Ocean City Approves Offseason Beach Horseback Riding

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Horse lovers can now ride on Ocean City’s beaches.

Ocean City’s Town Council voted 4-3 vote Monday night to allow horseback riding on the beach from Nov. 1 to March 30 with a $50-per-horse season permit. Council members say a $20 daily permit will also be offered. Riding will be allowed from 27th St. to the south end jetty. Riding in dunes or nesting areas will be prohibited and those who don’t clean up after their horse can be fined $500.

Councilman Brent Ashley told The Baltimore Sun he got the idea from the mayor of Wildwood, N.J., which recently began allowing horseback riding on its beaches.

The councilman says feedback has been positive and pony rides and a horse festival are possibilities to draw more visitors.

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