OCEAN CITY — With a nod to its storied past and the promise of a bright future, the Ocean City Beach Patrol and city officials cut the ribbon on the department’s brand new headquarters on the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Talbot Street on Tuesday morning.
The new 10,000-square-foot, three-story building replaces the patrol’s former cramped and aging headquarters nearby on Dorchester Street, which for decades housed the old Ocean City jail among other uses. While it is now the official headquarters for the Ocean City Beach Patrol, there is also space dedicated to the Ocean City Police bicycle units and other needs for the OCPD in the downtown area.
Groundbreaking on the $2 million building took place last September with a targeted opening date before this summer season. However, while it came in on budget, the project did run late into mid-July. All agreed on Tuesday it was worth the wait as they cut the ribbon and entered the new state-of-the-art facility for the first time for many.