This week, the city council came out with a Capital Improvement Plan consisting of extremely important things that cannot be overlooked.
This plan consists of maintaining our Boardwalk, seawalls and dredging canals to ensure they don’t fall into disrepair. After all, this is what draws people to town.
But there is one key aspect missing from this Capital Improvement Plan.
In light of the events of last June, I believe it is equally important to be making sure Ocean City is a safe place for families in the summer.
We need to support our police by setting up more cameras off Boardwalk facing side streets as well as around town and expand community action with city watch groups.
The bathrooms also need to stay open later to deter unwanted behavior elsewhere. More seasonal police are also needed to walk the Boardwalk.
Last summer, Ocean City was featured on Fox News and other cable networks for this exact issue. Just as we want people to see a well maintained Boardwalk, we want people to see a safe Boardwalk.
Both factors contribute to families deciding whether to come or not. Ocean City is a town for families and one or two events like this ruin that image that Ocean City is a family town.