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  • If you could change one thing about OC what would you change?

    So as sit here it is now 32 degrees and the warmest it has been her in a week. Tonight they say a clipper storm will hit Maryland but lucky for me just brush by Eastern PA. So I'm trying to stay warm and thining of OC. We have discussed many things here but how about somethinga little different. If you had the power to change one thing in OC what would it be? The Traffic? The Boardwalk? wWhat do you think would make a great resort even better?

  • #2
    Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

    The only thing I would like to change would be some of the dillapidated buildings downtown torn down or fixed up. The ones that were original or really old beach houses I'd love to see brought back like new. They have so much charm. Aside from that, I can't think of a thing. OC has everything we want. Quiet when we want it, noise when we don't, restaurants or eat in, sun and sand or window shopping. There's just everything there in one place!
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    • #3
      Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

      I would love to see a bandshell on the bayside at Northside park or at the Convention center. People could sail or boat to hear live music with great acoustics from the bandshell and the audience would bring lawnchairs like they do now.

      Second, a complete restoration of either the OC Racquet club or that old mall on 94th Street into a YMCA. We locals would love to have our own YMCA with afterschool programs and childcare, and something for the older kids too, along with exercise and gym glasses, basketball etc.

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      • #4
        Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

        I know this seems like a small thing, but it really does bug me...

        I would like to see some type of ordinance or law governing the types of T-Shirts that are displayed at the shops on the boardwalk. I am not a really conservative guy, but some of them are offensive and some are downright profane. I shouldn't have to have "the birds and the bees" discussion with my children while walking on the boards, and I shouldn't have to explain why the F-word is inappropriate while out for a leisurely family stroll.

        The traffic can be bad at times, and I would love to see some of the vacant and unkept buildings torn down or revitalized, but overall, OC is a wonderful place, and there's not much I would change.

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        • #5
          Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

          Condo Prices!!! By the time you spend your money on gas and pay for a week in OC, there is no more money to go out to eat. Luckily, I'm not much of a restaurant guy and spend most of my time on the beach. It's still free......isn't it??!! : )

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          • #6
            Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

            I agree, the t shirts get nastier every year. If the kids couldn't wear it to school then it shouldn't be displayed in a public place. By that I mean that public schools do not allow tshirts to be worn that depict violence, drug use, alcohol abuse, foul language, racist or sexual content.

            On the flip side, those probably sell the best and bring in the customers. And the last I heard freedom of speech is still an inalienable right in this country. I'm pretty liberal but those trashy shirtd get on my nerves too, because they're not even remotely funny, just nasty.

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            • #7
              Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

              Why can't they sell them, but just not display them right out on the boardwalk? Sell them in the back of the store instead. Maybe a "mature audiences" section?
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              • #8
                Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                I guess I would make it illegal to be a complete "Butt Head". I get sick of the rude, pushy people who figure they're on vacation so I'll treat the servers and everyother worker I see in OC like a non-person. Ocean City is a great place to vacation, not much else I would change but why do people have to come there driving like idiots, acting like animals on the boardwalk, etc.

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                • #9
                  Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                  There is a new ordinance that limits these display of T-Shirts to inside the store. I believe they are not supposed to be visible from the boardwalk. According to the 18 December Maryland Coast Dispatch "The ordinance now prohibits any crude language or explicit content from outdoor displays as well as any products that promote the usage of drugs, alcohol or firearms." (See http://www.mdcoastdispatch.com/article.php?cid=18&id=7715 )

                  Of course having a law and enforcing it may be two different things.

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                  • #10
                    Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                    The only thing that I would change would be to draw more people there in the off season. There are so many quaint bars and restuarants open in the winter. OC could really draw in people for the winter w/ some fun and festive things to do? fireworks over the beach for New Years? Parade for New Years Day? a Mummers type parade? More organized activities?



                    For summer, not a thing needs to change for me. I do agree w/ the nasty t's in the back of the store. Just like the years of yesterday when the Xrated movies were in the back, behind a curtain.



                    Concerts? who knows. Do the locals even want this though? They may LOVE the off season and its quite?

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                    • #11
                      Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                      Originally posted by tequilanddonuts

                      I would love to see a bandshell on the bayside at Northside park or at the Convention center. People could sail or boat to hear live music with great acoustics from the bandshell and the audience would bring lawnchairs like they do now.

                      Second, a complete restoration of either the OC Racquet club or that old mall on 94th Street into a YMCA. We locals would love to have our own YMCA with afterschool programs and childcare, and something for the older kids too, along with exercise and gym glasses, basketball etc.
                      Obviously you haven't checked out the programs offered by the Ocean City Department of Recreation at the Northside Park complex.
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                      • #12
                        Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                        I would like there to be more truthful advertising. There are several establishments who falsely claim they are "world famous" or their product is. Another popular lie is the use of "voted best " slogan, which most of the time can't be substantiated or is based on an outdated rating by an insignificant source. Give me a break.

                        Businesses that exaggerate their quality don't rate well and just make themselves look stupid by trying to insult the public's intelligence.

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                        • #13
                          Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                          Originally posted by OCGuy

                          There is a new ordinance that limits these display of T-Shirts to inside the store. I believe they are not supposed to be visible from the boardwalk. According to the 18 December Maryland Coast Dispatch "The ordinance now prohibits any crude language or explicit content from outdoor displays as well as any products that promote the usage of drugs, alcohol or firearms." (See http://www.mdcoastdispatch.com/article.php?cid=18&id=7715 )

                          Of course having a law and enforcing it may be two different things.


                          It would be nice if the boardwalk patrol could enforce that ordinance to PEOPLE wearing the tshirts too! There are some really disgusting ones walking around.

                          The only other thing that really, really bothers me is people walking barefoot on the boardwalk. The boardwalk is a disgustingly dirty place (bird droppings, people spitting, food, etc) and I always see people walking in their bare feet up and down. I actually watched one MAN walk barefoot into a public restroom on the boards! I almost tossed my lunch just thinking about what his feet were coming in contact with. I know it's the beach and all, but I do think from a health standpoint that people should be required to wear some sort of footwear on the boards.
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                          • #14
                            Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                            Less Condos and high rises. Call me old fashioned, but even when I was a kid 25- 30 years ago, there were less condos and high hotels and the town just seemed more "town-ish" and less "city-ish".....it had charm. I still love OC and I agree it has everything....but there are just things that I miss that it USED to have.

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                            • #15
                              Re: If you could change one thing about OC what would you ...

                              Great topic.

                              I would like to see a change in the number and variety of shops on the boardwalk with fewer head shops, a ban on blaring music outside the business, and more opportunities to buy clothing, art, jewelry, crafts, food, that is not of the cheapest lowest common denominator. I would not trade OC for 10 Rehoboths but they seem to have revitalized their boardwalk shopping district to an extent that OC has been unable...of course they always forget to order sand for their beach, but that's another story!



                              OC had unique shops like the glassblower, some intersting souvenir shops, and family run food stands at one time but they slowly disappeared and were replaced by inferior businesses. Worst case scenarios abound with the obscene t-shirts others have noted, and in one instance a family food stand being blasted with "music" from an adjacent head shop that is so loud you can't order food without raising your voice.



                              Personal tastes aside, none of us really gets our dollar's worth with the current selection of trade on the OC boardwalk.

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