Federal agents announced this week that they've busted a massive cigarette smuggling ring, one that may have been funding terrorist groups. We'll talk about that sting operation in our monthly conversation with Steve Green of the Maryland Coast Dispatch. We'll also hear about the restraining order against Ocean City Manager David Recor, who has been accused by his wife of domestic violence.
In part three of our series on bullying, we'll talk with school officials in two local districts. Teachers and guidance counselors say there's increasingly an awareness of the damage bullying can do to students. But with much of that harassment now happening online and at home, it can be difficult to determine who's responsible for confronting the problem. We'll talk with officials in Worcester and Wicomico County.
Residents at the Ocean Place Condominiums in uptown Ocean City are locked in a battle with elected officials over a move to put paid parking near their homes. We talked about the issue several weeks ago with Mayor Rick Meehan; today, we'll get a resident's perspective. Then, we'll look at the growing number of national chains that are cropping up in the resort and surrounding communities. The latest addition is Ron John Surf Shop, which will soon compete with local surf stores in Ocean City. Bryan Russo talks with local business owners and the head of economic development for Worcester County about the changing business landscape on the coast.
Delaware is getting up to $30 million to repair damage caused by Super Storm Sandy last fall. And while most people agree this replenishment is needed to protect the coastline and the residents who live on it, some observers worry about the impact these projects could have on tourism. We'll talk about the upcoming project with Stephen Rochette of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.
Ocean City officials are now weighing changes to their plan to scale back the hours of the Ocean Bowl Skate Park. That proposal prompted an outcry from members of the skating community, who circulated a petition protesting the idea. Bryan Russo talks with a teen who worked on that petition, and with Ocean City Council Member Joe Mitrecic.
A few years ago, Steve Elkins was working to get civil unions approved in Delaware. Now, Elkins, the executive director of the Camp Rehoboth gay and lesbian community center in Rehoboth Beach, is celebrating the passage of a same-sex marriage bill. We'll talk with Elkins about what it was like to be on the floor of the legislature as that measure passed. Then, we'll switch gears and continue our series on bullying. Bryan Russo talks with Julie Hertzog, director of the National Bullying Prevention Center, about how different states are addressing this problem.