Having vacationed in Ocean City every summer since I was born in 1950 and having owned a second home here for the last 25 years, I am at a loss to understand the focus of the Mayor and Town Council.
The potential visual effect of offshore windmills and new ways to market the resort appear to be their main concerns.
For the past several years there has been a slow deterioration of the family-friendly atmosphere so many of us appreciate. This summer the result of inattention to this trend has been:
• Assaults on the Boardwalk this spring
• Public drinking on the beach
• Pot smoking throughout the town
• Illegal nighttime activity on the beach (see Mr. Haugh’s Letter to the Editor earlier this year)
• Non-enforcement of the mask ordinance in the county with one of the highest covid-19 positivity rates in the state
• H2Oi overrunning the town
I would suggest that instead of chasing windmills, our leaders take a more realistic view of what has happened and address the root causes.
If we rectify the issues of criminal public behavior, perhaps the need for an increased marketing budget would be significantly reduced.
As a part-time resident, I do not have a vote despite the taxes I pay. I would ask my neighbors who can vote to pressure the mayor and council to redirect their focus.