Senator Mary Beth Carozza (District 38) vowed to work with Ocean City officials, law enforcement, her colleagues in the legislature, and the Hogan Administration to take action in response to the havoc and destruction caused by H2Oi participants in Ocean City Maryland over the weekend.
“I join with Mayor Meehan and all our community stakeholders, partners in law enforcement, in the legislature, and Governor Hogan’s Administration in working together to take the necessary actions to protect our home community,” Senator Mary Beth Carozza said. “We will do whatever it takes to protect the residents and visitors of Ocean City. All options are on the table for future action.”
During the 2019 legislative session at the request of the Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and Police Chief Ross Buzzuro, Senator Carozza introduced legislation (Senate Bill 682) to increase the penalties for traffic violations in Special Events Zones in Worcester County for negligent driving, driving or participating in a race or speed contest, and other reckless driving. Delegate Wayne Hartman (District 38C) introduced a companion Special Event Zones bill in the House of Delegates.
The original Special Event Zone legislation, introduced by then Delegate Carozza and passed in 2018, established a Special Event Zone during motor vehicle events in Ocean City and allowed for increased fines for speeding to begin to increase public safety. However, the 2018 bill did not include increased penalties for other violations like reckless and negligent driving in a Special Event Zone. In 2018, 2,222 total citations were issued for violations in Special Event Zones, almost a third of those citations were for violations not covered in the current Special Event Zone law. Senate Bill 682 would have covered these additional violations.
The 2019 bill would have increased the penalty for traffic violations in a Special Event Zone to a $1,000 fine if convicted of negligent driving; driving or participating in a race or speed contest; or skidding, spinning of wheels, or causing excessive noise.
“The increased reckless, destructive, and illegal activity over the past H2Oi weekend demonstrated that the Maryland General Assembly should have passed our 2019 special events increased penalties bill. I will continue to work with Mayor Meehan, Police Chief Buzzuro, the Hogan Administration, and my colleagues to take all necessary actions, including legislation, to protect our home community.”
Ocean City, MD – Senator Mary Beth Carozza issued the following statement regarding the agreement reached between McCready Health and Peninsula Regional Health System resulting in McCready Health to join PRHS effective November 1, 2019.
“I want to thank the leadership of McCready Health and Peninsula Regional Health System, our county and local elected officials, community and business leaders, and all those who worked so hard to keep a health care facility in Somerset County, which is absolutely essential for the health and well-being of county residents as well as for jobs and economic development in Somerset County.
Working together, I will continue to advocate and urge the appropriate State agencies to move forward with final approval expected later this fall which would allow for the building of a new Freestanding Medical Facility in Crisfield to be known as the McCready Health Pavilion. This agreement puts Crisfield and Somerset County in a strong position now and in the future to ensure quality health care for local residents and keeps solid jobs here in Somerset County.”