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I was wondering if there was a list of where I can find each Boardwalk bench? 
Submitted by Chad g, PASADENA Maryland on August 3, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 3, 2016

The benches are maintained and provided by the Department of Public Works in Ocean City.  You can call the department and ask if they have a list available and perhaps can have it mailed or emailed to you.

PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION

410-524-7716 – 65th St. Coastal Hwy. – Ocean City, MD

Can anyone tell me if it's too late to register for Sessions by the Sea in September? If not, how might I go about doing so? 
Submitted by Judy K, Ashland Pennsylvania on August 3, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 3, 2016

I'm sorry, but registration is closed and the event is sold out according to their website.

https://ocaa.org/2016/05/29/sessions-by-the-sea-2016-registration-information/

Are Easy Up canopies allowed on the beach?
Submitted by evie h, ST. THOMAS Pennsylvania on August 3, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 3, 2016

Yes, they are allowed, but not near the water's edge. They need to be set up back behind the lifeguard chairs so that they don't obstruct the lifeguard's line of vision.  Be sure to bury the legs deep in the sand, use weights, or bring BIG stakes (not the ones that come with the canopy). Those things will and do take off in strong wind and if they hit someone, you would be responsible.  Have fun at the beach!

Have there been any reports of jellyfish activity (more or less) in the water this year? 
Submitted by william c, cossayuna New York on August 2, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 2, 2016

I can report that I was in OC all last week, I spent alot of time in the water, and I saw not a single jellyfish in the ocean.

Are there gift cards that I can purchase to use for the city overall, or are there individual businesses that offer them for sale separately?
Submitted by margaret f, confluence Pennsylvania on August 2, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 2, 2016

Here's a good site for gift cards in OC http://www.oceancity.com/store/

Another good place to get discounted gift certificates is http://halfoffatthebeach.com/ .  I've used this site quite a few times and it's about the best deal around. You simply sign up for a weekly email and each week you'll get a message with what deals are available that week.  Dining, activites, and services all offered at about 1/2 off. And about twice a year, they even offer 1/2 off ride passes for the amusement parks.  Enjoy! 

Where can we buy a sturdy canvas beach umbrella in Ocean City?
Submitted by Carol D, Ocean City Maryland on August 2, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 2, 2016

You can buy them in OC for pretty much the same price in OC as they cost online. Two places I recommend to buy these types of umbrellas are the Ace Hardware store on 69th Street and Elliott's Hardware off Route 611 in West OC (I bought mine from one of these places). These places both have really nice selection of heavy duty canvas umbrellas similar to the ones you can rent. You can by less expensive (cheap) umbrellas all over OC.

My friend and I are planning to take the Lewes Ferry from Cape May, NJ to Ocean City, MD to spend the day on the boardwalk and beach. Does the ferry leave us off close to the beach, or do you recommend we take the car on the ferry, since they offer us that service. We are planning this the end of Aug.
Submitted by Regina f, Staten Island New York on August 2, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 2, 2016

The Lewes Ferry doesn't come to Ocean City at all.  It sails from Cape May N.J. to Lewes Delaware which is about a half hour to an hour drive from Ocean City depending on traffic. Check Mapquest for the best directions, but it's an easy drive down Route 1.  Have a great day in OC. 

If I'm driving from Perkise, Pennsylvania, to Ocean City, MD, how much will I spend from tolls?
Submitted by Ashley V, Perkise Pennsylvania on August 2, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 2, 2016

I assume you are in a standard passenger car paying cash and are traveling on a weekend. Larger vehicles (e.g., RVs) cost more, using E-ZPass costs less.

Take I-476 South from Lansedale all the way to I-95. You will pay $1.80 (cash) in tolls for the Northeast Extension portion of this route ($1.16 with E-ZPass). The Blue Route portion is free.

Take I-95 South to Delaware Route 1 south (no toll).

Take DE Route 1 south. You will pay a $6 in tolls on weekends (only $2 on weekdays) on Route 1 (each way) to go from I-95 to Dover. There are no other tolls the rest of the way.

Total for Tolls = $7.80 (max) each way.

Is there a speed limit for bikes on the Boardwalk?
Submitted by Michael D, Columbia Maryland on July 29, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 1, 2016

I asked a bicycle Police officer this question yesterday.  He said there is no posted speed limit, but about 5 - 8 mph is the maximum you should ride.  He cruises at about those speeds.  Reckless bikers can be removed from the Boardwalk.

What is an ideal spot on the beach to get married at sunset?
Submitted by Tiffany D, Mckeesport Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 31, 2016

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Honestly, almost anyplace on the beach is a great option. I'd suggest someplace near where you are staying or near where you want to have a reception afterwards.

If you need an officant, contact one of OC's Wedding planning companies. They can provide anything from just a wedding officant to full-blown planning services. Two options are Ocean City Wedding Pastor (410.603.9918) and Beach Weddings by Rox (866.472.3012).

To use the beach for your wedding, you need to coordinate a time and location with the Mayor's Office. You can call them at 410.289.8931 to do this. There is no fee, but there is a form you need to fill out that you can get here. There is more information here. If you are planning on doing this between now and Labor Day on the beach, then you will likely need to do it before 9am or after 5pm, when the beach is much less crowded. In addition ot the beach, OC's Parks, particularly Northside Park (on their pier) and  Sunset Park are also great locations for ra wedding, especially at sunset. If you want to use a park, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125 to coordinate your event and find out more.