OCEAN CITY — A slew of minors and no majors is the best way to describe last weekend’s H2O International car show presence in Ocean City from a law enforcement standpoint with over 2,500 calls for service reported but no significant incidents.
The annual H2O International (H2Oi) event is one local law enforcement officials and residents gear up for each fall as potentially the most troublesome for good reason. In years past, the event has been associated with heavy traffic, numerous incidents of unruliness and traffic violations and, in some cases, wanton disregard for the town’s ordinances.
The official event is billed essentially as a car show featuring tricked-out Volkswagens and Audis, for example, but as is the case with most of the vehicle-related special events, an in-kind number of hangers-on cause a disproportionate amount of the trouble. The H2Oi event is based at Fort Whaley in WHaleyville off Route 50 and is not sanctioned by the Town of Ocean City, but because of the resort’s close proximity to event headquarters, along with the countless hotel rooms, restaurants, bars and other amenities, most of the action, sanctioned or otherwise, takes place in Ocean City.