This past weekend driving on the beach was allowed for a fishing tournament. Some of those drivers were incredibly rude! We were on the beach between 31st and 32nd streets, We saw one man pull up and park his truck in between two umbrellas so that his truck was literally two feet away from chairs (with people sitting in them). My husband went over and questioned him and he blew him off and then claimed that the spot was assigned by the tournament, however we know that the tournament assigned by whole blocks and did not authorize any one to park practically on top of other people! We also witnessed much reckless driving as trucks sped along trying not to get stuck in the sand. I was petrified that a child would run out in the path of one of these speeding trucks.
While they were fishing, it was difficult to walk up and down the beach because of fishing lines every few feet and I was afraid to go in the water because of all the bloody fish parts with which they were "chumming" the water. We saw a few sharks being caught this way! After the trucks and fishermen had cleared out, some of them left pretty disgusting garbage on the beach including piles of bloody fish guts, hooks etc.
I read that Ocean City had passed an ordinance allowing driving on the beach for fisherman from November through March but this received such loud opposition that it was immediately repealed.
As a long time Ocean City visitor and possible future resident (upon retirement) I would like any suggestions for whom to write to to ensure that driving on the beach is never allowed again! I also think they should limit fishing to specific beaches at specific times.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.