Sandcastle Putt Club Opens on 34th Street

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Summer is so, so close. I can almost taste the 54-minute wait for seafood takeout.

Lots to get to today.

In the email today:

📆 Upcoming Events in (and around) Ocean City

Saturday, May 11

  • 🏎️ Roadster Rally | Boardwalk | Details and times here

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.

⛳️ Sandcastle Putt Club Set To Open This Weekend

We’ve covered the opening of this thing like the refurbishment of the Louvre, but the time has come: the new mini golf course on 34th Street will open this week (no times disclosed).

The project is backed by the O’Hara family. Last year we wrote how some residents were less-than-thrilled with the prospect of a roadway-clogging attraction at the center of town… but the O’Haras told us that they expect this to be more of a walking and biking attraction for locals than a destination for visitors who would otherwise go to the Boardwalk.

They are also hiring.

My take: I’m a big 34th Street guy. Feel like the area needs more, especially with the closure of the ice cream and flower shop. Grew up vacationing on 31st Street and always loved the nearby Aquaport arcade (respect). Based on the pictures, the mini golf course looks well-executed and like it will fit in perfectly on the relatively small plot of land. Good little attraction.

🥖 The Voltaco’s Building Sold

Some interesting news here. The building formerly home to Voltaco’s sold this week. It was listed for $1.1 million.

Now, this cryptic Facebook post from the transacting realtor has some speculating about what might replace the famed restaurant.

Here’s what we’re hearing (take this with the tinest grain of salt, for flavor): It was sold to a family with an Italian-sounding name and they plan to turn it into a takeout restaurant. We’re told they hired a chef from Hula Grill (which Walking The Boards loves). We’ll try our best to sniff out some more info for next week, much the same way you sniff the go-kart fumes while dining at Hula.

🚮 This New Trash Can Valet Service Speaks To Me

Long time readers of the newsletter will know I’m a real germaphobe and hate with a passionate P the process of taking out and bringing in the trash cans, so this trash can valet service speaks to me… even if my wife said no.

Tired of always dragging your empty trash and recycling bins back to your house?  Are you not home to bring them back in on trash days?

CAN-IT has you covered.  Our valet service takes care of the task by providing you a hassle-free experience of hauling in your empty cans for you.

CAN-IT not only eliminates unsightly clutter in your neighborhood but also prevents potential safety hazards caused by empty trash cans obstructing sidewalks, streets, or parking spots. You can now rely on CAN-IT to clean up and put back your empty bins in an efficient manner.  

CAN-IT

It’s only $100 for the summer. Great for second-home owners who aren’t always there to take in their cans… or lazy, germaphobic newsletter writers who don’t want to walk 18 feet from the curb to their garage. Check it out here.

Remember, Ocean City also allows you to drop off trash at the Shelter Road Recycling Center on Sundays.

🏦 Ocean City 2024 Budget Approved

If you are so inclined, you can take a look at the now-approved 2024 Ocean City budget right here.

Fun fact: $4 million from parking meters and $5.8 million from beach tags.

Meanwhile, the municipal election is this Thursday. Details on where and how to vote here.

🚧 Construction Updates

Mayor Gillian detailed some local construction projects and their timelines:

  • New Jersey American Water will continue the final phase of its emergency sewer repair between 14th Street and 16th Street next week. This major project remains on schedule to be complete before Memorial Day, weather permitting.

  • NJAW recently completed upgrades to its utility lines under Central Avenue from 28th Street to 34th Street. Their contractor will temporarily repave the travel lanes of the roadway before Memorial Day. Final concrete work and final paving from curb to curb will take place in the fall as part of a city project that includes many other nearby streets.

  • Atlantic City Electric will be repairing two street lights at the corner of Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue beginning on Monday. The work will require concrete work to the curb and sidewalk, but we do not anticipate a street closing. 

🦀 Dockside Kitchen Open For Mother’s Day Weekend Brunches

Dockside is open for brunch this weekend, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days.

Big Dockside Kitchen guy here. You can join their dinner club and “byo” — one of the few places on the island you can do this.

This is not an ad. And just to prove to you it’s not an ad, I’ll remark that while their food is usually very good, they would be aided by the presence of a consistent on-premises manager to keep things running smoothly (could say the same for their sister restaurant, Sandhouse).

Anyway, got my dinner club membership and about 400 bottles of Rosé for this summer. LFG.

🩳 Leiki Boardshort Co. Is Back and They’re Hiring

Leiki Boardshort Co. took a year off and came back with new owners. I’ll let their Facebook post explain it to you:

Dear Leiki Friends, Family & Supporters,

Yesterday, we opened our doors again after a year of shutting down for a major refresh.

To catch you up to speed, last year the totally rad founders of Leiki felt that it was time to pass the torch. They felt that their purpose was to bring Leiki into existence and someone else was to usher it into the next season of it’s life.

We (The Sciarretta Family) received the absolute honor and privilege to carry the torch, and we did not take it lightly. Our goal was and always will be to honor our founders and this rebrand aims to do just that.

Our founders are a surf tribe. We too are a surf tribe. This brand is for them. It’s for us. It’s for you. It’s dedicated to the Worldwide surf tribe and every small surf tribe inside.

We know that it is a huge change. You might see it and think it’s not the same Leiki... and it’s not. But the soul of it is and will always be.

I hope we continue to earn your support as we aim to create the highest quality boardshorts and surfwear on the market.

Click our link bio to see our brand new website, where you can get our legacy boardshorts starting at $25 PLUS 20% and free shipping over $75!

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