Over the past year, there has been a heated debate involving the offshore wind project in Ocean City.
Despite that fact the project would add 9,700 new jobs in Maryland, make significant contributions to our state tax revenues, and result in more than 1.8 billion in new in-state spending Mayor Meehan and the Ocean City Council have maintained opposition to the project.
Both the mayor and City council have taken a position saying the turbines would be an “eyesore” and “ruin the view” our beaches provide.
However, their stance on protecting the view and what is considered an eyesore seems to drastically change in other areas.
Every single day those who visit our beaches see massive banner airplanes and big boats covered in advertising that block the view of both the sky and ocean. These boats and planes are also a lot closer and easier to see than the turbines that would be constructed 17 miles offshore.
If Mayor Meehan and the council are going to continue the narrative that turbines will ruin the view and are eyesores, they should at least be constant by banning eyesores like banner airplanes and advertising boats that block the view from our beaches.
If not, they should stop lying to the public about the project and allow this economic opportunity to be built on the lower shore without having hypocritical and weak arguments coming from officials fighting against the best interests of the region.
Chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus