OCEAN CITY – City officials gathered this morning with city staff and members of the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) to break ground to begin construction for the new Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) headquarters.
The new three-story building will be located at the corner of Talbot St. and South Philadelphia Ave., which is directly across the street from its existing location. OCBP HQ will represent a traditional Ocean City aesthetic as laid out by the OCDC’s design standards. The new building boasts 10,000 square feet of space and provides facilities for beach patrol vehicle and equipment storage, training, roll call and administrative areas. In addition, the $2 million project holds a multi-purpose training room and an area for the Ocean City Police Department’s (OCPD) Bicycle Unit.
“This building is long overdue,” Director of Emergency Services Joe Theobald said this morning.
The OCBP currently occupies three buildings on Dorchester Street that used to serve as the old home to the OCPD and District Court facilities. In 1993, the buildings were deemed unsuitable for usage, but they continued to be utilized by the seasonal OCBP.
OCBP Captain Butch Arbin came before the crowd announcing a new chapter in OCBP’s 80-year history.