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Ocean City College Takeover Not as Expected

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - College Takeover week in Ocean City has not been as large as expected.

According to police, as of Saturday afternoon, there were zero arrests related to the unsanctioned event. In past college takeovers, most notably in Virginia Beach, there were about 40 to 50,000 college students and multiple stabbings and shootings. Police increased enforcement for the June 5-8 event and warned local businesses about the potential crowds.

Steven Deppert, a college student from Pennsylvania, said he heard about the event in advance but saw no sign of it when he arrived.

 "I heard there was going to be full out riots, cars being flipped," he said. "All sorts of stuff like that but I haven't seen anything when I'm down here so far."

Because of the anticipation for the event, many businesses were prepared for the influx of college students.

Jacqueline Ireland is the manager of Conner's on the boardwalk and said she is relieved it hasn't gotten crazy yet.

"Well Saturday nights not over yet but Friday went over with a breeze, no craziness, everybody's just having a good time in the sunshine," she said. "We're used to 200,000 in crowds, so Ocean City's used to crowds, and we're used to the kids getting out of high school, they're mischievous, they're teenagers."

A promoter for the event, Marz Grizzly, said Saturday is the night where it could all get crazier.

"It's about to be real alive out here on this boardwalk," he said. "Period, point blank."

Police are still ready for the rest of the college takeover week which runs through Sunday.

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