With the possibility of an offshore wind farm obstructing Ocean City’s natural Atlantic view, resort officials are working consistently to make sure the quest for alternate energy does not impact the horizon that residents and property owners’ treasure.  Currently, two companies are seeking permission to install wind turbines in the ocean directly off the Ocean City coastline. The proposal includes a total of 139 turbines, which stand 600 to 800 feet tall, located as close as 13 miles from the Ocean City shoreline. Photographic renderings show that these structures will be clearly visible from the beach and more visible from higher story buildings.

The Ocean City Mayor and City Council have openly supported clean energy, including offshore wind, however; have expressed serious concern for these projects to be done in a responsible manner. “With the construction of 139 windmills off Ocean City’s coast, each structure more than twice the height of the tallest building in Ocean City and blades the length of a football field, there is no questions they will be visible from our shoreline especially when they are lit up at night,” stated Mayor Rick Meehan. “It is a threat to our environment, our property values, our economy, and the future of Ocean City. It is simply irresponsible.”

The Town of Ocean City is asking that these projects be moved further offshore in order to keep the pristine ocean view that residents and visitors know and love.  There is no questions that this is feasible, as wind farms proposed in Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks are all located more than 25 miles of the coast. The companies developing the Ocean City, Maryland project are opposing the town’s efforts to move the wind farms because it will increase their costs and could delay construction.

“We understand the time and money that is potentially involved in moving the wind farms, but those concerns do not justify placing Ocean City’s future at risk,” Meehan continued. “These turbines are permanent installations. We only have one chance to make this right and if that means the projects get delayed or the developers make a little less profit, it will be money and time well spent to protect our Town.”

If you share our concerns regarding the impact of these projects, please contact your State and Federal elected officials and let them know that you oppose the construction of offshore wind farms that are visible from Ocean City.

REACH OUT TO YOUR US SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN AND STATE DELEGATES

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=MD

http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/39fed/06ushse/html/rep.html

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