By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun
3:40 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Ocean City’s fishing pier officially opened Friday as the Maryland resort town signaled it is ready for summer visitors.
During last fall’s storm, about 100 feet of the pier collapsed into the surging sea. The damage was featured prominently in news coverage of the storm.
But at Friday’s rededication, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said the town had put all of that behind it. He said the re-opening the pier let’s visitors know that “it’s business as usual in Ocean City.”
The pier was originally built in 1907 and has been rebuilt many times since then. Although it now spans 489 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, the pier was once as long as 700 feet and included a dance hall.
The owners of Jolly Roger amusement park are the current holders of the franchise for the pier and have been since 1975.
“The pier has a very special place in the heart of Ocean City,” said Charles “Buddy” Jenkins, who owns Jolly Roger park. “It has watched over the town for the last century and has seen Ocean City become the wonderful family beach resort that it is today.”
Jenkins said he hopes the pier “brings good luck to all who cast a line this summer and into the future.”
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