By DONALD WITTKOWSKIDon’t hog the beach.Ocean City is making that point clear through a new set of regulations to prevent beach vendors that rent out lounge chairs and umbrellas from dominating large swaths of the shoreline.“The amended beach ordinance was drafted in consultation with existing beach vendors to avoid some of the issues we experienced last summer and to address other ongoing issues,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said.Last summer, the city saw one vendor, Frenchy’s, take over a section of the popular Ninth Street beach next to the Music Pier with its bright yellow lounge chairs and red-and-yellow umbrellas.Frenchy’s, a French fries business on the Boardwalk, later reached an agreement to lease the concession service to another company after negotiations with the city. The lease included terms that prevented the new vendor, Swift Beach Services, from setting up chairs and umbrellas before they were rented – a move that freed up a big part of the beach for the public.“I want to thank the owners of both companies for agreeing to these terms at the request of the city, and I want everybody to know that the city will do whatever it takes to preserve public access to the beach on behalf of every resident, guest and business in town,” Mayor Jay Gillian said last summer while announcing the deal. The new beach regulations for this summer, adopted by City Council on April 23, spell out in great detail the rules that vendors must follow while renting out umbrellas, chairs and boogie boards.Council President Peter Madden said in an interview Friday that the regulations are designed to make sure that vendors and everyone else on the beach “are comfortable” with each other while sharing the sand.“It’s to avoid what we experienced last year,” Madden said, echoing Bergen’s comments about vendors taking up too much space on the beaches.This summer, beach vendors will not be allowed to set up umbrellas and empty chairs ahead of time, unless they are pre-paid.The regulations specify where the vendors may set up, how long they are allowed to be there and how they can advertise themselves, along with myriad other requirements “to maintain an open accessway along the beach.”“The rental of beach chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards on the beach is a service which benefits many beachgoers and which, if conducted in an orderly manner, can be a benefit to the city’s residents, property owners and visitors,” the regulations say.In short, the regulations stress that rental umbrellas or chairs will not be allowed to “impede public use of the beach nor access to the ocean.”They also “shall not obstruct any beach access path nor the emergency access corridor/trough which is parallel to and adjacent to the Boardwalk,” according to an excerpt from the regulations.Hoping to avoid a repeat of last summer, the regulations also prevent vendors from setting up chairs and umbrellas before beachgoers arrive, unless they are pre-paid.The city received complaints last summer after Frenchy’s set up umbrellas and empty lounge chairs ahead of time, occupying a large section of the beach next to the Music Pier.One of the requirements states that vendors “shall use their best efforts to avoid setting up chairs too close to others on the beach.” That regulation seems particularly timely with the social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.Another requirement calls for umbrellas to be anchored or tethered in the sand to prevent them from blowing down the beach and possibly injuring someone.“All persons renting and using beach umbrellas shall be mindful of weather conditions including, but not limited to, wind velocity and wind direction, and shall take umbrellas down when conditions warrant so as to prevent injuries from windswept umbrellas,” according to the regulations.Bergen, the city spokesman, said he was not aware of any serious beach injuries in recent years in Ocean City caused by wind-blown umbrellas.“It’s not at all uncommon for the wind to send umbrellas tumbling down the beach. I don’t know of any serious injuries in recent years, but the ordinance applies to everybody and is designed to prevent them,” he said. Frenchy’s umbrella and lounge chair rentals occupied a prime piece of real estate on the Ninth Street beach last summer.
Imam had served in the House of Representatives since 2009 and was a member of the Commission IX overseeing health care and manpower.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, a senior PDI-P politician, heard the news on Friday while attending the funeral of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s mother in Surakarta, also in Central Java.“I ordered Central Java Health Office head Yulianto Prabowo to monitor Imam’s condition when I heard the news,” Ganjar said, adding that he considered Imam to be generous and humorous.Another lawmaker, Imran of the Gerindra Party, also passed away on Friday at midnight. The 68-year-old politician died at Bahteramas General Hospital in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, as reported by Antara news agency.Like Imam, his cause of death was not clear. However, reports from local outlets said that Imran die not die of COVID-19. (mfp) House of Representatives member Imam Suroso of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) passed away on Friday while being monitored for COVID-19.Imam, 56, died at Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Central Java. He was immediately buried in his hometown of Pati, Central Java, on the same day.His cause of death was not reported, but Imam had been officially declared a “patient under surveillance” for COVID-19. Topics : Imam had had a fever since March 18, according to PDI-P secretary at the House Bambang Wuryanto.Imam participated in social activities, including gymnastics with residents of Saliyan village in Pati, and handed out masks and hand sanitizers at a local market on March 20.Read also: House postpones COVID-19 rapid testing for lawmakersHe started having breathing troubles the next day and was taken to Kariadi Hospital.
Statewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 755 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday. A total of 106,540 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,247,293 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.5% positive rate and 2 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,215 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 608 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 6 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 446 positive cases and 38 deaths (up 4 new cases), Franklin County has 288 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 1 new case), and Ripley County has 267 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 2 new cases). Locally, this is an increase of 13 new positive cases.