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Big Plans & Big Business Underway After Holiday In OC

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – For most beaches across Delmarva, Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of their busiest season.

In Ocean City, leaders hope new changes now underway could be game changers for business and the town's reputation. To start, the town's new marketing plan for the summer 2014 season, "Vacation Days."

"It has now been seen all over the Mid-Atlantic area on television, it talks about how people have put off their vacation days for what they are really intended to be used for," says Rick Meehan, mayor of Ocean City. "They're supposed to be used to go on vacation, not to go to a doctor's appointment, not to renew your driver's license. We want to remind people, use your vacation days for what they're intended to be used for and that's a trip to Ocean City."

"It's pretty clean, it's inventive, it's not obnoxious," says Blair Rhodes, owner of Chauncey's Surf Shop.

The "Vacation Days" plan, coupled with "no profanity please" signs along with boardwalk, and plans underway for restricted smoking areas in 2015 are all a part of the town's goal to hold down their family friendly atmosphere.

"We want to make sure everybody knows they're welcome, but when they come to Ocean City we have rules and we have laws and we want them to obey the laws and be courteous to others," says Mayor Meehan. "That doesn't go without challenges."

Despite recent statistics that show crime is going down in Ocean City, some challenges did come last summer. This includes two stabbings, a shooting, and a plane crash that killed two Ocean City police officers. In April, a report named the town "most dangerous" in all of Maryland.

"I think everybody recognized there was something wrong with those figures so I think we passed that," says Mayor Meehan.

According to some businesses, so far, it seems vacationers are passed it too.

"The crowds were here, business is great," says Rhodes. "Last year after Hurricane Sandy, people said it's going to be all New Jersey all New York or whatever. This Memorial Day weekend there was more New York and New Jersey than ever in this town."

"It's been the busiest Memorial Day weekend we've ever had, it's unbelievable" says Lynnette Newberry, manager at Fager's Island. "If this is any indication we have a really good summer ahead of us."

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