O.C. tilt­ing at wind­mills

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ann H. Jones, El­li­cott City

There are things the elected of­fi­cials of Ocean City need to worry about. They need to worry about in­creased flood­ing through­out the town. They need to worry about the traf­fic that grid­locks the city through­out the sum­mer. They need to worry about the lack of avail­able work­ers to keep their busi­nesses go­ing. They do not need to worry about the im­pact on tourism from off­shore wind tur­bines (“A wind farm de­vel­oper of­fered Ocean City free elec­tric­ity, but re­sort town is still fight­ing off­shore tur­bines,” June 11).

I love Ocean City. I like sit­ting on the beach with the never-end­ing kaleidoscope of col­ors and ac­tiv­ity on a sum­mer af­ter­noon. I don’t mind the ever present boat go­ing by ad­ver­tis­ing an all-you-can-eat seafood spe­cial; the Ocean City Rocket boat zoom­ing up and down; the wind surfers; or even the ban­ner planes fly­ing over urg­ing me to at­tend the two for one drink spe­cial “tonight only” at the lo­cal nightclub (ladies get in free). I’m not at all sure that any­one will be able to see the wind tur­bines 14 miles off shore.

The beach at Ocean City more closely re­sem­bles a “Where’s Waldo” draw­ing than a pris­tine nat­u­ral area. It’s hard to pic­ture an area bet­ter suited to wind en­ergy. And go­ing back to the things you do need to worry about, wind tur­bines may do just a tiny bit to help mit­i­gate in­creased flood­ing in the area.

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