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There used to be a restaurant that looked like a ship in the 50's to 60's. I think it was a Chinese restaurant and may have burned down. Anyone have any information on this? 
Submitted by Cindy P, Frostburg Maryland on May 27, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 27, 2016

There was a place called The Ship's Cafe (sometimes the Ship Cafe) on what is now Harbour Island Community on the bay on 14th Street. It was built as a yacht club prior to World War II and burned in May 1977. During World War II its building was used as a Coast Guard Station. However, it was never a Chinese restaurant and did not look like a ship. The most notable Chinese restaurant in OC the 1960s and 1970s era was probably The Samoa at 25th Street which closed in the early to mid 1980s.

Hello, I would really like to go to Ocean City more often but I am unable to drive. Is there a way to get to OC from Montgomery County besides driving? If there were a way to get there, I would go several times a year.
Submitted by David B, Rockville Maryland on May 27, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: May 27, 2016

David I'm guessing the Montgomery County your from is the area north of Washington or SW of Baltimore.

Greyhound has daily routes to Ocean City (transfer at Salisbury) 6 days out of the week.

Check out my link for schedules and fees. Here is a page of bus terminals in the Washington area.

Hello, We are currently in Ocean City. We have our pet with us. I am a disabled veteran and he is a service dog trained and registered with the federal government. I read that dogs are not allowed on your boardwalk and beach, and I am wondering if there are exceptions for service dogs? If not, that will be fine. Thank you for you time and effort on our behalf. It is appreciated. 
Submitted by James J D, Dickson City Pennsylvania on May 26, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 26, 2016

James,

First, thank you for your service!  You are what makes this country great.

Service dogs are welcome everywhere in Ocean City.  The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires they are allowed everywhere.  In essence, they have the status of a person, not an animal.  The sign on the Boardwalk even says except for service dogs if I remember it correctly.  I know the signs for the beach say service dogs are allowed.

I wish you a wonderful time in OC!

How much for a weekly rental of umbrellas and chairs in July?
Submitted by Linda M, Media Pennsylvania on May 26, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 26, 2016

Rates vary a buck or two among operators, but an umbrella rental runs about $15/day or $70/week. Chair rentals run about $10/day and $40/week per chair. It is often less expensive to buy equipment if you are staying a week, but one nice thing about renting is that they take care of setup, including umbrella planting, and take down for you.

Do the Coastal Highway buses run from Fenwick to Ocean City during the early weeks of June?
Submitted by Sharon G, Abingdon Maryland on May 25, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 25, 2016

The bus runs the entire length of Ocean City, all 10.2 miles.  The southern terminal is on South Division Street and the northern terminal is on 144th Street.  The schedule is below and fares are $3 to ride all day.

Coastal Highway “Beach Bus”  South Division Street Transit Station to/from 144th Street Transit Station Fare: $3 Ride-All-Day. Exact Fare Required                                                                                                                                                        WINTER Nov. 2, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016  Sunday - Thursday  6:20 a.m. - 11:35 pm. Approx. every 40 minutes  11:40 p.m. - 6:15 a.m. No Bus Service  Friday & Saturday  6 a.m. - 6 a.m. Approx. Every 30 minutes.

SPRING April 1 - May 26, 2016  6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. approximately every 15 minutes  10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 30 minutes

SUMMER May 27 - Sept. 25, 2016  6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. approximately every 10 minutes  3:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 20 minutes FALL Sept. 26 - Oct. 30, 2016  6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. approximately every 15 min.  10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 30 min. 

West Ocean City Park-N-Ride “Beach Bus” South Division Street Transit Station to/from West Ocean City Tanger Outlets and Park-N-Ride Transit Station Fare: $3 Ride-All-Day. Exact Fare Required SPRINGFEST May 5 - May 8, 2016  West Ocean City Park N Ride “Beach Bus” service is available on dates listed.    Frequency of service is approximately every 20 minutes, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.,   unless otherwise noted.   “Beach Bus” service ends at 10 p.m. on Sunday’s of Springfest, OC Cruisin,   Bikefest, and Sunfest.   When “Beach Bus” service is not in operation, bus service to/from the Park N    Ride and South Division Street transit stations is provided by Shore Transit.   Please refer to Shore Transit service schedules for station arrival and departure    times, and applicable fares. 

Are you allowed to longboard on the boardwalk? And if so, are there regulations and/or certain times?
Submitted by Erik C, Hyattsville Maryland on May 25, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 25, 2016

There is actually a lot of conflicting information published about when skateboarding is allowed, so looked up the restrictions related to skateboarding in the OC Municipal Code. Chapter 90, Article V, Section 90-195 of the OC code, as modified by Ordinance 2012-28 skateboarding is allowed on the boardwalk the following times:

  - 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day

   - 2 a.m. to noon on the Thursday through Sunday of Sunfest and Springfest

  - Anytime from the day after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day, except the Thursday through Sunday of Sunfest and Springfest

Note that skateboarding is prohibited between April 1 and October 1 on all Ocean City public streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and other public property except the Ocean City Skate Bowl Park and Boardwalk during the hours noted above.

How far does the beach bus run on Coastal Highway?
Submitted by Jeanne S, Jessup Maryland on May 25, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 25, 2016

The bus runs the entire length of Ocean City, all 10.2 miles.  The southern terminal is on South Division Street and the northern terminal is on 144th Street.  The schedule is below and fares are $3 to ride all day.

Coastal Highway “Beach Bus”  South Division Street Transit Station to/from 144th Street Transit Station Fare: $3 Ride-All-Day. Exact Fare Required                                                                                                                                                        WINTER Nov. 2, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016  Sunday - Thursday  6:20 a.m. - 11:35 pm. Approx. every 40 minutes  11:40 p.m. - 6:15 a.m. No Bus Service  Friday & Saturday  6 a.m. - 6 a.m. Approx. Every 30 minutes. SPRING April 1 - May 26, 2016  6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. approximately every 15 minutes  10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 30 minutes SUMMER May 27 - Sept. 25, 2016  6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. approximately every 10 minutes  3:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 20 minutes FALL Sept. 26 - Oct. 30, 2016  6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. approximately every 15 min.  10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 30 min.  West Ocean City Park-N-Ride “Beach Bus” South Division Street Transit Station to/from West Ocean City Tanger Outlets and Park-N-Ride Transit Station Fare: $3 Ride-All-Day. Exact Fare Required SPRINGFEST May 5 - May 8, 2016  West Ocean City Park N Ride “Beach Bus” service is available on dates listed.    Frequency of service is approximately every 20 minutes, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.,   unless otherwise noted.   “Beach Bus” service ends at 10 p.m. on Sunday’s of Springfest, OC Cruisin,   Bikefest, and Sunfest.   When “Beach Bus” service is not in operation, bus service to/from the Park N    Ride and South Division Street transit stations is provided by Shore Transit.   Please refer to Shore Transit service schedules for station arrival and departure    times, and applicable fares.  OC

We are are staying in OCMD the week of Labor Day. Are all the boardwalk vendors still open?
Submitted by Stephen M, Palmyra Pennsylvania on May 25, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 25, 2016

Yes!  Ocean City is fully open and in full swing until the end of September, with the exception of pools and water parks closing on Labor Day. 

Is there a law requiring a specific amount of square footage in a condo that must be covered with carpet?
Submitted by Kathy G, Ocean city Maryland on May 23, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: May 23, 2016

I don't believe there is any such law. It would most likely be in the individual building by laws as to what the condo association requires.  And each one is different.  Check with the association at the building you are looking at. 

Why is The Bedtime Inn in Ocean City closed for the season?
Submitted by Christiana S, Baltimore Maryland on May 23, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: May 23, 2016

The Bedtime Inn was sold and is in the process of being torn down for a new Microtel Inn and Suites.  But as of Saturday, the entire back part of the hotel was still there, so I would say it's going to be quite a while until something new goes in there.  In the meantime, the Holiday Inn Express, the Francis Scott Key Hotel, and the Comfort Suites are all right along there if you like that area.