Philadelphia Area Visitors React to New Ocean City Rules for Teens

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Following a Memorial Day weekend of chaos, Ocean City officials have decided to implement new rules aimed at reining in rowdy teens, and some Philadelphia area visitors think they are being too strict, writes Chris O’Connell for Fox 29 Philadelphia.

Ocean City leaders described a wild and raucous weekend where close to 1,000 calls were made to police and EMS, most of them focused on unruly teens.

“The sheer number of individuals was alarming,” said Ocean City Police Chief, Jay Prettyman. “We had an increase in fights. We had eight juveniles that were unconscious due to alcohol that we had to take to the hospital. We had weapons offenses.”

The new rules include an 11 p.m. curfew for kids under 18 as well as a ban on using backpacks on the boardwalk between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. The measures are expected to become official in time for Father’s Day weekend.

However not everybody believes the new rules are warranted.

“I know they are having problems down here, but you can’t even have a bag,” said Hatboro resident, Frank Visco. “It seems kind of strict.”

Read more about the new rules in Fox 29 Philadelphia.


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