Observing Beach Rules, Both Official and “Unwritten” Benefit EverybodyIt’s that time of year again!As you are reading this, hundreds of thousands of visitors are driving into Ocean City to enjoy the ambiance of America’s Favorite Family Resort.With great weather predicted – at least for part of the weekend – that means our beaches will be crowded with visitors and locals. We are all here for the same reason: we love Ocean City. And there’s a reason our beaches were voted Numero Uno by Coastal Living magazine…they’re the best!In order for us all to enjoy the weekend and these great beaches, the City has posted its official beach rules, like not feeding the seagulls, not blasting music and staying off the dunes. But in keeping with Memorial Day’s status as the unofficial start of summer, there are also some unwritten or unofficial rules. If we all practice common sense and consider the other person, “a day at the beach” will continue to be synonymous with fun.While working on this story, we stumbled upon some of OCBP finest. They decided to get together for a game of Manhunt. A fun way to kick-off the summer of 2017. Some of the guards pictured are: Conor Plasha, Sam Newnam, Cory Raab, Evan Oliva, Andrew Gallagher, John Oves, Kyla Sultzer, and Ryan NoseworthyDuring a pre-weekend tour of the beach and boardwalk, a few of the 2017 Ocean City Beach Patrol members contributed some of their own unwritten rules.As a public service, we present a few of the key official and unofficial rules of the beach:Some official rules:No ball playing: an errant toss could wreak havoc on your beach neighbor’s lunch, umbrella, or desire to catch a snoozeTake the boom out of your speakers. Doesn’t matter if you are into Toby Keith or Dr. Dre, don’t assume others around you share your love of that type of music and lower the volume to keep it local to your area. Same goes for Phillies games. You could be sitting next to a fan of real major league caliber baseball.No smoking. Ocean City beaches are smoke-free and nobody wants to inhale your second-hand smoke or look at a filter tip sticking out of the sand.Stay off the dunes. This is a biggie. Dune grass is fragile and vital to keeping our dunes –the last line of defense against beach erosion – viable.Stay off the jetties. Those jagged rocks hurt if you slip and fall, and a tumble into the ocean from a jetty is extremely dangerous.No dogs on beach. Our four-legged friends don’t always understand boundaries.Do not feed the Seagulls – You are not the Seagull Whisperer. They will poop-on and attack you when you run out of food. If they do not, the other beach goers will.Some unofficial rules:Be careful with the sand. Running around near other peoples’ blankets and beach chairs kicks up sand. When it’s time to leave, don’t shake out your towels umbrellas or blankets around other people.Speaking of beach umbrellas, make sure they are securely anchored. A strong gust of wind can turn your favorite umbrella into a pointy-ended projectileWatch your language. Kids are around and even the adults are here for the salty water, not salty language.Make sure your bathing suit still fits. Not much margin for error with wardrobe malfunctions involving beach attire.Be nice to the beach taggers. These young men and women are collecting the funds that help keep our beaches safe and clean Alcoholic beverages are not legal on the beach. If you insist on dinking anyway, please have the courtesy of using discreet unmarked containers and clean-up your trash. This will not save you from a ticket, but everyone around you will appreciate it.No, they were not drinking on the beach. These ladies set an example for us all. While in town visiting for the week, they spotted bottles left by some inconsiderate beach goers. They took it upon themselves to help keep our beaches beautiful. A special “Thank You” goes out to them for their efforts. Pictured from left to right: Barb Roach, Delanco, NJ ; Linda Campbell, Bethlehem, Pa; Sharon Krebs, Palmerton, Pa ; Susan Grady, Bethlehem, Pa; and Karen Perich, Palmerton, Pa.Unofficial Rules offered by OCBP members Conor Plasha, Sam Newnam, Cory Raab, Evan Olivia, Andrew Gallagher, John Oves, Kyle Sultzer and Ryan Noseworthy:Don’t block the lifeguards’ equipment. It could be needed and needed in a hurryDon’t sit or stand too close to the guards or use the lifeguard stand for shade. This is what beach umbrella sales and rentals are all about, and you might get in the way of an exercise or rescue.If you sit in a guard stand after-hours, please don’t leave your trash there. Would you like it if visitors came into your workplace and left trash behind?Stay clear of surf fishermen and women. Those lines are easy to tangle and those hooks are sharp.Do you have some additional rules that you would our beach goers to keep in mind? If so, visit our Facebook page and share. Ocean City is gearing up for the 2018 summer season to attract beachgoers and other tourists.
Mitch Marner – Toronto Maple LeafsThe Leafs’ leading scorer in each of the past two seasons, Marner is coming off a career-high 94-point campaign. The 22-year-old winger is the first Leaf to reach 90 points since Mats Sundin in 1996-97. That puts him in line for a lucrative new deal.Speculation abounds over how much Marner will seek. Estimates suggest between $8 million to $11 million per season.Complicating issues is the Leafs’ limited salary-cap space. Assuming an $83 million cap for 2019-20, Cap Friendly indicates they have over $74 million invested in 17 players.Unless the Leafs can shed salary before July 1, Marner could become a prime offer-sheet candidate. That explains Toronto’s current efforts to trade Patrick Marleau and Nikita Zaitsev.Brayden Point – Tampa Bay LightningPoint followed up a 32-goal, 66-point sophomore performance last season with a 41-goal, 92-point effort in 2018-19. He tied with Nikita Kucherov for second among Lightning goal scorers and finished third in points.Like Marner, Point has earned a significant raise. And like the Leafs, the Lightning are squeezed for cap room, with over $74 million tied up in 17 players.One advantage for the Bolts is the absence of a state tax in Florida. A contract worth $8.5 million annually would be worth more for Point than it would for Marner in Toronto. Nevertheless, he could become an enticing offer-sheet target if the Lightning fail to free up sufficient cap room by the end of June.Charlie McAvoy – Boston BruinsIn his two NHL seasons, the 21-year-old McAvoy has blossomed into an all-around top-pairing defenseman. He’s the Bruins’ leader in time-on-ice per game, averaging 22:10 in the regular season and 24:24 in the playoffs. He also leads the Bruins in blocked shots with 91 in the regular season and 43 in the postseason.Torey Krug is currently Boston’s highest-paid defenseman at $5.25 million for 2019-20. McAvoy, however, should exceed that amount on his next contract. Teams seeking skilled young defensemen could attempt to woo him with an expensive offer sheet.The Bruins have over $68 million committed to 19 players, with sufficient room to re-sign McAvoy and fellow RFA defenseman Brandon Carlo. Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson – Toronto Maple LeafsWhile they haven’t put up superstar numbers like Marner, both young forwards are coming off seasons worthy of substantial pay raises. Kapanen, 22, tallied 20 goals and 44 points in 78 games, while the 24-year-old Johnsson netted 20 goals and 43 points in 73 contests.Should the Leafs invest heavily in re-signing Marner, they risk losing Kapanen or Johnsson to an offer sheet. It wouldn’t have to be expensive, perhaps between $3.5 million to $4 million annually. Rather than face that risk, the Leafs could trade one of them before the end of June. With the calendar flipped to June, the start of the NHL’s free-agent period is less than four weeks away. This year’s pool of restricted free agent talent is a deep one, containing several players who could become targets for offer sheets.Between now and July 1, Sporting News will break down the NHL’s top free agents. This week, we look at the Atlantic Division.