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Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters (Photo:WBOC) Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters (Photo:WBOC)
Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters (Photo:WBOC) Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters (Photo:WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The new Ocean City Beach Patrol headquarters will be fully opened by mid-June, officials for the Maryland beach resort town said.

The OCBP headquarters were originally slated to be open by Memorial Day weekend. However, the winter weather has pushed the date back to June 8, City Engineer Terry McGean said.

“We are working now to make up lost time,” he said.

OCBP Lt. Ward Kovacs said this new facility has been in the planning stages for a long time, and it finally went through with unanimous approval from the Ocean City Council.

“This is really exciting for the Beach Patrol in its 85-year history,” Kovacs said. “It's been a really fun process getting involved and trying to determine how things would best flow in the building.”

Kovacs said this new facility is built around the needs of the organization, unlike the previous building.

The building the OCBP presently uses was given to the organization after the town's new public safety building was built on 65th Street in 1993. This allowed the OCBP to move into the old building, which was occupied by the courts and police department at the time, Kovacs said.

“The building didn't flow ideally, but we adapted,” Kovacs said.

OCBP officials said they are hoping to move into the new building in the middle of June. In the meantime, the equipment that is stored in the current building, including rescue buoys, uniforms and jet skis, will be issued to the lifeguards and the different satellite buildings.

According to Kovacs, the organization will move into the new building and spend the summer determining where shelving is needed and where equipment will be stored. He said that at the end of the summer, all the equipment will transferred to the new facility.

Kovacs said the funding for the new building was a combined effort from the Town of Ocean City, which put out a bond. In addition, the Ocean City Development Corporation contributed money from revenues collected from the inlet parking lot. There was also a land swap between the Town of Ocean City and OCDC to acquire the property, Kovacs said.

“Down the road, we are hoping there will be a nice development across the street where our old buildings were,” Kovacs said.

OCBP officials said the season gets under way two weeks before Memorial Day. The week before Memorial Day marks the start of the first training academy for new lifeguards and other staffers. 

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