Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The annual boat parade is set for July 20 this year.
Tuesday, February 19
The annual Night in Venice boat parade will go forward for the 59th time in Ocean City on Saturday, July 20. The optional theme this year will be “The Good Old Summer Time.” The colorful boat parade and decorated home celebration was initiated to commemorate the city’s Diamond Jubilee, or 75th anniversary, in 1954. It was organized by former Public Relations Director Art Watkins and Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Jack Jernee. Watkins, who was a boat tour director, prior to settling in Ocean City, witnessed a semi-religious celebration in Venice, Italy during which residents sailed to a nearby island and had a sociable evening. Night In Venice has remained one of Ocean City’s most popular events. Local historian Fred Miller learned that …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Public Relations Director Mark Soifer offers a tribute to a woman who was vital to many Ocean City events.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, January 7
Volunteers are the glue that holds our special events together. During First Night, for example, more than 80 volunteers work at the various entertainment venues to keep things running smoothly. One of our "Super Volunteers," Susan Canale, a woman who has been invaluable to Ocean City for more than 30 years, passed away on Dec. 23. A long-time resident of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Sue established a residence here in 1987. Immediately, this amazing lady became active in the community, eventually devoting thousands of hours to organizing and directing some of our most important special events. These included Night In Venice, the Baby Parade, the Easter Parade, the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, the Doo Dah Parade and the Trail of Two Cities. …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Duke O' Fluke owner Brook Koeneke considers a lawsuit after the July 28 incident.
Night in Venice, Ocean City's annual boat parade and bayside celebration, soured this year for Capt. Brook Koeneke when a water balloon launched from a massive slingshot bloodied a 78-year-old passenger on his fishing boat. A group of Ocean City neighbors from Delancey Place had chartered Koeneke's Duke O' Fluke pontoon boat, decorated it with a "Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" theme to participate in the parade, and were leaving the Venetian Bayou Lagoon between Bayshore Drive and West 17th Street along the parade route, when the projectiles began to fly from within a row of multimillion-dollar waterfront homes hosting lavish parties. Two water balloons missed, and the third struck John Patrick, a resident of the 200 block of Ocean …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The annual boat parade is a highlight of the summer social scene in Ocean City.
Ocean City's annual Night in Venice decorated boat parade went off at 6 p.m. Saturday evening with about 50 entries making the trip from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, along Ocean City's bayfront, in and out of lagoons along the way, to the end of the parade route at Tennessee Avenue. The end of the parade was cut short by a sudden thunderstorm shortly after 7:30 p.m., and not all boats completed the parade route as they retreated to safe harbor. But the storm was short-lived, and the highlight of Ocean City's summer party scene continue with little interruption. The "Best of Show" winner for the boat parade was a replica of the Battleship New Jersey by the Gifford family. Other results are as follows: COMIC DIVISION Under 25 feet: …
Not all boats reached the end of the parade route.
A brief but powerful thunderstorm on Saturday evening ended Ocean City's annual Night in Venice parade before all boats completed the parade route. The entire lineup of about 50 boats had passed the lagoons at 17th Street by shortly after 7:30 p.m. when a fast-moving storm reached Ocean City. The parade started at 6 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. The storm included heavy rain, lightning and winds strong enough to flatten road signs on the Route 52 causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point. A limited number of homes in Ocean City — including those near 10th Street and Bay Avenue — lost power during the storm. Homes on Sunny Harbor Lagoon and South Harbor Lagoon between 18th and 23rd streets saw only portions of the parade as …
A weekly recap of the past week's news.
This week we saw a visit from Governor Chris Christie, celebrated Night in Venice and watched the beach patrol defend a championship. Here are some highlights from the past week's news: On Monday, we met New Jersey's 2012 Olympians, asked you to test your Olympic knowledge, posted a police activity report, asked you to vote in our Readers' Choice program and reported that newly elected Councilman Michael DeVlieger is inviting constituents to bring photos of damaged roads and potholes to a July 30 meeting. On Tuesday, we listed five things to know about Thursday's City Council agenda, took a look at upcoming entertainment downtown and on the Boardwalk, reported on Governor Chris Christie's visit to Ocean City and saw the city replace the …
Youth sailors participate in a little parade in little boats on Night in Venice weekend.
Twenty two-man youth crews from the Ocean City Yacht Club sailed their Optimist dinghies around the North Point Lagoon as part of the annual Junior Night in Venice celebration on Friday evening. Waterfront residents threw candy sealed in Zip-lock bags to the passing boats. The sailors were ready with nets to catch the treats.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Get ready to have fun at Ocean City's annual summer celebration.
Ocean City's Night in Venice is one of the biggest events of the summer for visitors and the height of the summer social scene for bayside residents. The annual boat parade starts this year at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The lineup of decorated boats will proceed from the base of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge along the bayfront, in and out of lagoons along the way, all the way to Tennessee Avenue (off Bay Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets). For the first time in the 58-year history of the event, there will be no traffic delays due to Ninth Street causeway drawbridge openings. The old drawbridge was demolished and replaced by a fixed span that gives boats 55 feet of vertical clearance. Here are some details on the annual event: Grand …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The event helps raise money for local charities.
Jennie Kerbeck won the title of Miss Night in Venice 2012 by successfully raising the most money for local scholarships. Caroline Bowman was first runner-up, and April Stein was second runner-up. Twelve girls competed for the crown. The public picks the winner by donating to charity at local businesses. They vote by dropping money into donation buckets bearing their favorite candidate's photograph. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City High School After-Prom, the HERO Campaign for designated driving, the Sunshine Foundation and Shore Memorial Hospital nursing scholarships. The winner was crowned Wednesday evening at the Ocean City Music Pier after the contestants rode in convertibles from Fifth Street to 14th Street on the Boardwalk in a 6 p.m…
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The July 28 boat parade will start an hour earlier to take advantage of a higher tide.
Fearing the annual Night in Venice boat parade might end up high and dry in the undredged lagoons of Ocean City, event organizers announced Friday a change in the start time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 28. The event is a week away and includes a procession of decorated boats weaving in and out of Ocean City's bayfront lagoons on a path from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. But many of the shallow lagoons are impassable to boat traffic even at a mid-tide, when the event had been originally scheduled. High tide at the Ninth Street Bridge (near the middle of the parade route) will be at 4:49 p.m. on July 28, and low tide will be at 11:20 p.m. The parade typically lasts about an hour and a half. A similar schedule change …