City Manager Can Grant Beach Horse Waiver

OCEAN CITY – Less than a week after the town received its first horseback riders on the beach, the ordinance that was passed to allow the activity was looked over and revised.

Last Wednesday Ocean City received its first horseback riders on the beach from Holly Ridge Farm in Powellville and this week the Mayor and City Council had a brief discussion of an ordinance to amend a chapter, Entitled Animals, to allow more than 12 horses on the beach at any time with the approval of the city manager.

The ordinance states that there is no limit on the number of permits that can be sold to allow riding a horse on the beach but there cannot be more than 12 horses permitted on the beach at one time, except by waiver of such limitation by the city manager.

“I think this is a good idea if we had a group that wanted to stay for the weekend, especially a riding club where they might have 15 or 20 members,” Council President Jim Hall said.

Councilman Brent Ashley added that there are horse clubs throughout the region that choose destinations as venues to go and ride.

The Mayor and City Council approved the emergency ordinance with a vote of 4-2, with Councilman Doug Cymek and Lloyd Martin opposed and Councilwoman Mary Knight absent.

After much deliberation, the Mayor and City Council approved horseback riding on the beach last month in a split vote of 4-3. It was approved as a means to attract more visitors in the off season.

Under the approved ordinance, horseback riding will be allowed on the beach only from 27th Street south to the South Jetty at the Inlet from Nov. 1 to March 30 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only leisurely activity will be allowed, including riding or walking the horses. The ordinance prohibits any competitions, such as polo matches or racing. The original ordinance allowed for a $50 seasonal pass, but was amended to include a $20 one-day pass after some debate about the cost being prohibitive.

Those who obtain permits will be responsible for those in their party, and beginning or intermediate riders must be accompanied by an experienced rider capable of controlling the animals. The ordinance includes specific language about cleaning up after the horses including the handling of manure.

3 thoughts on “City Manager Can Grant Beach Horse Waiver

  1. I understood that this was to be given a chance to see if the clean-up part and number of permit requests was in fact worth the ordinance at all. Now they have upped the number of animals allowed after only one week of observation.

  2. First of all, where are all these folks with more then 12 horses, going to keep their horses over a weekend? Also, the very language of the ordinance shows that there is no real understanding of equine activities. Polo could not be played on the beach. Too hard on the horses in the sand, and the ball would not roll. The photos that were published in the paper showed horses doing more then walking already. As far as leisurely activity, I would assume anyone bringing their horse to ride on the beach, would be riding , not walking or leading the horses! If you mean the horses are only to walk on the beach…good luck policing that. As well as the skill level of the riders. This might be a wonderful opportunity for equestrians, but you need to counsel with some real equestrians to at least get a realistic plan in place, let alone the proper vocabulary in your rules and regs. :)

  3. I’m sorry, but Mar 30 cannot come fast enough so discussions on Ciggy Butts, Parking Meters, Scotters, Overseas Student Workers, Marketing OC and JUNE BUGS can re-take the main focus!

    Oh Yeah and High Gas Prices too!!! Sighing on a Chilly Saturday looking out on Assaswoman Bay with March Madness right around the corner! BUSHMAN!!

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