OCEAN CITY — More visitors means more money, and also more nuisances, especially of a sharp, cutting kind.
City government staff and frequent beachgoers have noticed a gradual uptick this summer in the number of glass bottles, and broken shards thereof, on Ocean City’s beach.
“We don’t know exactly, but it seems that a lot more people are bringing glass onto the beach,” said Tom Dy, maintenance manager for the Department of Public Works. “It’s especially noticeable on weekends. I can’t tell you for a fact that people are drinking more, but we’re seeing a lot more glass bottles, including liquor bottles.”
Consumption of alcohol is officially forbidden on Ocean City’s beach, with a few rare exceptions for hotel bars that were serving on the beach before the city’s establishment of a public right-of-way in the late 1980s.