which is a nonprofit that provides housing and services to veterans who experience difficulties returning to civilian life.
The participants are expected to meet at the convention center before driving to the Boardwalk at 26th Street and following it down to N. Division Street, where the cars will exit.
As part of the approval, organizers are required to pay the city $350 in private event fees.