Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Drinking on the Beach in Ocean City Maryland?

As we all begin to head to the beach, we should take note of the laws surrounding drinking on the beach.

Open containers of alcohol in public in Ocean City Maryland are illegal.  Ocean City Ordinances prohibit drinking alcoholic beverages on any "street, avenue, alleyway, sidewalk, beach, parking lot and vehicle in any of those areas."  The exception is within the few hotels that offer bars/restaurants on the beach.

Side Note: Grilling is also illegal. As is, sleeping on the beach after 10 p.m!

If you are caught with an open container of alcohol this offense can lead to an arrest.  Ocean City Police believe that being strict on this policy will "change the mentality" of beachgoers.  This local ordinance gives police officers the ability to arrest people caught drinking outside In the state of Maryland, public drinking is considered a misdemeanor. This type of offense incurs a fine of up to $100, up to 90 days in jail, and sometimes both.

Many believe this  tourism, ambiance, and the overall atmosphere of this beautiful beach. On the contrary, others believe this is a necessary step for law enforcement, after increases in alcohol violations throughout Ocean City.

If you are arrested in Ocean City Maryland- Contact Portner & Shure, P.A. (410)-995-1515

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