In Ocean City, they have one of the top 10 beaches in the United States, a fact that Mayor Rick Meehan is very proud of. There is something else that Mayor Mehan is proud of and that’s the lines on their streets. In between the two solid yellow lines is a blue line with no explanation of what it is for. But if you are driving down the street and see the blue line, would you know what to do?
Actually, you would do nothing. The city is very proud of the dedication to service of their uniformed officers and the blue line is for them. It’s the city’s way of thanking their officers for all they do and to show how much they are appreciated.
The Ocean City Police Department has a lot to do with this and as stated in their annual report, the hard work of their law enforcement officers and volunteers has made 2016 another record year in reducing crime.
Mayor Meehan is clearly proud of this accomplishment and in an attempt to also remember the contributions of fallen law enforcement officers over the years, he wanted to memorialize their legacy in a unique way that isn’t a typical road name dedication, memorial, or sign.
It, in fact, is a simple blue line painted between the two already existing yellow road divider lines on Maryland’s 65th street, leading all the way to Ocean City Police Department’s headquarters. Not only is the concept unique, but it is also low budget since all the city needs is some blue paint to use in their already existing equipment. These lines have also been popping up all around New Jersey.
Special signs and memorials have all been used in the past as a way to respect the legacy of the fallen law enforcement officers who have served their community to their best of abilities. For the people of Ocean City however, it looks like their choice in trying something different isn’t necessarily getting the positive blessing from the federal government as they had hoped.