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Memorial Day Goal for OC Pier Construction

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Pier's franchise operator told WBOC that Memorial Day is goal date for having the pier ready to be opened back up to the public.

In just over five months, the rebuilding progress of the Ocean City pier has come a long way and it has Ocean City natives anxious to have it back open.

"People go up there all the time. I mean there is a little shop I always go up and get frozen bananas at in the summer time.  But I miss it.  I am ready for them to fix it up," said Chelsea Defelice of Ocean City.

When Hurricane Sandy hit Delmarva, about 100 feet of the pier was snapped off during the storm and drifted out to sea.  The plan is to return the pier to its pre-storm length.

"I was watching the videos the whole time during the hurricane.  It was sad.  You know, it is a big part of Ocean City.  But hopefully they will be getting it up by Memorial Day so I am really excited," said Defelice.

The pier's franchise operator, Buddy Jenkins, told WBOC that Memorial Day, or shortly thereafter was the target date to open the pier.  It has fisherman excited to cast off from the iconic spot.

"When the fish are running, it's excellent," said Barry Youngbar from Baltimore.

Currently new deck boards and being laid down and the railings are being replaced prior to it's re-open this summer.

"Even if I am not fishing, it is just nice to walk along in the evening and go out and look over the ocean," said Youngbar.

For some in Ocean City, Memorial Day can't come soon enough.

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