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Ocean City Police Increase Presence On Boardwalk After Boardwalk Brawl

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- In the aftermath of the boardwalk brawl with police a week ago, police official's said they are increasing their presence on the boardwalk. Lindsay Richard, public affairs specialist for the Ocean City Police Department said police want families to feel safe while visiting Ocean City and as a result people can expect to see more police on the boardwalk on foot, on bicycle and on horseback. 

A flyer promoting a college beach weekend is being linked to the massively large unruly group seen on the boardwalk last weekend. 

"We've determined that, that's what kind of drew this crowd here last weekend," Richard said. 

Lawrence Olsavsky and his family vacation often in Ocean City from Pennsylvania. Olsavsky said he heard about the boardwalk brawl when he and his family arrived to Ocean City that Sunday morning following the melee. 

"My first concern is can a family come down here and stay and not worry about their kids and not being hurt from unruly groups," Olsavsky said. 

Police said over the past week they have been going over what took place on the boardwalk to see what changes are needed to make the boardwalk safer for people visiting. 

"Taking a look at what happened last weekend, we will be stepping up patrols this weekend as well as the rest of the summer, throughout Ocean City particularly on the boardwalk. We don't expect any sort of similar incidents to occur this weekend," Richard said. 

Fights on the boardwalk this summer have not been uncommon, but police said this past weekend's fight was an isolated incident.

"We're not finding any links between previous fights that may have occurred on the boardwalk," Richard said. 

Olsavsky said he and his family have seen a lot of police patrolling the boardwalk since they arrived and don't feel deterred by this particular incident. 

"We feel relatively safe here. This incident I think is an anomaly," Olsavsky said. 

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