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Friday, August 12, 2016

Longtime OC residents reflect on past and present

WASHINGTON — Things change at the beach all the time. Usually, and most noticeably to tourists, it’ll be restaurants and bars that might change hands or management from one summer to the next. It happens a lot with restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Ocean City, Maryland.

The condos and beach houses there change hands all the time, too, with no shortage of real estate agents ready to help you find an investment property or summer getaway.

But then there’s real change, which takes places over the course of several decades.

You may not be able to imagine it, but there are people whose families make up the fabric of the Delmarva beaches who can remember when the several miles of hotels, condos and restaurant buffets were nothing but spacious sand dunes and wide-open beach.

Bunky Dolle can recall it well. His family has lived on the coast for more than a century, running boardwalk stands famous for saltwater taffy and other candies.

“Oh gosh, as a kid, it’s totally different,” said Dolle.



Anonymous said...

PR fluff article to make OC appear to be a nice safe family resort. NOT!

Anonymous said...

Well, it is a nice safe family resort, except on the boards and most of downtown after about 11PM, when mayor Meehan's specially invited guests take over.

Anonymous said...

The character of OC has not changed substantially. It's the type of "visitors" that has devolved. Remove the bad element, replace them with decent lawabiding families and it's still a good vacation destination, other than the extortionate parking/ticketing regime.

Unknown said...

Young(er) people go to OC because there are thousands of pretty girls/women in bikinis who they can try to hook up with, bars on every corner to get drunk and try to hook up, a party atmosphere, and did I mention women in bikinis? lol