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My friends and I were thinking about doing a performance on the boardwalk (we both play guitar). Do we need a permit, or are there age restrictions required of performers? 
Submitted by Alex M, Delaware Delaware on June 4, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 4, 2018

This has been a battle that's been going back in form between the performers and city hall for some time now. To see the latest news click here. I'm not sure how to answer your question but I suggest calling City Hall at 410 289 8221 to get some answers.

  

I'm disabled and unable to drive, so I need a manual wheelchair. Does OC offer beach wheelchairs (with wide wheels that can be pushed over sand)?
Submitted by Cathy M, Germansville Pennsylvania on June 4, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

Yes, OC has several options for beach wheelchairs. Note that these chairs need someone to push you and are not self-propelled.

The wheelchairs located on the west edge of the beach are controlled by the beach patrol, but generally put out Memorial Day weekend and removed around Labor Day. They are available 10am to 5pm on a first-come-first-serve basis and they need to stay within a block of their location. They are not allowed in the water. They are located at the Inlet Lot, 7th,  27th, 30th, 40th, 48th, 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th, 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th, 145th. Find out more about them here.

There are also other options.

Beach wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.723.6610 for more information.

Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information.

Finally, PMI rentals rents these chairs, and they will deliver. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk. The chairs are also not self propelled, the person in the chair will need someone to push him or her across the beach.

There is also a new business, SandHelper, that offers self-driven electric beach wheelchairs. Find out more about them here or by calling 855.743.5737. They cost $75/day to rent and have free delivery and pickup.

How do I get tickets to Sessions by the Sea in September? 
Submitted by Pauline H, Washington District of Columbia on June 4, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 4, 2018

The place we're staying has a boat dock on the bay -- are we allowed to use a 5-person inflatable boat (with oars) on the bay? If so, do we need to have boat license? 
Submitted by Brian L, Ridgeley West Virginia on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

I would look here:  http://dnr.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/regulations/home.aspx

Based on my read of the rules, believe your boat does not need to be licensed.  To require a registration you must meet either test:

Your vessel, whether commercial or recreational, must be registered in Maryland if it is:

Equipped with any kind of primary or auxiliary mechanical propulsion; and Used in Maryland most in a calendar year.

I would take the safe boaters course though.

Are there any Senior Citizens travel packages or discounts for OC Vacations?
Submitted by Cynthia B, Suitland Maryland on June 4, 2018
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

Hi Cynthia, Looks like the Plim Plaza does offer a senior citizen package. Here's the information for you: http://www.plimplazaoc.com/specials-packages.html, the Castle in the Sand does specials for seniors: https://castleinthesand.com/ocean-city-md-hotels-specials/ Check those out and let us know how they are. Any other information for seniors please visit http://www.ococean.com

My nanny uses my car on a regular basis and didn't know that the parking rules had changed at the Inlet. She has now parked there a few times (and paid for parking). However, she stated she had run over her few minutes of allotted time.  Where am I able to find out if ticket(s) will be issued since I'm the one that owns the vehicle? 
Submitted by Tara c, Berlin Maryland on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

I would try 410-723-6610 to start.  This the main police number.

I'm coming to Ocean City from Raleigh, NC at the end of June. Do you suggest I fly or drive? If I fly, do you have any recommendations for airports?
Submitted by Judy B, Raleigh North Carolina on June 1, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 1, 2018

In your case, both options could work.

I would generally not recommend flying, but if you don't mind driving to Charlotte, NC, then it might be a solid option for you.  The nearest major commercial airports to OC are over 2 hours away, but you can fly to Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport (SBY) which is about 30 miles from OC on American Airlines. They are only serviced by American Airlines which only has direct flights to Philadelphia and Charlotte, so you are in luck if you want to fly.

It looks like Charlotte is a 2+ hour drive from you, plus an 90 minute flight, and then you need to get from SBY to Ocean City. The drive to OC from Raleigh is about 8-1/2 hours.

Is there a guide to the Jolly Rogers points that I can look up somewhere?
Submitted by Dezeray M, Catasaqua Pennsylvania on June 1, 2018
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 1, 2018

Hey Dezeray, No i'm sorry you would have to come to Jolly Rogers with your card to see your points. It's really the only way.

Are tents (the open ones that block the sun) permitted on the beach?
Submitted by Jenna W, Hubbard Ohio on May 31, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: May 31, 2018

Yes the pop up canopies are allowed. No closed tents and make sure you secure them in the sand well. 

My mom and I are planning a visit in late August. She is handicapped and has a license plate, will she still have to pay for parking on the side streets?
Submitted by Alicia E, Gaithersburg Maryland on May 30, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 30, 2018

Most side street parking is free - just look for the street signs.  For an overview of parking in Ocean City, click here: https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/public-works/inlet-parking-lot/