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My daughter is getting proposed to on the beach in November. I'm so excited! Is there any way to plan professional fireworks on the beach in OCMD? What companies should I contact, or what permits may I have to acquire? 
Submitted by Jan J, Frederick Maryland on October 22, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 22, 2018

For fireworks permit info, you need to contact the OC Fire Marshall via their webpage or at 41.289.8780.

For fireworks companies, see of one of the local wedding planners can point you in the right direction. You can see a list of several of them here.

We found a phone on the beach in North Ocean City this week. Do you have any suggestions for how we might be able to reconnect the phone with it's owner? Are there any lost and founds? 
Submitted by Victoria T, Ocean City Maryland on October 22, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 22, 2018

The best thing to do is to bring it to the Police Station at 65th Street. They store such recovered property at the Public Safety Building at 65th Street and are the place I always send people to when they indicate they lost something. In the past we have referred people here and we heard they got their lost items back.

You can call their non-emergency number at 410.723.6611 to see when they are open and if they have had anyone ask about the phone. 

I'm going to be in town next Thursday and Friday (10/25 - 10/26). What businesses will be open and what's worth checking out? 
Submitted by Edna H, philadelphia Pennsylvania on October 17, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 17, 2018

I would head to Seacrets, Fager's Island, BJ's or Dead Freddies for lunch or dinner.  Seacrets is always fun and still feels tropical.  You should also try and take the Distillery Tour at Seacrets - that is a lot of fun!

What is the best way to get trash picked up in Ocean City? 
Submitted by Ron B, Ocean city Maryland on October 17, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 17, 2018

Call the Department of Solid Waste.  They are great people and very helpful.

Steve Brown – Manager 204 65th St. – Bldg. E, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Hours of Operation 6:30 AM-3:00 PM Winter, 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM Summer Phone 410-524-0318, Fax 410-723-1832

Hi! I was wondering what local fish markets you would recommend. I'm looking to get the freshest possible local seafood to take home and cook. Thanks!
Submitted by Seth G, Salisbury Maryland on October 16, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 16, 2018

There are three fish markets I frequently use, all in West OC. There are other good ones in OC too.

Martin Fish Company is at the southeast end of the commercial harbor. They feature fish and shellfish, but generally don't have crabs. They inspect/process most of the fresh fish caught in OC.

Waterman's Restaurant about a mile outside of OC on the north side of Route 50 has an excellent seafood market with lots of fresh and frozen seafood. I've gotten lots of great seafood here for many years.

Crabs to Go on the northeast corner of Racetrack Road (Route 589) and Route 50 specializes in crabs, but also has excellent fresh, frozen, and prepared seafood. They are my go-to place for crabs, but I gt lots of other seafood from them too.

How much should I budget for an Ocean City vacation next year? I'm looking for an average 5-day stay in a hotel. 
Submitted by Reggie W, Newark New Jersey on October 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

It depends where you are planning to come to OC and the location and amenities you want at the palace you stay at. In the winter and early spring you can find hotels for as little as $400 for 5 nights. In the summer a basic, but decent motel with taxes will run you about $1000 for 5 days (or more). If you want a luxury oceanfront hotel in July, plan on $400 or more a night.

For some ideas of places to stay  checkout the OCOcean Accommodations page or look at this thread. In many cases you can click on individual property's links to see their rates.

For more information about budgeting for a trip to OC, take a look at this thread.

I was wondering if there are any new buildings being built in town currently? I thought there might be some new hotels and apartments coming in the next year and I'm curious about new places to stay! 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on October 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

There are several new buildings being built, including a Hilton Home2 Suites at 67th Street, a Marriott Aloft Hotel at 45th Street, and the Cambria Hotel at North Division Street. The Hyatt Place on the boardwalk at 16th Street opened last month.

Are there any Halloween festivals in Ocean City, Maryland this year? Is there a good place for children to go trick-or-treating? 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on October 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

Trick or treating at the Boardwalk is fun during the O.C. toberfest event.  Here is a link: https://ococean.com/events/trunk-or-treat 

When will the temperature of the ocean start to become really cold? Is there a place where I can track this? 
Submitted by David W, Salisbury Maryland on October 12, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 12, 2018

The temperature of the ocean has already begun to drop.  And the ocean is closed for swimming now since the lifeguards are no longer on duty.  It is open for surfers though.  

There are two places I recommend for checking water temps.  

https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/catl.html

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Ocean-City/seatemp

Hello! Are the Boardwalk games and rides still open this weekend (October 12-14)? If so, are they open on different hours that I should know about? How about the Thrasher's Fries? I'm looking to bring my two daughters to enjoy the Boardwalk for the first time. Thanks!
Submitted by Kevin M, Washington District of Columbia on October 12, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 12, 2018

Hi. This is Corvette Weekend in Ocean City so you should still find quite a few shops open on the boards open. The boardwalk rides and games are all closed now, but Trimper's Indoor rides for kids under 7 are still open, along with the arcades like Playland.  Thrasher's,  Wockenfuss, Candy Kitchen, and Fisher's Popcorn will all be open.  There are two indoor mini golf courses open on 68th and 136th St. as well.  You'll have a good time.  And be sure to watch the Corvettes parade up the boardwalk Saturday at 4 p.m.  

One word of advice.  Stay OUT of the ocean. There are no lifeguards on duty and it's not safe to swim now.