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Ocean City Re-Opens For Business

The wind’s stopped howling, the rain’s stopped pouring and business as usual has resumed in Ocean City.

Swimming restrictions were lifted and the Beach Patrol resumed normal duties on Monday, Assateague Island reopened Tuesday morning and the line at Thrasher’s French Fries resumed at an indeterminate time.

"Public Works deserves kudos for clearing the sand from the boardwalk within hours," Deborah Turk, director of tourism, said.


Ocean City Maryland boardwalk after hurricane irene


Early damage estimates are low — less than $200,000 — according to officials. The buzzing beacon at the mouth of the inlet was lost and there was some damage reported to the pier owned by Jolly Roger.


No injuries were reported during the storm and activity reports were way below a normal summer weekend according to OCPD information officer Michael Levy. A mandatory evacuation was ordered last week, leaving only an estimated 300 people on the resort over the weekend.


Students finishing out the summer in Ocean City were evacuated to shelters in Baltimore, but returned Sunday evening according to Melanie Pursel, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.


Mayor Rick Meehan expressed his optimism for the coming Labor Day weekend via Twitter Tuesday morning, posting "Looks like we will have an early start to what looks to be a Great Labor Day Weekend!"



Weather reports appear to back Meehan up, with only a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday through Monday. 


The howling, the wetness and the weather will all soon return to normal – the business of Ocean City. 

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