Wallsurfr: Wow man. Thats a crazy story. Im glad to hear that you made it out of that with everything intact. You are very lucky... and to add to your response, I fully agree.

I was back in OC MD 2 summers ago and had to call the cops because this crazy redneck that was renting out Umbrellas tried to tell me that "He owned this stretch of beach" and that because my fiance's family rented their umbrellas from 2 blocks up the beach that we had to leave and take our umbrellas back to the "other zone"

So, not only did I laugh at this guy and tell him to take a long walk off a short pier. I had to call the cops because I was about to fight the guy. He was cussing in front of my 2 years old neice and three women. Being a typical MD hick. So that cops show up and wrote the guy a citation and warmed him....

So, the following conversation was had with a OC MD PD officer. He looked about 20 years old. I confirmed that NONE OF THE SAND ON OC'S BEACHES belong to ANYONE. Not the hotels. Not the umbrella kook. NO ONE.... So all of these "Swim Beaches" are marked that way based on the HOTEL REVENUE. I mean, we all know that OC MD would not exsist without the hotels and toursist. No offense to MD surfers, but I would say that 99.8% of visitors to OC MD are not there to surf.... Probably better off that way... So, the hotels complain and it affects revenue that the city recieves from them.. So basically, city hall is run by the hotels in OC. Every decision is made BY THEM, FOR THEM....

If hotel guests were interested in watching surfers, or surfing. Then every beach would be a surf beach. And although OC MD has a very strong surfnig community, they are a small number in comparison to the travelers, and since OC MD never established "surf friend" rules back in the 70s and 80s in california, its already too late. There all laws all up and down the cali coast that state that it matters not what you build on the beach, they WILL NOT ISSUE swim only beaches unless it is an ABSOLUTE hazzard...

Anyway, to make a long story short, its all about money. Always has been, always will be...

And the argument that surfers are a danger to each other when positioned in large packs will get the following response from the city: "Well now you cant surf". NO SURFING from 10-6...

its a pain, but since they dont already have rules in place, it probably wont ever change... Im guessing. But its like that in most East Coast towns. I hear the same sh** about VB, about Wrightsville.... All the usual suspects have the same problems...