OCEAN CITY, Md. – This weekend drivers might be heading into Ocean Metropolis for the annual H2Oi occasion. Whereas some could also be excited – others are involved about troublemakers. “Everyone understands what the issue is. It’s unlucky. We invite everyone to Ocean Metropolis. We solely ask that they obey our legal guidelines,” mentioned Mayor Rick Meehan.
The Ocean Metropolis Police Division says they’re anticipating heavy visitors and unruly conduct from occasion individuals. “You will note a variety of visitors delays and it is going to be uncomfortable. You may find yourself sitting for some time – stuff like that. Bear with us. Carry endurance to all the pieces as a result of everyone that drives or is a pedestrian – simply be affected person with the visitors congestion,” mentioned Deputy Communications Supervisor for OCPD Ashley Miller.
Mayor Meehan says the city will beef up police presence and is planning to make extra arrests. “We may have an elevated presence of police personnel with allied businesses, in addition to a full praise of Ocean Metropolis Police Division personnel,” mentioned Miller.
Mayor Rick Meehan says the Ocean Metropolis Police Division might be joined by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Division and Maryland State Police. The mayor additionally says that Ocean Metropolis labored with the state legislature to have the ability to enhance fines, make extra arrests, and impound autos. “We’ll have the biggest help variety of officers on the town this 12 months that we’ve ever had. We’ve a really sturdy dedication from Maryland State Police to be right here,” mentioned Mayor Meehan.
Miller says that police will even be intently monitoring social media to forestall any unlawful conduct. She additionally says that folks can report any unlawful conduct seen on social media to them. They’ll additionally report back to the social media platforms. “In the event that they do see something on social media – Fb, Instagram, issues like that – they’ve ways in which they’ll report posts should you see one thing encouraging unlawful conduct,” mentioned Miller.
Mayor Meehan says he invitations anybody who’s coming to city to rejoice responsibly. However those that are planning to behave recklessly aren’t welcome. “Get pleasure from time in Ocean Metropolis like everyone else does. Respect the Ocean Metropolis Police Division and all legislation enforcement officers. If everyone did that, that might be a easy resolution to creating this extra palatable,” mentioned Mayor Meehan.
The mayor says that sooner or later, he could possibly be open to the thought of organising an official H2Oi occasion. However as a result of it’s principally organized by way of social media and there doesn’t seem like any official organizers, he says that Ocean Metropolis isn’t at that time but. Final 12 months Mayor Meehan floated the thought of a state of emergency. He says this 12 months, that’s not off the desk.