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Local, State Leaders Talk Pokemon Go at MACO Conference in Ocean City

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Father and Son playing Pokemon Go. (Photo: WBOC) Father and Son playing Pokemon Go. (Photo: WBOC)
Pokemon Go sign in Berlin. (Photo: WBOC) Pokemon Go sign in Berlin. (Photo: WBOC)
In-game screenshot from Pokemon Go. (Photo: WBOC) In-game screenshot from Pokemon Go. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - This week, Ocean City has played host to the annual Maryland Association of Counties Conference being held at the convention center.  The event is designed for local and state leaders to get together and discuss the issues counties across Maryland are dealing with.  Normally ranging from law enforcement strategies, to marketing ideas.  Friday, the popular smart phone game, Pokemon Go, was a hot topic of discussion.

It seems like almost everywhere you go these days, you'll find at least a few people playing the popular game, Pokemon Go, on their phones.  Players WBOC spoke with Friday in Ocean City said there is nothing quite like catching that elusive Pikachu, but they love the game for other reasons as well.

"Just going outside," said Kyle Thomas of Annapolis.  "I wouldn't be out here if it weren't for it.  I would probably be sleeping at home right now."

"There's two things.  One, I get to spend time with my son," said Joseph Ciccarelli, who is vacationing in Ocean City from New Jersey.  "Another thing, to be honest is, I have to walk around and ride my bike.  I'm doing a lot more exercise than I have been doing previously.  I've actually lost 10 pounds doing this."

But with positives come the negatives and the combination of the two sparked the conversation Friday at the Maryland Association of Counties.  There was an hour long panel discussion held Friday afternoon at the convention center to give strategies on dealing with the negative aspects.

"So, you've heard about some of these robberies in College Park.  We have the Assistant Chief of Police here from College Park with us today.  People put out lures and draw people to their locations," said Kevin Klase, the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Counties.

The discussion was also focused on taking advantage of the game and the positive impacts it can have on a community.  Letting leaders know how they can bring together all different types of people who are all playing Pokemon Go.  It's something current players see on a daily basis.

"The comradery.  You just walk around and meet new people and have a ton of fun while doing it," said Caleb Foxwell of Ocean City.

One of Ocean City's Pokemon hot spots is Northside Park.  WBOC found dozens of players there on Friday morning and nearly everyone interviewed said there is one thing a Pokemon Go players needs to not only enjoy themselves, but stay safe while playing the game.  Common sense.

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