H2Oi enthusiasts plan to return to Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City residents are speaking out after H2Oi drivers announced on Facebook that they plan on returning to the resort town for a “bonus round” this weekend.
“Hopefully, they can keep everything at bay and not cause trouble,” said Bill Jarmon, an Ocean City resident.
Just a few weeks ago, thousands of drivers flooded these streets for the unsanctioned H2Oi event causing major headaches for the beach town.
Many people tore up the town with burnouts and some were even caught throwing rocks and bottles at police officers.
“So, our residents can expect to see a large number of police just like they did at the unsanctioned event,” said Ashley Miller, the Ocean City Police Department PIO.
But, police say there is only so much they can do.
“We are already at maximum deployment and we already have allied agencies coming in,” said Miller.
“It is very difficult to get allied agencies to come in, so we are utilizing all the resources we currently have available to us,” said Miller.
Despite the headaches, some locals say these sort of events help keep their businesses afloat during the slow off-season.
“It’s havoc, but it brings people to town,” said Kevin Hooker, a bartender at Tequila Mockingbird.
“I mean not in a great way, but it brings people into town,” said Hooker.
Ocean City was designated as a special event zone on Wednesday meaning people could face fines of up to 1,000 dollars if caught speeding or burning out. Police hope this will help keep everything safer this weekend.
Some locals feel bad for those who are actually coming down for the annual Endless Summer Cruisin event because they feel they do not deserve to have their event crashed by H2Oi enthusiasts.
Police say they will keep their operation the same, but they are monitoring the situation on social media.