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The weekend’s forecasted cold weather has event organizers reconsidering several first day dips in the ocean.
The Brigantine Polar Bear Club has rescheduled their annual New Year’s Day polar bear plunge to Jan. 13. The fundraiser, which benefits the Fisher House Foundation, and related events at Laguna Rum Bar will be pushed to the following week.
Ocean City announced Thursday that it has canceled its annual Polar Bear Plunge into the ocean on Monday because of safety concerns surrounding the area’s extreme cold weather.
All other first night and first day events will go on as scheduled, Ocean City spokesman Doug Bergen said.
The cancellation of the plunge came after Ventnor made the decision to cancel its own plunge yesterday afternoon.
The event was canceled for safety reasons, as temperatures are expected to be 18 degrees, organizers said.
Mike Weissen, organizer of the plunge, contacted Mayor Beth Holtzman to discuss canceling the event, citing safety concerns for residents and visitors who may be participating, according to a post on the city’s website. The mayor discussed it with Commissioners Tim Kriebel and Lance Landgraf,
and all agreed that it should be canceled.
“It’s not a city function,” Holtzman said. “Eighteen degrees is scary dangerous, and I will always err on the side of caution.”
Holtzman said the cancellation of the holiday parade earlier this month was different, because that was a city sponsored event that was called off at the recommendation of the police chief and emergency management coordinator.
“If it was snow, it would have been beautiful, but it was wet, freezing rain, and all the units were canceling. There was no parade to be had,” she said.
Although the air temperature is expected to be in the mid 20s on New Year’s Day, the water temperature likely will be in the mid 40s.
The 24th annual polar bear plunge hosted by Robert’s Place in Margate will be held as planned at noon Monday. The event at the Essex Avenue beach benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.