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Ocean City Considers Offseason Beach Horseback Riding

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Ocean City is considering allowing horseback riding on its beaches to help increase offseason tourism.

A proposed ordinance would allow horseback riding from Nov. 1 to March 30 with a $50-per-horse permit. Riding would be allowed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The idea was proposed by Councilman Brent Ashley as a way to boost tourism outside of the peak summer beach season.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reported council members are split on the issue, voting 4-3 last week to send the proposal to a second reading in February.

Some questioned whether riders would clean up after their horses despite a $500 fine for not doing so. Others questioned whether it might keep some from wanting to use the town’s beaches because of concerns about horse manure.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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