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    I guess I would wonder if the future of Ocean City will be impacted by the news this week of the arrest of those people taping the Bay Bridge. Gives me the shivers just to think about all the people that have to cross that bridge every day now, has to weigh on their minds. I'm not sure when I want to cross that bridge again, even if it means not going to Ocean City.

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    Bay Bridge News Story

    OK, I have to ask about this story of people arrested for taping the Bay Bridge.

    We got like 10 seconds coverage here so I don't know much about it. However I have to think that people tape the Bay Bridge all the time and take pictures. It is a pretty spectacular sight.

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    The authorities get nervous when the person taping is on the FBI terror watch list. I got the information from WBOC and WMDT as well as other beach message boards. It wasn't reported in my part of PA, even though it seems all of PA leaves in the summer to go to Ocean City.

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    That's pretty scary stuff...especially since we're leaving for OC next weekend!! I didn't hear anything about it.

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    If you are interested, you can see the articles on this website:
    www.wboc.com
    Like I said, if I hadn't heard about this first on other message boards, then visited their news internet sites, I wouldn't have heard anything about it either.

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    Just got back from my last full week in OC this year (some smaller trips planned for later) and I have just one question........with ALL the new construction going on (and there is just too much to count) does anyone besides me see a problem with the number of people and the size of the beach??? In theory someone who says that there are x number miles of beach in OC that should be able to accomodate more people. But there are so many days that the beach is packed now, and with all the new people coming in with the new construction, there will obviously be less beach , and less clean beach available. There were no small condos being built. Every one had at least four floors, most had eight to ten, and some were a couple blocks long. Unreal. Can't you just see how long of a wait you're going to have waiting for a seat at a restaurant in the future? I really am beginning to see all this "growth" as a future problem. Between the people who live there year round, the students and kids who work there during the year, and the vacationers, that's a LOT of people. Hope they're ready for it.

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    The politicians are working on it.....

    I returned Friday from my last trip to Ocean City and each time I visit the changes are more noticable.

    From articles in the local papers seems the politicians are making noise that they will address the issue sometime, someway, somewhere. But nothing as of yet.

    Your point about the beach holds true for all the physical properties of Ocean City. Along with the beach, the roadways, water and sewer systems and the municipal services all will be forced to their limits if this unending developement is allowed to continue. Police, fire, emergency services, etc.


    On my recent visit the area around 45th street is being demolished all the shops will be gone very soon.

    The Ocean Club is holding it's last party today and is scheduled to be replaced by something badly needed in OC more condos.


    You see and hear all day the sounds of construction and building and each trip the buildings get taller and taller.


    Soon you will have a manmade concrete canyon along the Coastal Highway.

    With no views other then the sight of numerous condos and muti-unit residences.


    Coastal Highway, now this will give you some idea of the level of planning and decision making the powers to be possess.

    Due to the traffic problems and speeding vehicles along the Coastal Highway the local politicians after long deliberation have come up with the idea of changing the name of the roadway to encourage people to slow down.


    Perhaps Coastal Lane, Coastal Trail, or Coastal Road.

    Moving along a 60 mph most drivers don't even know the name of the road now.


    Seems the developement problem is the source of the traffic problem but the community leaders think a name change will solve the problem. More condos more traffic seems fairly simple but not to those running the show down there.

    Hopefully they can come up with a better idea to control the uncontrolled developement. Not likely they are still discussing how to proceed.


    Once the horse is out of the barn it will be to late and that time is approaching fast.


    I'd rather get a view of the ocean or bay not a condo.


    But seems those in power have no reason to consider the potential damage being done to Ocean City.


    Still waiting to address the issue someday, somewhere, somehow.

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    You can have a positive attitude or a negative one.

    I choose positive. The city is attempting to improve OC and the infrastructure. Nothing stays the same, ever. Everyone always thinks of the "good old days". Which were never as good as we remember (or think we do).

    I still love OC. There has always been development. I'm sure people 30 years ago, thought the place was being "ruined" with those condos, etc. But, it's brought a lot of revenue in and there will always be constant turnover in businesses. That's called capitalism.

    I for one, love the fact I can go to OC and not think twice about walking at night on the boardwalk, walking into any restaurant, and enjoy the whole town, without a "bad" area like most towns/cities have. I was just there in Mid-Aug and had a great time.

    OC will never be what it was 30 years ago and it won't be what it is now in 30 more years. Let's see the glass half-full. OC is a great family vacation spot and will continue to be if progress is allowed.

    Don't be so cynical.

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    Casinos are not the way to go

    Casinos take away discretionary spending from other business and increase crime. They want you to go into a casino and not leave. Look at Atlantic City, any decent bar or restaurant that had existed 10-15 years ago is now gone. They cant compete with free drinks and cheap buffets which the casinos offer to keep patrons at the gaming tables. So if you want to have a pawn shop on every corner, increased crime and increases in homeless people, as well as many local businesses to fail....bring gambling to O.C!!

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    I most definitely don't agree with gambling. I also don't agree with the lottery which is just another form of gambling. Maryland is looking for a quick fix to their economic problems with casinos. Not the right answer.

    The lottery and gambling usually end up being played by the people who can least afford it and think they can become wealthy overnight.

    I say no to casinos and gambling in OC, but have no problem with other improvements to the city.

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