“We sent a clear message”: Ocean City Mayor reacts to unsanctioned H2Oi events
OCEAN CITY, Md. – On Monday, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said he believes the town sent a clear message to the people who participated in the unsanctioned H2Oi events this weekend.
In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Mayor Meehan and Chief of Police Ross Bozzuro said tens of thousands of people came to the resort town this weekend, rivaling Fourth of July numbers. They admit “it was ugly at times” however they believe the combination of special events zones, cooperation of towing companies and backup from other law enforcement agencies helped immensely.
They say although there were plenty of arrests made, they believe it could have been a lot worse adding that criminal violent acts were “virtually non existent”.
“I think we sent a clear message and I think that will definitely have an effect on the decisions of those individuals that certainly didn’t comply or don’t want to comply from returning in the future,” says Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.
The mayor adds that they did not seem to have any issues with people complying to COVID-19 restrictions inside businesses but they were concerned at times with some crowds gathering in outside areas. Officials say the two officers injured during these unsanctioned events over the weekend are now in good condition.