(Aug. 23, 2019) A recent surf contest reminded me of the virtues of Assateague Island.
It’s beautiful there with only the starkness of nature to help preserve and maintain that natural beauty.
We’re quite fortunate to have the accessibility and acceptance though it almost didn’t happen.
Back in the day lots were platted and plans made for the creation of a community and town. That was over 50 years ago.
The event that stopped the town’s creation was the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. This was a cold winter nor’easter that lasted multiple days.
Today, Assateague Island consists of a State Park and a National Park. There is no residential area but camping is available.
The surf can get very good with much of it due to the natural flow of sand and water as opposed to the dredging pumping that can occur in Ocean City.
Popularity has grown exponentially, by leaps and bounds, as of late.
Ten to 20 years ago the island was a well-kept secret. On a recent Saturday, the parking lot at the State Park was full by late morning with a line of cars waiting to get in.
Reservations for camping get booked weeks and even years in advance. Day trips are just as popular if not more so.
Surfing can be an all-day event on the island with plenty of room to spread out. Crowds never seem to be a problem. There’s even an off-road section all the way to the southern part of the island.
Four-wheel drive vehicles will allow passage right up on the beach. This is another favorable feature to our neighbor to the south.
There is such a dichotomy, such a difference of Ocean City and Assateague.
The honky tonk verses natural beauty, night life verses no night life. Makes for a wonderful situation and one which we are very fortunate to have.
So there you have it, there it is. Practically a perfect set-up with preservation guaranteed due to the State and Federal Parks.
So fortunate to coincide with our southerly neighbors there can be no better way to spend our hallowed tax monies.
So open, wild, revered and spread out for miles and miles. What’s not to like? Thank God for Assateague.
– Dave Dalkiewicz is the owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop in Ocean City.