OCEAN CITY, Md. — Ocean Metropolis is Maryland’s favourite trip spot and Mayor Rick Meehan is their primary cheerleader, that is why that is one thing you by no means hear the Mayor say.
“In the event you’re planning to spend a pleasant enjoyable and quiet weekend in Ocean Metropolis, sadly this most likely would not be the only option,” Meehan mentioned.
That is due to the unsanctioned automobile rally, H2oi. Automotive fans, particularly those who like low profile Volkswagen’s or Audi’s come to the seashore from across the nation. Unruly crowds, arrest, hearth works on coastal freeway have grow to be the norm for the largely late teenager and 20-year-old crowd and all this throughout a pandemic.
If in case you have a low-profile scorching rod and are pondering of heading right down to Ocean Metropolis and exhibiting off somewhat bit, Mayor Meehan has some info for you.
“Including some provisions to our particular occasions zone invoice, laws that now permits us to make arrest for demonstration driving, reckless driving. Even for riot management, for folks, people, spectators that trigger issues and create conditions or disturbances,” Meehan mentioned.
Mayor Meehan mentioned final 12 months this rally wouldn’t be welcome and he made extra adjustments to discourage harmful habits.
“We have elevated all wonderful for violations and we’re capable of impound autos and this 12 months these are the actions we’re going to take. We do not need to take these actions, but when crucial, that is precisely what we’re going to do,” he defined.
The Mayor has a standing invitation for everybody.
“Everyone is welcome to return to Ocean Metropolis, all we ask you to do is obey our legal guidelines and be respectful to others,” he mentioned.
A sentiment shared by many locals and vacationers on the seashore.