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By Bryan Russo

Today is the last day of summer and in Ocean City officials are saying they had a successful summer season, even in the midst of an economic downturn.

Heading into the summer season, Ocean City officials were cautiously optimistic that they had a plan in place to ensure that the summer of 2010 was going to be a good one.

That plan was an aggressive advertising campaign that pushed the resort as a value destination for families in search of fun.

Now, as Sunfest weekend approaches, businesses and town officials are all saying that the summer was better than last year and better than they expected.

"I’ve heard so many people in all kinds of businesses tell me that they were up, and they were up like my buddy who has a water sports place, he was up in double digits. So I feel really good about this summer," city councilwoman Mary Knight says.

Tax revenue numbers for August are still pending, but they are projected to mirror July’s numbers, which were up almost 10 percent.

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