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Saturday, January 09, 2016

‘Water sports’ definition declared too fluid

Jet ski and water slide users can see the distinction between the two activities, but where Ocean City laws are concerned, the line is still a bit blurry.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday spent time examining a proposed amendment that would clearly define what “water related recreational activities” are: amusements that involve water or actual watercraft.

The difference, attorney Pete Cosby told the commission, is that the “water related” label can be too broadly interpreted and venture into territory where the city has no jurisdiction.

He, with the support of Zoning Administrator Blaine Smith, proposed an amendment to the zoning code that would define water-based activities as those that operate on tidal waters – including Wave Runners, Jet Skis, sailboats, paddleboards and sailboats.


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