Ocean City Boardwalk Performers Win Case Against Town Ordinance - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Ocean City Boardwalk Performers Win Case Against Town Ordinance

Posted: May 11, 2018 10:34 PM Updated:

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Eleven boardwalk performers went against the town of Ocean City to abolish a town ordinance's restrictions.  And they won, according to court documents. 

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the majority of the challenged restrictions were to be immediately revoked from Ordinance 62, according to the performer's attorney David Wright. Wright says the restrictions were ruled unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment. 

The only restrictions that were challenged and upheld in the ordinance were, performers cannot entertain past 1 a.m.; no performances can be held on North Division or Dorchester streets due to the emergency vehicle routes; and no equipment can exceed six feet tall. 

Musician Don Bloom says he has no problem with the rules that were kept, he's simply happy to be able to play his guitar wherever and whenever he wants to now. 

"They kept moving us around, we had to register a week in advance and for people that are new to town, they come to town and they can't play that week," Bloom said. 

Bloom says sometimes he was confined to a 5x5 foot perimeter and couldn't maintain a following by moving around.

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says the ordinance was created a few years ago to not only protect the performers, but public safety.

"We felt that the ordinance that was adopted was fair and preserved the first amendment rights of the street performers and it also helped address some of the congestion problems we were experiencing on the boardwalk," Meehan said. 

He says this summer officials will be doing extra patrols to make sure the crowds are safe. 

"Our hope is that it continues to move smoothly, we know that we'll now be faced with some additional issues with regard to crowd control," Meehan said.

No word yet as to if either side plans to appeal the judge's decision on the ruling. 

 

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dorchester County Teachers Demand Change After Violent Student Behaviors

    Dorchester County Teachers Demand Change After Violent Student Behaviors

    Dorchester County teachers came before the school board and superintendent on Thursday night to ask for more support after they say violent student behaviors are growing in the classrooms.

    Dorchester Educators President Katie Holbrook says teachers are being ignored by the board and superintendent in their requests for help, and change needs to happen quickly.

    More

    Dorchester County teachers came before the school board and superintendent on Thursday night to ask for more support after they say violent student behaviors are growing in the classrooms.

    Dorchester Educators President Katie Holbrook says teachers are being ignored by the board and superintendent in their requests for help, and change needs to happen quickly.

    More
  • "Hood Fight Salisbury" Cell Phone Videos

    "Hood Fight Salisbury" Cell Phone Videos

    27 cell phone videos depicting brutal streets fights among teenagers in Salisbury were posted online. Local leaders including the Mayor, State's Attorney and a Reverend react to the media.More
    27 cell phone videos depicting brutal streets fights among teenagers in Salisbury were posted online. Local leaders including the Mayor, State's Attorney and a Reverend react to the media.More
  • Ocean City Officials React to Back to School Start Date

    Ocean City Officials React to Back to School Start Date

    Lawmakers have voted and the choice could be in the hands of Maryland school districts to decide when school is back in session. 

    But, Ocean City officials argue a shorter summer, could negatively impact the local economy. 

    More

    Lawmakers have voted and the choice could be in the hands of Maryland school districts to decide when school is back in session. 

    But, Ocean City officials argue a shorter summer, could negatively impact the local economy. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices