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Ocean City Council Votes to Ban Hoverboards

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A person riding a hoverboard, a self-balancing scooter. (Photo: WBOC) A person riding a hoverboard, a self-balancing scooter. (Photo: WBOC)
Ocean City Boardwalk where hoverboards will be banned by the Ocean City Council. (Photo: WBOC) Ocean City Boardwalk where hoverboards will be banned by the Ocean City Council. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Council voted Tuesday to ban the use of hoverboards on the boardwalk. 

A hoverboard is a self-balancing scooter that responds to driver commands. 

The Council voted to ban the use of both motor and non-motorized vehicles on the boardwalk, except those expressly permitted by the town.

The Ocean City police chief attended the meeting and recommended the town consider the boardwalk as an official pedestrian avenue.

The town clerk said the chief brought this general recommendation to the Council after much consideration about hoverboards and other motorized vehicles. 

Bikes and segways will still be allowed, just as they always have on the boardwalk, according to the clerk. 

People have different opinions on the matter. Robert Smith of Salisbury, Md. said he just does not want to be around them.

"There's a time and a place. And you want to ride down there this time of year I don't see maybe that wouldn't be so bad an idea. But come on, it's crowded. It's bad enough for bikes and three-wheelers running up and down there, he said."

On the other side of the issue, Devin Zane believes he should not be restricted from using a hoverboard.

"I feel like people should have the ability to just ride around if they feel the need to or whatever they want to do. But nonetheless, it's unfortunate," he said. 

The Council's vote does not immediately make the measure law. An ordinance still needs to be drafted and presented to the Council for approval. 

The town clerk said it will be presented at a mid-February meeting, but it's not clear exactly when the Council will approve it. 

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