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Ocean City Street Performers Plan Protest On Boardwalk

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A street performer on the Ocean City Boardwalk. A new law allows only one street performer per block to control crowds.
Shawn Grimes
A street performer on the Ocean City Boardwalk. A new law allows only one street performer per block to control crowds.

Mark Chase is a bus driver nine months out of the year, but during the summer, the father of three makes his living as a spray paint artist on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Yet Chase and a handful of other street performers are planning to protest this weekend underneath the famous Boardwalk entry arch against a new lottery system passed by the mayor and City Council which they say violates their freedom of speech and expression.

Chase says he is willing to go to jail to make his point.

"I'm not afraid," he says. "It's for our constitutional rights, its for something we hold dear in our hearts as Americans."

City officials say the lottery will designate only one street performer per block each week, thus easing crowd congestion on the Boardwalk.


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