OCEAN CITY, MD – (August 8, 2017): After seeing numerous violations, the Ocean City Police Department is reminding business owners of a municipal ordinance restricting the distribution of advertisements and handbills in the Town of Ocean City.
In recent weeks, officers have received several complaints of businesses distributing menus and advertisements at area hotels. This nuisance crime often causes excessive litter and leaves the property unsightly.
The ordinance states “it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to cast, throw, place or distribute any advertisements, circulars, handbills or waste paper in the vestibules, doorways, porches or yards of private property or upon private vehicles, from which they may be blown upon and into the public streets, alleys or public places within the corporate limits of Ocean City.” The penalty for violating this ordinance is up to $1,000. Repeated violation could trigger a business license suspension hearing before town officials.
Any property owner that experiences this ordinance violation is asked to contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410-723-6600.