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A pop-up rally is scheduled for Sept. 24, according to a Facebook event page. 

(Aug. 14, 2020) If Facebook is to be trusted, then Ocean City residents may see a group of foreign and modified car enthusiasts return to the resort on Sept. 24, with the express goal of causing traffic congestion. 

Under the name, “H2Oi Cruise to Ocean City Maryland,” the page, created by Pennsylvania resident Remi Barna, has 36 people “going” and 271 interested as of Wednesday. 

“The cruise will be hosted with myself and a few other friends from a group chat of mine to keep everyone together and blocking traffic/traffic lights as needed,” the details section states. 

The group will meet at a Shake Shack in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, at 6 p.m. and leave by 7 p.m. touching down in Ocean City at approximately 10 p.m., depending on traffic and pit stops. 

The Ocean City Motor Task Force recently met to discuss strategies to deal with such “pop-up” rallies, and Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said the department, as well as allied agencies, would strictly enforce the newly instated exhibition driving bill, which increased fines and granted police the power to arrest unruly drivers. 

Violators could face fines up to $500 or up to $1,000 if they are accused of negligent driving or racing and racing participation as a timekeeper. 

Drivers may also be subject to up to 60 days in jail. 

Other tactics police may use include speed bumps, increased towing and riot charges. 

Police Spokeswoman Ashley Miller said police closely monitor social media platforms for items related to unsanctioned car events, but also relied on the help of the community.

“Our community members reach out to us often, as well, sharing the events they see,” she said. “We greatly appreciate the help from our community with social media monitoring because it is a fast moving platform full of information.”

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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