Ocean City wants to hear from the public about a number of options available to reconstruct the resort’s famous Boardwalk.
Years ago, a similar approach to a Boardwalk decking project was taken, and the citizens overwhelmingly said they want it to be kept wooden. Times change and it’s worthwhile to gauge public sentiment once again. However, we think it’s bound to be the same majority opinion – wooden is the way to go.
The Boardwalk is one of Ocean City’s most prized jewels. It’s among the first reasons listed when visitors are polled as far as why they come to Ocean City. Surely, the beach and ocean take top billing, but the Boardwalk is close behind.
A trip to the Boardwalk is about the experience, and part of its charm is the wood beneath the feet. It’s part of the rich tradition and history of Ocean City.
To add a concrete path down the middle of the Boardwalk, from 4th to 27th streets, would be messing with tradition. Although it’s said to resemble the look of a wooden surface, there will be no mistaking the surface change.
An argument against going all wood is the money. It’s going to be considerably more expensive, but in this case the additional amount is worth it. It’s going to be interesting to hear what the community thinks.