Ocean City Capital Plan Hits High Note for Music Pier

first_imgA Disney concert performed by the Ocean City Pops and professional singers will add to family fun in “America’s Greatest Family Resort” July 8. Pictured is Regan DeVlieger. By Maddy VitaleThe grande dame of the Boardwalk — the Music Pier, will get some needed repairs to spruce up the 90-year-old iconic symbol of Ocean City, as well as upgrades to the sound and lighting systems in the city’s capital plan for 2018.“Just like the Boardwalk, the Music Pier is part of what defines Ocean City,” Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said Monday. “It’s important to maintain these public resources.”City Council detailed at a Jan. 25 meeting the capital plan, which includes a multi-year $2.65 million in improvements and repairs to the Music Pier. The Council is expected to approve the plan next month. After that, contracts would need to be awarded in order for the work to begin on the pier.Councilwoman Karen Bergman said during the council meeting, that she supports the investment in the Music Pier to turn the building into a “state-of-the-art facility” that would allow the city to attract more visitors. She also noted that the quality of the shows at the pier continues to go up.The capital plan proposes to spend $500,000 each year, from 2019 through 2022, for Gibson Report structural improvements on the Music Pier, totaling $2 million.“The Gibson Report points out the need for repairs to the roof, floor and substructure of the Music Pier,” Bergen explained. “The building is about 90 years old and is pretty well exposed to the elements. The 5-year capital plan accounts for this routine maintenance.”Bergen also noted that the Music Pier is not in any need of emergency repairs, which is why the work can be rolled into the multi-year plan.The historic Music Pier on the Boardwalk is resplendent in holiday decorations every year.In addition to the structural repairs, the city plans to spend $100,000 for the sound system in 2019 and again in 2020. In 2021, the city will spend $125,000 on the sound system and in 2019 stage lighting will get a $200,000 upgrade.“The two line items for sound system and stage lighting are designed for cost savings, as well as improvements,” Bergen said. “Every year, the city incurs rental and labor costs for a variety of different sound and light setups.”The new systems will be able to accommodate most acts, Bergen said.“There are also new FCC requirements for wireless sound frequencies used by performance venues,” he added.Other improvements include $75,000 to be spent in 2019 on the public restrooms at the Music Pier, as well as $50,000 for window tinting, also in 2019.The Music Pier is the hub of the city’s entertainment and concert scene, where many special events are held throughout the year. From beauty pageants, to concerts, the venue is packed with activities for tourists and residents to enjoy, officials say. The lineup for this summer includes performances by Aimee Mann, The Hooters, The Beach Boys, America and Get the Led Out.The improvements will follow $150,000 invested in the building last year for large video screens for spectators to get a better view of performances. This was done with donations by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops.Hope Aita is applauded in 2017 by spectators as she walks down the runway at the Music Pier, in a pageant, one of many fun events at the iconic building.last_img read more

H5N1 strikes poultry in India again

first_imgJan 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A state agriculture minister in India today confirmed that a disease outbreak involving 35,000 recent poultry deaths in West Bengal state was caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus.Anisur Rahaman, West Bengal’s minister for animal resources, told Reuters, “The outbreak is of the deadly H5N1 strain and it has been confirmed to us in a central government notification today.”Over the past few weeks, large numbers of chicken and other poultry deaths have been reported in and around the village of Margram in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, according to the Reuters report. Rahaman told the news service that a second outbreak was detected in West Bengal’s South Dinajpur district but said the sites are not adjacent.Naresh Dayal, India’s health secretary, told Reuters that medical teams have been dispatched to the area, that residents would be monitored for flulike symptoms, and that the government had adequate stockpiles of the antiviral drug osteltamivir.Officials said culling operations affecting about 400,000 birds within a 3-kilometer radius of the outbreak areas would begin tomorrow, Reuters reported.Authorities have sealed off one stretch of West Bengal’s border with Bangladesh, according to Reuters. Bangladesh is also battling H5N1 outbreaks.India’s last H5N1 outbreak in poultry occurred in July 2007 among chickens at a poultry farm in the country’s remote northeastern state of Manipur, near the border with Myanmar, according to previous reports. India has reported no human H5N1 cases.Meanwhile, animal health officials in Bangladesh said on Jan 13 that the H5N1 virus had struck a poultry farm in the northeast. The outbreak killed 500 chickens at the farm in Moulavibazar district, about 155 miles from Dhaka, the capital, according to a Jan 13 Reuters report. About 800 chickens, ducks, and other birds were culled within 1 kilometer of the outbreak site, the report said.The country’s first H5N1 outbreak was recorded in March 2007, according to previous reports. Since then, outbreaks have occurred mainly around Dhaka and in the north.In Vietnam, government officials announced that the H5N1 virus struck a flock of ducks in Thai Nguyen province in the northern part of the country, according to a Jan 11 Thanh Nien News report. On Jan 3 officials said another outbreak in the same province had also affected a duck flock, according to previous reports.In other developments, animal health experts in England have determined that the H5N1 virus strain that infected three swans at a tourist destination in Dorset County on the country’s southwest coast is similar to one that was confirmed in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Poland in 2007, according to a statement today from Hilary Benn, secretary of the United Kingdom Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).Benn said the H5N1 strain found in the swans is also similar to the one that caused outbreaks in November among turkeys at two Redgrave Farms sites in Suffolk.Animal health officials are conducting further tests on a few more dead mute swans at the Dorset County outbreak site, but so far all have tested negative, the UK Press Association reported on Jan 13.Earlier reports said the three infected swans were tested after they were found dead, but today’s DEFRA statement said reports suggest that two of the swans were still alive when found and were euthanized because they were injured and in poor condition.John Houston, general manager at Abbotsbury Swannery, told the Press Association that the number of dead swans at the site is lower than normal because of warmer-than-usual winter weather.See also:Jul 25, 2007, CIDRAP News story “India finds H5N1 in poultry after 1-year hiatus”Jan 15 DEFRA statementlast_img read more

Developer fast-tracks final release to meet demand from buyers

first_imgA SUCCESSFUL sellout of stage one in just eight weeks has prompted the early release of the final stage of the up-market The Tilbury residential development at Coomera.The $30 million 69-townhome project is being developed by Gold Coast-based Bos Property Group.Project director Steve Harrison attributed The Tilbury’s early success to the elevated nature of the site at 39 Old Coach Rd, plus a stunning recreation club and lap pool overlooking the Gold Coast.“There are very few remaining sites in the growth corridor between Nerang and Ormeau that offer skyline views of the Gold Coast,” he said. “The townhomes are also very reasonably priced from $389,400 and feature quality finishes.” Bos Property Group project has Gold Coast skyline views.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoAll designs have three bedrooms, some with an additional study, and there are two and three-bathroom configurations with a split-level option.Mr Harrison said the majority of buyers were local owner-occupiers but the project had also drawn interest from Sydney and southeast Queensland investors.“When Bos Property Group bought the site in 2011 it had DA approval for 144 retirement units,” he said. “But the group decided to build less than half this amount on up-market townhomes that would all have expansive views of the Gold Coast.” The Tilbury features an 18m resort pool, club lounge, barbecue, entertainment areas and landscaped gardens.It is close to Coomera Marine Precinct, the $1 billion Coomera Town Centre project, M1 Motorway, Coomera train station and the $50 million Coomera Square. Completion is expected in July.last_img read more