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Ocean City Mayor Plans to Meet With Governor Following Chaotic Unsanctioned H2Oi Event

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A minivan does a burnout during the unsanctioned H2Oi event in Ocean City. (Photo: H2Oi Facebook group page) A minivan does a burnout during the unsanctioned H2Oi event in Ocean City. (Photo: H2Oi Facebook group page)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says he wants to meet with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan later this week to discuss a plan to declare a state of emergency if chaos like what happened over the weekend in the resort town occurs again. 

 "I plan to speak with the Governor this week to discuss this in detail and ask for his assistance," Meehan said in a Facebook post. "We cannot let what happened in Ocean City this weekend define us as a community. This must stop and it must stop now."

The mayor was referring to an unsanctioned H2Oi event, in which an intense encounter erupted between Ocean City police and large crowds, leading to an officer being hit with a bottle and a rock.   

After years of disruption and complaints from both town leaders and neighbors, H2Oi was barred from Ocean City. The sanctioned event was moved to Atlantic City, N.J. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the state legislature passed the special event zone bill into law last year, meaning reduced speed limits and increased fines for speeding. 

But that did not keep people from doing burnouts and speeding tires in the resort town over the weekend during an unsanctioned H2Oi event.

Crowds watch cars participating in the unsanctioned H2Oi event in Ocean City over the weekend. (Photo credit: Facebook)

"They placed our town, as well as our citizens and visitors under siege and in danger which is unacceptable under any circumstances," Meehan said. "Our town government, citizens, property owners and businesses must join together as one voice to take whatever action is necessary to stop this group from returning." 

"What took place this weekend in Ocean City can never happen again," Meehan continued. "This group came to town with the sole purpose to raise havoc in our community, to disrupt our lives and defy law enforcement."

 
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