New Officers at the Helm of OCHMRA

Approximately 230 OCHMRA members gathered for the annual installation of officers and board directors at Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Will Lynch of the Commander Hotel was installed as the new president, Gary Figgs of Seacrets was installed as 1st vice president, and Tom Tawney of Cayman Suites will serve as the 2nd vice president. Shawn Harman of Fishtales/Bahia Marina continues as secretary-treasurer.
The three-year-term board directors include Ryan Wilde of BEST Motels, Spencer Byrd of Courtyard by Marriott, and Dave Robinson of Boardwalk Hotel Group. Two-year directors include Danelle Amos of the Beach Walk Hotel, Karen Tomasello of Sello’s Italian Oven, and Steve “Chief” Hoffman of 28th St. Pit-n-Pub. One-year directors are Spiro Buas of OCRooms, Rebecca Taylor of Captain’s Table, and Patrick Staib of Harrison Group.
Outgoing president Mark Elman, of the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel, was presented with a plaque in appreciation of his hard work and dedication as HMRA president. Caryl Cardenas of Park Place Hotel and Brian Mushrush, formerly of Phillips, received certificates of appreciation for their service to the board. The evening’s festivities also featured the presentation of the Bank of Ocean City Tres Lynch Scholarship to Wor-Wic Culinary HRM student Jason Nestor.

OC Inaugural Film Festival
Long known for t-shirts and taffy, Ocean City is now offering a welcome addition to cater to cultural arts visitors. Over the winter, the Art League of Ocean City partnered with a local student who will be graduating from Towson University’s communications program. Together, they have developed the inaugural OC Film Festival. This four-day event is slated for June 8 through 11, and it already has over 700 entries!  Four locations around town will host the films. For complete info, check out viewing options at

A place to please every palate
Several new restaurants are opening this summer, and — with some of the best memories made over a meal — make sure you plan your trip to the beach. Rare & Rye, a whiskey and wine bar with a unique menu, opened its doors on May 12. Buxy’s Salty Dog proprietor, Doug Buxbaum, is opening a fast-casual spot next door called Dry Dock 28. Over the winter, the 28th Street Pit-n-Pub expanded with a second location, Northside Pit-n-Pub, in the north end of OC. Another expansion comes from the guys at Tequila Mockingbird. They are opening a second spot in West OC. Lots of mouth-watering local seafood comes straight from the boats to the plate, and, with a delightfully diverse cuisine, there are oodles of options to please your palette. Check out the dining options at www.ocvisitor.


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