Entire community has an opportunity to really shine


There has been cautious optimism throughout this community over the coming summer season.

A slightly-improving economy, coupled with New Jersey and New York beaches still trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s violent path, is leading many to believe that the rentals here this summer will be filled with vacationers, and area stores and restaurants will be bustling with business. We pretty much agree with that line of thinking.

What’s important now is that we put our best foot forward. We believe that we will have many first-time visitors to our area this summer and, really, throughout the spring over the weekends. This weekend will be a good test of that theory, as Ocean City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is bound to bring many people to the area.

Let’s do this right. Let’s be courteous to our visitors on the streets and in local shops and restaurants. Let’s provide the best customer service we can to make their visits enjoyable and let’s make this a place that they want to return to again and again in the future.We have the natural beauty all around us that people desire, and we have all the services that people would want on their vacations. Let’s show them that this is the place to be, just like all of us already know that it is.

We know there are some out there who are not looking forward to the vacationer season around here. But please keep in mind that without vacationers, you might not have your favorite restaurant or shop to visit anymore. We’re all in this thing together, and it’s important that we do it right.

People have choices with what to do with their money, and if they come down here because of necessity this year, let’s make sure they come back in future years because it’s their choice.

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Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that there will be plenty of celebrating going on around the area both Saturday and Sunday. As is the tradition of the holiday, there will most likely be plenty of drinking going on along with the celebrations.

We ask — or, actually, beg — that you do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Designate a driver. Call a cab. Call a loved one. Call a mere acquaintance. Do whatever you have to do to not drink and drive.

It’s not only your well-being we are concerned with on this matter. It’s everybody else who has to share the road with you. Enjoy yourself this weekend. But don’t be an idiot in the process.