OCEAN CITY — Resort police say they are prepared in case a social-media-planned, weekend-long beach party comes to fruition.
In a notice that went out to residents Friday, the city said it has received many questions about a party being promoted through social media.
“The city team and the Ocean City Police Department are aware of the event and have been tracking its planning. While it remains unclear what, if any, impact the event will have, preparations are in place to fully monitor it and to enforce local laws,” the notice said.
Mayor Jay Gillian followed up on the notification in his weekly open letter to residents.
“At this point, nobody knows how many people, if any, might be drawn to the city. The anonymous organizers have made no contact with any local official and released few details on the event. But everybody should know we are fully prepared to make sure this event does not disrupt anybody on the beach, boardwalk or any other part of town,” Gillian wrote.
According to an eventbrite.com invitation, the party is called #BeachSeries2K18 and will be held at three beaches over three weekends this summer. The series is being billed as "College Beach Week like you've never seen before!" A flyer associated with the party circulating on social media shows that in addition to Ocean City, other event locations include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The city said that visitors are welcome, but there will be no tolerance for offenses.
Ocean City is a dry town and public consumption of alcohol is not allowed.
Police will have an increased presence along the beach and boardwalk this weekend, according to the notice and mutual assistance from other towns will be staged on the former auto dealership lot at 16th Street and Simpson Avenue.
“There is no reason to be alarmed. This is just a precaution, but they will be ready to enforce all of our local ordinances. I certainly hope the increased patrols will not be necessary,” Gillian wrote.
To report any incident, call the Ocean City Police Department at 609-399-9111. For any emergency, dial 911.