Will Ocean City's Skateboarding Laws Be Revamped?
Ocean City, MD was proud to host one of the nation's largest skateboard competitions, the Dew Tour, again this summer, drawing massive crowds and even some skateboarding celebrities including Maryland's own Bucky Lasek. But during the during the summer, (from April 1 to October 1, to be exact) skateboarding in Ocean City, Maryland is actually illegal.
During the Dew Tour competition's finals, Lasek appeared on national television donning a personalized t-shirt reading, "Legalize Skateboarding in Ocean City, Maryland." Since then, OC resident Mick Chester started an online petition to have the ban lifted and to re-examine Ocean City's skateboarding law. The petition has reached over 130 signatures and has been brought to the attention of Ocean City Councilwoman, Mary Knight, who plans to bring the issue infront of the full Ocean City Council in the form of a resolution and plans to address it as a transportation issue.
"Nowadays, it's not just for tricks," according to Chester, "You've got longboards for transportation. Kids skate everywhere - it's free, it builds character, it's athletic, it's environmentally healthy."
Whether or not the old law is lifted or re-worded is yet to be seen. If the law does change and skateboards are permitted as transportation on Ocean City's sidewalks and streets, it is sure to be a big change around town come next tourist season.
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