By Linh Bui

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Summer officially starts this weekend. And if you are looking for somewhere to go, paradise is a short drive away.

Linh Bui talked to the mayor of Ocean City one-on-one.

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The mayor says last summer was great, but he thinks this summer will be even better. He gave us a preview of all the events lined up.

Summer finally returns, and we are loving it. What better place to get away than Ocean City?

“Use your vacation day for the right thing,” Mayor Rick Meehan said.

That’s a trip to the beach. According to the mayor, there’s plenty to do. There are free concerts, movies, and fireworks every week. Plus, the action-packed Dew Tour returns June 26, where you can watch extreme sports like skateboarding and BMX featuring Dundalk native, Buckey Lasek.

“They’re out there now erecting the entire stadium on the beach and it looks like an Olympic village when it’s finished. It’s spectacular,” said Meehan.

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Since Memorial Day, the beach has been packed. People are enjoying the beautiful weather after a grueling winter.

But a warning to beach goers–rip currents have tragically claimed two lives this month. One of the victims was an 18-year-old from Burtonsville.

“It’s very sad, it’s very tragic. You don’t often think about it happening at the beach you’re going to be at,” said a vacationer.

Officials say talk to lifeguards and learn about rip current dangers.

“Just take the ocean seriously. It’s beautiful and it’s very inviting, but it’s also Mother Nature and can be unpredictable,” the mayor said.

For more information on summer events in Ocean City, click here.

There’s a brand new event this year in Ocean City: a sand sculpting contest.

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