Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The China Seas Motel was located on the oceanfront at 51st Street. Designed to resemble a Chinese “junk” (a commercial fishing boat seen on the rivers of China), the unique building attracted much attention on Coastal Highway.
The motel had been built in 1963 after lower land values following the March Storm of 1962 spurred development in North Ocean City. This was one of the first motels north of 33rd Street. It contained 32 units.
The China Seas was destroyed in an early morning fire on May 8, 1969. The building had not opened for the season and was empty at the time of the fire. The motel was never built and former site is now the location of The Coral Reef and The Worcester House.
Photo from Bunk Mann’s Collection

Ray Rice Helps Area Students

The Ray Rice Charitable Fund donated 100 book bags and school supplies to Worcester County students. The bags were distributed through Family Connections, a program at Worcester Youth and Family. Pictured, from left, are Melanie Windsor, Worcester Youth and Family; Lisa Hall, Berlin Town Council member; and Brigitte Saulsbury, Worcester Youth and Family. Submitted Photos

Council, OCDC Reach Deal On New Beach Patrol Home; Downtown Recreation Complex Plans Shelved Again

OCEAN CITY – The long awaited Ocean City Beach Patrol’s new headquarters got the green light this week to be funded in an upcoming bond issuance with a little help from the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC). Earlier this month, City Manager Terry McGean presented the Mayor and Council with a draft of the Town of Ocean City Capital Improvement … Continue reading

Q&A With Resort Police Chief; Chief Says ‘Boardwalk Is Truly Safe’ But ‘We Need To Clean Up Some Things’

OCEAN CITY — In a sweeping interview this week, Police Chief Ross Buzzuro explained why he believes Ocean City is a safe place to live and visit and what he plans to do to keep it that way. Hired July 1, Buzzuro is no stranger to Ocean City, as he has owned property locally for years, but his roots are … Continue reading

First Ever Decatur Way 5K Slated

BERLIN- The first-ever Decatur Way 5K, benefiting Stephen Decatur High School and the Decatur Athletic Boosters, is set for next Saturday, September 7 at the Berlin school. Produced by OC Tri Running, The Decatur Way 5K is a fun run open to runners of all ages and skill levels with the proceeds benefiting the high school and its athletic boosters. … Continue reading

Grant Helps Easter Seals

Hispanic families in the Salisbury area in need of Easter Seals children’s therapy services have better access due to grants received from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The grants, totaling $12,500, were used to hire a translator for therapists. Pictured, from left, are Doug Wilson, President, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; … Continue reading

School Energy Initiative Saved County $100K

BERLIN — An energy efficiency incentive program saved roughly $100,000 across Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) last year. The incentive program offered schools funding as a reward for reducing a building’s energy output. Of the 14 WCPS, 10 were able to reduce their energy usage enough to qualify for the incentives. Chief Financial Officer Vincent Tolbert briefed the Board of … Continue reading

Judge Denies Legal Fee ‘Shifting’ In Hudson Case

BERLIN — Opining it was not a “frivolous” suit, a federal judge this week denied an attempt by a Berlin farm family and Perdue to recover roughly $3 million in attorney fees spent on successfully defending them against an alleged Clean Water Act violation. U.S. District Court Judge William Nickerson on Tuesday pointed out the case did not appear to … Continue reading

Recovered Shipwreck Found In Assateague Surf; Officials Report It’s Discovered ‘On A Regular Basis’

ASSATEAGUE — Some visitors to Assateague this week were treated to a rare opportunity this week when the remains of an unknown shipwreck were uncovered in the surf in the Over-sand Vehicle (OSV) area. Hundreds of shipwrecks have been researched and identified over the years off the coast of Assateague as well as the Maryland and Virginia coasts and remains … Continue reading

55th Annual Labor Day Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 55th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament officially got underway today with the first of three official fishing days. While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 53rd Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament, which gets underway next weekend, trumps all others … Continue reading