Crowds Surge at Ocean City

Drivers in this wreck may be praying that insurance kicks in to cover their loss

Drivers in this wreck on Coastal Highway in Ocean City may be praying that insurance kicks in to cover their loss. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

By Ken Rossignol

THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

OCEAN CITY, MD. — The cash registers were jingling at thousands of retail stores as shoppers loaded up on groceries and other items needed to fuel families on vacation at the beach this past weekend, throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland but especially at Ocean City.

No traffic in Ocean City. It is official and photos don't lie. This photo was taken before the weekend population of Ocean City had stirred.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

No traffic in Ocean City. It is official and photos don’t lie. This photo was taken before the weekend population of Ocean City had stirred. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

The sales tax collection for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s spending programs must have been tremendous while a review of roadside campaign clutter revealed that the big fight between O’Malley’s junior partner and Republican Larry Hogan has yet to catch fire.

This past weekend was typical of Maryland’s century long urge to purge the city folks from stress in their weary bones by roasting on the beach and dipping in the soothing saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean.

Fred Malkus Bridge over Choptank River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

Fred Malkus Bridge over Choptank River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

With Sunday being a big change over day as tens of thousands arrive while others leave, the organized mayhem followed traditional patterns of traffic crunches, fender benders and packed parking lots.

A return trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at about six o’clock p.m. found that traffic flowed smoothly without backups at that time while traffic under the bridge on the smooth waters of the bay was sparse and without a worry. Several freighters and tankers bobbed on the surface of the Bay like giant corks as they traversed the main shipping channel.

All quiet in Ocean City, Md.

All quiet in Ocean City, Md. Anyone can show photos of huge crowds sunning themselves on the beach or splashing in the water.  To show Ocean City without masses of folks is much more challenging. This scene is of the area of the boardwalk near the inlet parking lot.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

In spite of the best efforts of the ‘sky is falling’ crowd of enviro-whackos, the long-awaited hurricane which would reverse the channel cut of the 1933 hurricane at the inlet and rip apart the barrier islands in new locations has not yet happened.

One store across from the Wawa on Rt. 5 near the bridge was advertising steamed crabs at $70 for three dozen. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

One store across from the Wawa on Rt. 5 near the bridge was advertising steamed crabs at $70 for three dozen. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

The towering condo towers have not yet sunk into the dunes nor have the tens of thousands of homes tottering on pilings near the bay side fallen into the neighboring canals.

Historic Eastern Shore church under looming moon on Rt. 50. Apparently  Sen. Fred Malkus didn't have enough juice with the State Highway Department to shift the expanded Rt. 50 any further from the front step of this historic landmark. The highway was built to within 20 feet of the front door while the cornfield on the other side of the road was saved. But Sen. Malkus did get the new bridge over the Choptank River named for him. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

Historic Eastern Shore church under looming moon on Rt. 50. Apparently Sen. Fred Malkus didn’t have enough juice with the State Highway Department to shift the expanded Rt. 50 any further from the front step of this historic landmark. The highway was built to within 20 feet of the front door while the cornfield on the other side of the road was saved. But Sen. Malkus did get the new bridge over the Choptank River named for him. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

In spite of the best efforts of the doom and gloom folks making dire predictions of cataclysmic disasters befalling the area, Ocean City has not yet been wiped off the map by an angry Zeus and is a thriving economic machine for the Maryland Treasury.

Since vacationers, amazingly, still have a choice in this Obama world of government mandates, as to where to spend their own money, they are still choosing to spend it at Ocean City.

Sunday morning on Coastal Highway in Ocean City.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

Sunday morning on Coastal Highway in Ocean City. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

Be sure to visit Alan Henney’s Beach Report for weekly updates on happenings, police news and other details of the adventures of the indigenous population of Washington and Baltimore on vacation at the beaches of Ocean City, Rehoboth and Dewey.

Old Choptank River bridge retained as the Bill Burton Fishing Pier. Burton was the fishing writer for the Baltimore Sun who championed Chesapeake Bay wildlife and fishing for decades. He pushed for saving the old bridge structure as a fishing pier.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Old Choptank River bridge retained as the Bill Burton Fishing Pier. Burton was the fishing writer for the Baltimore Sun who championed Chesapeake Bay wildlife and fishing for decades. He pushed for saving the old bridge structure as a fishing pier. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

In the meantime, should a hurricane, earthquake, prairie fire or tidal wave wipe out Ocean City, be sure to visit THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY for the up to the minute reports of the event.

THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY is also available at newsstands throughout the Eastern Shore right up to within walking distance of the ocean at numerous locations in Ocean City.

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