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One street artist in Ocean City is suing the city over new rules he says are overly restrictive and violate his first amendment rights.
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One street artist in Ocean City is suing the city over new rules he says are overly restrictive and violate his first amendment rights.

Mark Chase is a spray-paint artist. He used to perform daily near North Division Street in Ocean City making and selling his paintings on the boardwalk. But recently, the City Council voted to ban activities that draw crowds in that area.

The council also cites concern from fire department officials who say there are potential safety issues.

Chase claims he's been harassed by police who ordered him away from a different boardwalk location. He's also fighting an issue with the town which requires performers to pay for permits.

Ocean City Solicitor Guy Ayres says there are other areas where street performing is permitted. Ayres also says he doesn't believe Chase's rights were violated.

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