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Friday, July 21, 2017

Overreacting Better Approach Than Underestimating

The organizer of the “College Beach Weekend” activities in Ocean City released a statement online late this week saying, “For everybody’s that’s nervous, they should absolutely relax. We’re just coming here to be on vacation, not to cause trouble. Honestly, it’s a shame that people think we’re coming there with the intention of acting foolish.”

The problem with that is history confirms Ocean City should do anything but “relax” over the coming weekend. The group brings trouble with it to Ocean City and many people — like the group that nearly started a riot on the Boardwalk last summer — seem intent on causing disruptions and wreaking havoc. In most cases, actions certainly speak louder than words. That’s certainly so when comparing the organizer’s words against incidents and observations in recent years.

In Ocean City’s case, history shows a pro-active and aggressive awareness campaign ahead of a potentially troubling weekend event can be effective in limiting the crowds as well as sending a clear message the authorities will not tolerate misbehavior and illegal activities.

Recent history in Ocean City confirms a pro-active approach through the media and online outlets works. That’s why the Ocean City Police Department began planning months ago and warning the public last month about the potential of the unsanctioned College Beach Weekend event set for Ocean City this weekend.



Anonymous said...

Is this that Black event? If so, I'm going to stay home to keep my daughters safe. Those people are up to No Good every time they come to Ocean City. Our once wonderful Beach Town is becoming home to Thugs and Gang-Bangers who will stop at nothing to cause problems for those of us who just want to enjoy the beach.

Anonymous said...

You can thank the mayor and the city council members personally for their active involvement in bringing people like this here. Ask them about their targeted advertising. You will not find them on the boardwalk after dark.

Anonymous said...

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Anonymous said...

How very 1861 of you!

Anonymous said...

BIG FYI, two seat belt, cell phone check points coming into town, message sent, harass thier worthless a****. Problem is, some good people, and locals get caught also

Anonymous said...

Crowd's not bad, isolated groups of problems. The OCPD busted the first big group already. Keep checking SBY NEWS for the latest. This as of 10:00 pm Fri.

Anonymous said...

As morning arrives at the beach, last night was quiet, with TONS of cops. There were some groups of "takeover thugs", they were obviously outnumbered, and outgunned. We'll keep everyone posted as this evening will tell the story. OC or the thugs.