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Sunny season draws to a close in Ocean City

Sunny season draws to a close in Ocean City

Dumser's soft ice cream cones were still twirled perilously high, Thrashers' french fries were still doused in vinegar, and the surf was clear and cold as ever, but there were signs of change in Ocean City this summer.

In some cases, literally: Town officials posted signs along the boardwalk asking visitors to refrain from using profanity.

It was an unusual move in an interesting season at Maryland's most popular resort town. The planning board discussed curtailing weekly rentals in some neighborhoods but ultimately rejected the idea. The owner of Ocean Gallery — a local landmark marked by layers of hand-scrawled...