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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.