Ocean City senior week officially starts; are june bug complaints justified?
Graduating high school seniors have been arriving at Ocean City since last week, but today marks the start of the city's official senior week program, Play it Safe.
Instead of having the june bugs run amok, the city, with funding from the state, has put together the series of events - pancake eating contests! tie-dying classes! - to keep the teens busy for all of June.
It works, to some extent. Of the estimated 10,000-plus teens that come to the resort every summer, only ten percent of them get busted for drinking. The numbers have stayed pretty constant since at least 2007, according to Ocean City police.
Today's story on senior week looks at how Ocean City is transformed during the summer - last year, service calls jumped from 2,500 in April to nearly 14,000 in June. Some 814 minors, including juveniles and those between the ages of 18 and 20, were cited for alcohol violations just in the month of June alone; for comparison, just 11 minors were cited in September.
The story also includes interviews with local businesses who see the annual infestation with mixed emotions, both good for revenue, but disruptive to the city's laid-back pace.
For those who've spent senior week in Ocean City, are the complaints justified, or are there only a few june bugs?
Photo: H20 on Friday night (Joey Gardner/Special to the Sun)