The Ocean City Council on June 7 approved several events that are expected to take place through Sept. 25:
National Guard recruiting
The Maryland National Guard was granted approval to host a recruiting event on the beach at Wicomico Street from June 8-18, between noon and 6 p.m. As part of the event, the National Guard will set up a display table and have two military vehicles on the beach, though one of the stipulations was that the vehicles be in position no later than 8 a.m. and leave no later than 7 p.m. because of pedestrian traffic. If for some reason the vehicles need to drive across the vehicle, additional staff are required to be on hand to stop pedestrian and bike traffic.
Walk for Recovery
A representative from the Atlantic Club was granted approval to host the “Walk for Recovery” on the Boardwalk from the inlet to 27th Street, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 12.
The event is aimed at informing people about treatment options and resources for those who face or know someone who is facing addiction. As part of the application, event organizers were granted the ability to set up tables, chairs, and equipment on the south end of the Boardwalk – including a first aid station, information tables, and more – as well as 10-foot-by-10-foot tents. The applicant was also required to pay the city $87.50 in private event fees.
O’Neill East Coast Grom Tour
An amateur surf contest for grommets – or children aged 17 and younger – called the East Coast Grom Tour, was approved by the City Council on Monday to take place on Sept. 18-19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 36th Street.
Because the event takes place after Labor Day, the Beach Patrol will not support the event, therefore, organizers are required to maintain a 50-yard buffer between surfers and swimmers. The applicant was required to pay the town $425 in private event fees.
Out of the Darkness Walk
Representatives for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – or AFSP – were given approval to hold the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon near the Caroline Street Stage and Boardwalk, from Fifth Street to the inlet.
The event helps raise money for AFSP while bringing awareness to suicide prevention and education. The event will also honor those who died, and those who lost loved ones, to suicide.
As part of the event, organizers asked to use the stage, electricity, and two parking spaces at the end of Caroline Street. The car pop-up rally is scheduled for the same weekend as the walk, and as a result, organizers were informed that resources “may be stretched thin.”
But despite slim resources, the organizers said they were not looking for city resources for the event. The applicant is expected to pay the town $425 in private event fees as well as $84.60 in asset and support fees, totaling $509.60.