CRISFIELD,Md.- The Crisfield City Council will soon vote on whether weddings on Wellington Beach will be allowed.
Councilmember Kim Lawson said the council supports the idea of bringing beach weddings to the city, but will have to discuss a few concerns before the measure is approved.
"Is the beach still going to be open to other members of the public while weddings are going on?” said Lawson, who wondered how beach weddings would affect beachgoers. "The size of a wedding on the beach could be 15 people, or as many as 200, and some of those things on a 300- foot-long beach may need to be answered when you make an application.
The Wellington Beach and Park, located at the end of Lorie Quinn Road in Crisfield, saw a couple of visitors Tuesday. Beachgoers took in the sun and a slight breeze from the water.
Billie Chandler is a member of the Friends of the Beach Committee, which has spent years making improvements to the beach. She also owns a catering business. Chandler said many of her clients have inquired about getting married on the beach and describe why it is ideal for any couple.
"We have probably the most beautiful sunset that you'd ever lay your eyes on, and we have nice boats in the background and beautiful seagulls singing" Chandler said. “It's just a beautiful place to have a beach wedding.”
Katelyn Coulbourne agrees.
"I think it's a beautiful place to have a wedding; if someone wants to get married here, I think it's a great idea," said Coulbourne, who spent the afternoon under the sun.
The American Legion owns the beach and leases it to the city. Before the council makes a decision, they want to make sure it is okay with the post.
Cheryl Robertson said beach weddings would create more tourism, and city could benefit from that.
"We need something here to boost the economy,” Robertson said. “It would bring more people to restaurants, so I would definitely say yes to the weddings!”
The Crisfield City Council will make a list of concerns and discuss them, according to Lawson. He said the council will likely vote on whether the city will allow beach weddings by the end of July.