Details on Old Voltaco's Building

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We are just one week away from Memorial Day Weekend, one of the best weekends of the year. Weather permitting. Early reports look good.

Lots to get to today.

In the email today:

📆 Upcoming Events in (and around) Ocean City

Sunday, May 19

  • 🏃 Triathlon-Duathlon | All over town | Details and times here

Friday, May 24

  • 👨‍💼 Unlocking of the Ocean Business Persons Plunge | Moorlyn Terrace Street Beach | 12:00 p.m.

You can see the full list of events in all nearby Shore towns with the following links: Ocean City | Sea Isle | Margate | Avalon | Stone Harbor | Somers Point | Wildwood | Cape May | Ventnor

Also note the Ocean City Library has many events for adults and kids alike on their calendar, which can be viewed here.

🥖 Details on Plans For Old Voltaco’s Location

Some more details on the tasty nugget we brought you last week— the sale of the old Voltaco’s building.

It was purchased by Bill Patroni, who plans to turn it into an Italian takeout eatery.

Philly Business Journal (paywall) spoke to Patroni. He said he wants to be open by June 15(!).

Despite our conjecture that they hired a chef from Hula Grill, there remains a job posting to be the head chef here— 50-70 hours per week, $28 per hour.

Patroni said his new eatery will be as similar to Voltaco's as possible. He is looking to build upon the successful local business that the Taccarino family created over seven decades.

"Hopefully we can – it seems daunting – continue this tradition for years to come," he said.

Patroni's will offer the same type of food as Voltaco's with "a little twist here and there," Patroni said. Its menu will include cheesesteaks, sandwiches, pasta and pizza.

Philly Business Journal

Filling Voltaco’s shoes by turning an empty building with no chef into a contender in under 30 days is a daunting task— like Kyle Neptune taking over for former Night in Venice Grand Marshal Jay Wright.

🛥️ Marty Smith to Serve as Night in Venice Grand Marshal

Speaking of Night in Venice Grand Marshals…

The 2024 Grand Marshal will be ESPN reporter Marty Smith, who spends his summers in Ocean City despite living in North Carolina. He married 1995 Ocean City grad and former Miss Night in Venice Lainie (Cocozza).

As you know, the theme of the parade this year will be Summertime Vibes: A Tribute To Jimmy Buffett.

Smith had a day yesterday— as he was boots on the ground and the first reporter to get comment from golfer Scottie Scheffler after his questionable arrest.

The comment? “Love you, Marty”.

He has great hair.

🍬 Douglass Candies (Soft) Opening This Weekend

Douglass Candies (or Fudge), the famed Stone Harbor and Wildwood haunt, is opening on the Boardwalk this summer.

They will hold their soft opening this weekend, and their GRAND OPENING on Thursday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

What to expect, per their Facebook page:

Giveaways for the kids

Samples of our delicious treats

A visit from Charlie the Douglass Scotty

A special guest to showcase our new store! Stay tuned for more details!

Just in case you were having trouble finding candy on the Boardwalk.*

*I’m kidding, of course— Douglass is a great spot and we welcome them.

🚧 Construction Update

Per the mayor:

Work crews started milling and paving West Avenue from 18th Street to 26th Street today, and they will return on Monday to finish the job. Milling and paving of West Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. On Central Avenue from 28th Street to 34th Street, crews are finishing concrete work on curbs and sidewalks, and temporary repaving of the drive lanes is now scheduled for the week after Memorial Day.

Mayor Gillian

🏖️ Beach Tag Discounts End Soon

Remember, you can save $5 on season beach tags through May 31. Get them here.

⛳️ Video: Sandcastle Putt Club

Lest we haven’t brought you enough coverage, we got some on-the-ground video of the new Sandcastle Putt Club on 34th Street. Water features galore!

Hours are now posted on their website.

🛟 OCBP Lifeguard Tryouts

Are you young, strong, and good looking? Well, do I have the job for you!

OCBP Lifeguard tryouts are on June 1 for those 16 and older.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • 500-meter box swim for time

  • 500-meter box paddle for time

  • 1/2-mile beach run under 3:45

  • 500-meter erg for time

  • Surf Dash (short sprint from beach to stomach-deep water and back) for time

  • Interview

I’m tired just copying and pasting that!

Full details on tryouts here.

Thanks! Enjoy the weekend.

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