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Ferris wheel reopens in Ocean City after zoning violation

OCEAN CITY — The Ferris wheel at a historic amusement park on the Ocean City, Maryland, boardwalk has reopened following a zoning violation.

Trimper’s Rides said on June 9 that it would move the ride after a surveyor contracted by the company found that the Ferris wheel overhung town property by at least 10 feet (3 meters), the Salisbury Daily Times reported.

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When company president Antoinette Bruno confirmed that the ride would be dismantled and relocated, she said it wouldn’t operate this summer. But Trimper’s Rides said “It’s baaaaack!!” in a Facebook post on Saturday with an accompanying photo of its 149-foot-tall (45-meter-tall) Ferris wheel.

The Ocean City town council said at its meeting on June 7 that the company would continue to be penalized with fines if it didn’t move the ride.

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Bruno told the council that the ride’s placement was the result of human error. She estimated that moving the Ferris wheel and other rides could cost more than $100,000 — an expense she said the company couldn’t afford.

Trimper’s Rides received multiple fines from Ocean City before the ride was removed from town property, according to the Daily Times.

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