Work to replace a block of boardwalk in front of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is proceeding more quickly than a similar block-long project last year.City Council on Thursday approved spending $750,000 on a new skateboard park, moved to lease a city-owned property to the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company for $1 a year and approved an agreement to transport dredge spoils to Wildwood, but here are some other items from Thursday’s meeting that might be of interest.Downtown and Boardwalk Budgets: City Council approved the first reading of a $311,448 budget for Ocean City’s three Special Improvement Districts (SIDs). The SIDs include the retail section of the Ocean City Boardwalk, the downtown section of Asbury Avenue and the gateway section of Ninth Street. The budget is funded by assessments on businesses in the districts (based on storefront footage) and by revenue from events. The budget goes to marketing, beautification and promoting special events. Downtown Merchants Association co-chairman Paul Cunningham and Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck reported on plans to build on momentum from 2014. Cunningham said efforts to merge downtown groups into the new Downtown Merchants Association and to create a cohesive branding message in 2014 were successful. Kazmarck said the popular boardwalk theme nights (Family Night, Mummers Night, etc.) will continue and the group will look to expand on a successful season. A second reading and public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Jan. 8. (See Agenda Packet for detail on the budget.)Attics in Ocean City Homes Neighborhood: City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that provides relief for the only single-family neighborhood in Ocean City with a six-foot attic height limit. The proposed measure would allow attic heights of nine feet and eliminate a requirement for a pull-down stair (without affecting overall building height requirements). A second reading is scheduled for Dec. 29. (See Agenda Packet for detail.)Merion Park Utility Poles: Council approved the installation of three new utility poles to support the new pumping station in the drainage project near completion. The new pumps are expected to be installed next week.Leon Costello Contract: City Council voted to award a professional services contract to Leon Costello of Ford, Scott & Associates for municipal auditing services.Project Updates: Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported that the city expects to have more information next week on the schedule for the Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project on the south end of the island. He said the project to replace a block of boardwalk between Sixth and Seventh streets is proceeding more quickly than a similar project last year with pilings already being installed. He said work to repave some streets between Battersea Road and First Street will begin next week.
Total revenues in 2017 increased by 9,5% compared to 2016, and net profit by as much as 20%, according to the financial data of Uniline, the leading Croatian tour operator, and according to the financial report of the first quarter of 2018, it continues a further positive trend of revenue and profitability growth.More than 200 employees earned HRK 2017 million in 375, which is the largest total revenue generated in the company’s 22-year history. The highest growth compared to 2016, of almost 15%, was achieved in the tourism sector thanks to the reorganization of business processes and entry into new non-European markets such as Far East. A significant increase in revenue was also recorded in the car rental and logistics business with a fleet of 1200 vehicles of various categories in 2017, which is 200 vehicles more than in the previous year.”Having in mind the achieved business results in 2017, especially the growth of total revenues of 9,5% and net profit of 20%, we maintain the position of the leading company in the sector of travel agencies and tour operators in Croatia and we are getting closer to the position of leading destination company management in the region ”, said Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board of the tourist company Uniline after the announcement of business results in the past year at a meeting of the Management Board.Business growth in 2017 compared to the previous year was recorded by Uniline’s regional companies in the region – Uniline Celje in Slovenia, Uniline Plus in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Uniline Experience in Serbia, which strengthened Uniline’s position as the leading destination management company in Southeast Europe.New business philosophy – Emotions We Share The realized profit will be largely reinvested in innovative integrated company software in order to raise the harmonized supervision and unified business management and thus the overall quality of company business processes to a new qualitative level, point out Uniline. “Investments in further development of new selective tourism products and services, both for the wider market and for specialized market niches, and investments in staff development through education and new employment are the main development priorities in 2018. As for the sustainable environment, the first concrete steps are made by introducing hybrid cars as an integral part of the company’s existing fleet of vehicles ” stand out from Uniline.The company marked the move to a new business headquarters in Pula by promoting a new vision, mission and brand idea. With the new vision, Uniline positions itself as a leading content travel company in designing and offering innovative experiences in Southeast Europe, achieving this as part of its mission in synergy with clients and partners in a sustainable environment, with a source of emotions and emotional tourism. Share ”. “Everything stems from a new environment in which modern 21st century companies can only operate successfully if they have their own content, which means attractive, inspiring and special tourist experiences. Therefore, we position ourselves as a leading content travel company in designing and offering innovative experiences in Southeast Europe. As part of the new mission, we want to create them together with our clients and business partners in a sustainable environment. From this came a new brand idea: Emotions We Share! In short, our focus is on modern guests of the 21st century, who are looking for an empathetic, emotional and dynamic relationship and approach and experiences in the form of credible stories. ” concluded Zgomba.Related news:UNILINE OPENS NEW BUSINESS HEADQUARTERS AND PRESENTS NEW BUSINESS PHILOSOPHYIN THE ORGANIZATION OF CROATIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES MOST TOURISTS FROM GERMANY
LOC Group has recently completed Marine Warranty Survey (MWS) services in support of the construction of the Turkstream gas pipeline. LOC was contracted by South Stream Transport in 2014 to provide MWS services for the fabrication and installation of the two pipelines forming the Turkstream pipeline system.Under the agreement, LOC also provided marine engineering consultancy services for the use of dynamic positioning systems on the project, including on the Pioneering Spirit, which was employed to lay the gas pipe.The project involved the laying a 32’ gas pipeline across 930km of the Black Sea, from the South-West of Russia to North-East Turkey, at water depths ranging up to 2200m.Construction of the Turkstream gas pipeline project started in May 2017, following the signing of the intergovernmental agreement for Turkstream in October 2016, between Russia and Turkey.The pipeline is designed to transport gas from Russia to Southern Europe, via Turkey. First gas was delivered in January 2020, post the formal launch by President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia.Oleg Schastlivtsev, LOC project manager, said: “LOC has the breadth of understanding and experience to be able to deliver complex projects such as this. It required innovative thinking and solutions, which we provided, supporting the successful delivery and commissioning of the project.”