By Bryan Russo
A much anticipated town hall meeting to discuss the potential for Offshore Wind Turbines, eleven miles off Marylands coast, will take place tonight in Ocean City.
Mike Tidwell is the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to fighting global warming. He's also one of the driving forces in trying to make offshore wind turbines a reality in Maryland.
Tidwell says that tonight's town hall meeting is a historical event: "It's the first time that all the stakeholders have been brought together. So, you are going to have recreational fisherman, you are going to have the offshore wind industry, with the state regulatory agencies all coming together to say what is this offshore wind idea for Maryland and what is it not."
Tidwell says there is growing support for the project, including among Ocean city officials, not only as the potential future of energy for the state, but also as an engine to create thousands of jobs.
Opponents say that the offshore turbines would have a negative impact on their panoramic ocean views.