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Legislative efforts are now underway in the Maryland General Assembly to curb the excesses of the event known as H2Oi.

The unsanctioned event that takes place in Ocean City has resulted in more than 15-hundred citations and over 121 arrests along with widespread reckless driving.

The measure would add reckless driving to the Special Event Zone law that would range from excessive and abrupt accelerations or braking to grinding gears or carrying a passenger on the hood or roof of the vehicle.

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Ocean City is changing the dates of its Sunfest this year in an effort to avoid coming at the same time as the unofficial gathering of car enthusiasts known as H2Oi.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the town event will now take place from Oct. 1st through the 4th.

Because this is a Leap Year the previous dates would have pushed Sunfest into the same weekend as H2Oi.

Last year when the car event took place in September there were some 121 arrests with some 15-hundred citations in addition to clashes breaking out among the participants.

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Endless Summer Cruisin’ went without a hitch in Ocean City this week.

And despite rumors there was no return of the unsanctioned H2Oi crowd during the motor event.

But WBOC found a promise on a private Facebook page that H2Oi would return next September 25th.

Meanwhile, the speed limit was lowered to 30 mph with special event zones put in place.

The television station reports that what most concerned resort officials was the high tidal flooding.

From 10th street to the inlet there was some flooding.

Just as Ocean City emerges from last weekend’s chaos that was the unaffiliated H2Oi motor event the same group is planning to crash a separate motor event within the next two weeks.

Endless Summer Cruisin’ takes place on October 10th.

WBOC reports that the Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzoro says that the resort is already looking for ways to deter the bad behavior of last weekend.

The television station reports that more than 700 people have signed up online from the unofficial H2Oi group to be in Ocean City for Endless Summer Cruisin’.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A big gathering of car enthusiasts in coastal Maryland prompts a resort town's mayor to insist there won't be a repeat next year.

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan tells The Daily Times of Salisbury on Sunday that thousands of visiting fans raised havoc, disrupted lives and defied law officers.

Ocean City Police spokeswoman Ashley Miller says a crowd of about 200 people was ordered to disperse Saturday afternoon before officers unleashed pepper spray. Police said the crowd responded by throwing rocks and bottles.

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Ocean City is bracing for the unofficial event known as H2Oi this coming weekend when thousands are expected to flood the resort.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the town has set up an Ocean City Motor Event Task Force.

And Police Chief Ross Buzzuro has said that he officers would exercise a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the motorist about to descend on the resort.

In addition, he said his department plans to partner with other law enforcement agencies to deal with the event.

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Ocean City could get some help in dealing with problems such as excessive speeding and reckless driving at special events.

Delegate Wayne Hartman (R) has put in a piece of legislation that would up the fines for certain traffic violations to a thousand dollars.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that at present higher fines are only affect those who exceed the speed limit.

The resort did lower its speed limit to 30 mph hour last summer for events such as Endless Summer Cruisin’ and the H2Oi.

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“Disruptive” and “disappointing”.

Those were the words of one Ocean City official to describe the gathering of car enthusiasts for the unofficial H2Oi event over the weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were 26 arrests on Friday and 37 on Saturday.

Most of those were for peace and order crimes.

There were also a few DUI arrests.

The paper reports that by noon on Sunday there were 17 more arrests bringing the total to at least 80 for the weekend.

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Ocean City officials have unveiled their safety plans to deal with upcoming car events – especially the unsanctioned H2O event.

WBOC reports that the event has been relocated to Atlantic City but Police Chief Ross Buzzuro still expects large crowds.

The plans include special event zones with lower speed limits along busy roadways and higher fines.

The plans unveiled at a meeting of a city taskforce also announced that resort will keep special zones for Cruisin’ OC.

Another meeting is scheduled after this year’s events to consider any other improvements.

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The H2O International car show is moving its event to New Jersey after a fall out with Ocean City officials.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Showboat Hotel confirmed that the car event will take place there in October.

But there has been no official announcement.

Ocean City officials have complained about disturbances from the event which brings in a large number of young people.

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan told the paper that he had heard that the event was moving during a meeting of the Motor Events Task Force this week.

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The automobile events like Cruisin’ and H2Oi in Ocean City could be changed by legislation from to Eastern Shore lawmakers.

Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R) and State Senator Jim Mathias (D) have introduced bills that would allow the State Highway Administration to carve out special zones for such events.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that these would be similar to work zones.

The measures would give local authorities the power to designate certain zones and establish speed limits to protect the public safety.

Cruisin' OC is Back

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Cruisin’ OC is coming back to Ocean City this Spring.

The town council approved the dates for the car show which will run from May 17th through the 20th.

The vote was 6-to-0.

Still, there were some concerns.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City Council Member Dennis Dare told his colleagues that last year’s experience was unacceptable.

Cruisin’ OC also got the worst rating by the resort’s Police Commission among the six major car events.

H2Oi also got a worst rating which considers nine categories.

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Another weekend, another round of cars descending on Ocean City.

This time it’s Endless Summer Cruisin’ with 25-hundred people signed up for the official event that kicked off yesterday.

It follows last weekend’s unsanctioned H2Oi gathering that involved suped-up Audis and Volkswagens.

That event had actually been called off until next year but many showed up leading to nearly 80 arrests and more than 27-hundred service calls.

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Maryland State Police say they found weapons and drugs the car hit two law enforcement officers during the H2Oi event in Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports they were discovered in the Chevrolet Malibu driven by 18-year-old Antonio Ambrosino.

The paper reports that among the items were a BB pistol and a knife as well as suspected marijuana and a bag of mushrooms believed to be a controlled dangerous substance.

Police say that Ambrosino attempted to speed away from officers to avoid arrest.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The police chief in Ocean City are has blasted participants in the unsanctioned H20i car rally over the weekend for "appalling behavior" that forced officers to respond to more than 2,700 calls.

The annual event brings crowds to Ocean City to showcase heavily modified Audis and Volkswagens.

About two weeks ago, the organizer announced that this year's event would be postponed until 2018. But hundreds of people showed up anyway, beginning Thursday, and caused headaches for local police.

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The notorious H2Oi event may be cancelled but car enthusiasts are expected to still come to Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Ocean City police said that they are making preparations for the large number of car owners.

The event has celebrated heavily modified Audis and Volkswagens but is not officially sanctioned by the resort.

Organizers announced that they delayed the event until next year because of venue issues.

One of the most serious events took place three years ago when a large fight broke out around 45th street.

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The weekend apparently went smoothly for the Ocean City police for this year’s H2Oi International car show.

An Ocean City police department spokesperson told the Salisbury Daily Times that for the most part there were no serious incidents.

The event has become known for reckless driving, drunkenness and crashes as well some fights.

The resort does not sanction the event which takes place in Whaleyville and spills over into the beach areas.

The annual event consists of Volkswagens and Audis that are heavily-modified show vehicles. 

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Ocean City is getting ready for the H2Oi car show this coming weekend.

These are generally heavily modified Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that are water cooled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during last year’s event there were 773 service calls.

That was down from over a thousand in 2014.

In addition, there were 34 arrests last year compared to the 2014 figure of 53.