Smart Growth Maryland is a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns. A major component of this campaign is focused on implementing smart growth policies at the local level across Maryland.
Ocean City historic marker in front of Dumser’s, 2017.
Nostalgia is a powerful force. The sights, smells and sounds of the Ocean City Boardwalk are tangible links to our own past. The places themselves – the Thrashers, Trimpers and Fishers – are tangible anchors to another time and conjure up fond memories of warm summers spent with the Atlantic’s cool breeze.
Unfortunately, Dumser’s iconic ice cream stand is not the only historic place at the ocean resort threatened by the lack of preservation planning.
From quaint early 20th century hotels to the glitzy and fun mid-century modern motels, few if any of the town’s historic structures are protected.
Eden Roc Motel, mid-century motel in Ocean City, MD.
Like the shifting sands below the Boardwalk, ocean resorts are always changing. Preservation Maryland is not opposed to change and does not believe everything older than 50 years in Ocean City is historic.
However, there are places worthy of our attention – places that are powerful reminders of the town’s proud history and past. Those places deserve our attention, support and concern.