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Ocean City Prepares for College Takeover Week

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The town of Ocean City is preparing for "college takeover," an unsanctioned event where 40 to 50,000 college students are expected to visit from June 5th through 9th. The event is known for becoming rowdy.

The past two college takeovers were held in Virginia Beach. In 2013, there were multiple shootings, stabbings and overall bad behavior. In 2014, the police were prepared and handled it differently. According to Ocean City Police, they will model their plan of action after Virginia Beach Police.

"The plan is for us to have all hands on deck, all officers will be out and just to accommodate all the events taking place within the first week of June," said Chief of Police Ross Buzzuro.

Michael Cantine owns Fat Cat's, an airbrush shop on the boardwalk. He said he is looking forward to the business he will get from the college-age crowds.

"We like the college crowd and hopefully they'll like us," he said. "Make some money and everybody will be happy."

But not everyone is happy about the possible influx of college students roaming the town. Local Uv Joci said he is worried what happened in Virginia Beach could happen in Ocean City.

"I think it's gonna be really bad for Ocean city, because these kids they're gonna come from all over, they're gonna come from everywhere and they're gonna hit the city really hard," he explained. "Lot of underage drinking, lot of accidents."

Bars and restaurants in the area are already prepared for big crowds in the summer, but it is hard to predict just how many people will come for college takeover week.

Police said they are hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. They are recommending others do the same.

"We'll be staying open a little bit later," Cantine said. "We're gonna staff up a little bit and have enough help to handle it."





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