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Ocean City makes updates for beach visitors

OCEAN CITY — Travelers who are beach bound for the Memorial Day weekend may notice some improvements in Ocean City.

Engineers have completed a $9 million beach replenishment effort to pump 900,000 cubic yards of new sand onto Ocean City’s beaches. Officials say visitors may notice the change most around 81st Street. The city dredges up sand about every four years.

A longtime fixture, the Phillips Beach Plaza Hotel, with its familiar rocking chairs, has gotten a facelift. The Victorian decor was updated and bigger windows added. They hotel also replaced the Phillips by the Sea restaurant with a new eatery featuring Latin and Asian small plates.

Jim Waggoner of Long and Foster realty says bookings for resort rentals are up 11 percent over last year in Ocean City and the Delaware beaches.

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