Could OC Arcades Take A Hit From New State Regulations? - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Could OC Arcades Take A Hit From New State Regulations?

Posted: Updated:

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Arcade owners in Ocean City are speaking out, worried that new state regulations could signal lights out for a boardwalk classic.

It started back in 2012, when the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill trying to cut down on illegal electronic gambling.  Now, arcade owners throughout the state, especially in Ocean City, worry new regulations could impose fees they say are unnecessary.

New regulations and fees, proposed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, could pull the plug on this summertime staple.
     
They wouldn't directly impact games like skeeball, or the games at places like Chuck E Cheese, where players try to earn tickets to win a prize.  Instead, arcades would pay a $50 licensing fee per-year, for each game where the prize is worth more than $30.

Chris Trimper, manager of Marty's Playland on the boardwalk says that makes up about 10 percent of the machines on the floor, and "that's an extra $500 a year."

It's a blow Trimper, whose family has owned Marty's Playland since 1991, says only adds insult to injury for the industry that's already taken a blow from handheld and home video games.

"So, we have to do all we can in this amusement business to have fun prizes and exciting stuff, so that things you can't do on Xbox at home, you can come to Marty's Playland for skeeball and prizes," says Trimper.

Another worry, at a place where excited yelps of kids is about as loud as the games themselves, the new regulations could lump arcades in with adults-only casinos.

"They can keep coming back to an arcade," says Trimper, "you may not want to keep going to a casino.

The owners say the fight isn't over, while the period for public comment already ended, there's a plan to start circulating a petition sometime next week.

This regulation wouldn't only impact Ocean City arcades, but anywhere in Maryland with these types of games.

In a statement, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said:

"In passing this legislation, the General Assembly gave the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission specific guidelines to work within when crafting regulations. 

We've made a good faith effort to follow the law while taking into account the concerns of the industry that now will be regulated."

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • Salisbury City Council Hosts Open Forum For Residents

    Salisbury City Council Hosts Open Forum For Residents

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:57:31 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md. - Residents were able to openly discuss topics important to them at the "Coffee With Your Council" event hosted in Downtown Salisbury.More >>
    SALISBURY, Md. - Residents were able to openly discuss topics important to them at the "Coffee With Your Council" event hosted in Downtown Salisbury.More >>
  • Hashtag "X" Campaign Promotes Anti-Texting/Driving

    Hashtag "X" Campaign Promotes Anti Texting/Driving

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:49:25 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md. - A twist on an anti-texting while driving campaign is urging teenagers to combine two things they arguably know best: texting and tweeting - neither done while driving, of course.More >>
    SALISBURY, Md. - A new twist on an "anti-texting while driving" campaign is urging teenagers to combine two things they arguably know better anyone: texting and tweeting - neither done while driving, ofMore >>
  • Man Killed, Grandson Injured In Van Crash

    Man Killed, Grandson Injured In Van Crash

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:42:11 GMT
    FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man was killed and his 6-year-old grandson was injured when the van he was driving left the road and hit a tree.More >>
    FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man was killed and his 6-year-old grandson was injured when the van he was driving left the road and hit a tree.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Maryland Man Charged With DUI After Reported .22 BAC

    Maryland Man Charged With DUI After Reported .22 BAC

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:21:15 GMT
    WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. - Police say alcohol was to blame for an early morning hit and run crash. Maryland State Police - Berlin Barrack says with help from Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies, they responded to Bowline Lane in West Ocean City for a reported hit and run collision. Once on scene, Troopers and Deputies found that 30-year-old Ryan Orndorff, of Clarksville, Maryland, was driving a 2008 Ford pick-up truck, when he hit another vehicle while trying to park.More >>
    WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. - Police say alcohol was to blame for an early morning hit and run crash. Maryland State Police - Berlin Barrack says with help from Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies, they responded to Bowline Lane in West Ocean City for a reported hit and run collision. Once on scene, Troopers and Deputies found that 30-year-old Ryan Orndorff, of Clarksville, Maryland, was driving a 2008 Ford pick-up truck, when he hit another vehicle while trying to park.More >>
  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Passes Away On Mission Trip

    UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Passes Away On Mission Trip

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:49:13 GMT
    DELAWARE - A Delaware restaurateur has died while on a mission trip to India. Matt Haley, a James Beard winner, has reportedly died after a motorcycle accident while on a six month mission trip in India
    More >>
    DELAWARE - A Delaware restaurateur has died while on a mission trip to India. Matt Haley, a James Beard winner, has reportedly died after a motorcycle accident while on a six month mission trip through India and Nepal. Governor Jack Markell released the following statement after hearing of Haley's passing. "Carla and I are devastated by the loss of our friend, Matt Haley.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.