The boardwalk in Ocean City, Md.
When the last nail was hammered in on the new Ocean City Boardwalk last April, one of the things that was a bit hush-hush as far as amenities go was the fact that underneath the city's most famous wooden walkway now sits miles and miles of fiber-optic cable, which gives Ocean City the capability of installing surveillance cameras anywhere on the boardwalk.
Mayor Rick Meehan says installing those cameras will be the first step in the city's plan to send a very clear message to visitors that Ocean City is still a safe place to vacation, and they aren't going to be shy about letting people know about the cameras.
"We are going to make it known that they exist here in Ocean City and make it known that we are going to be watching what's going on," he says. Meehan notes that authorities will only focus on those that are looking to do the wrong things.
The cameras will shoot in high definition for facial recognition, and the police department will use license plate readers at major town entrances. They will also launch a new intelligence division to monitor potentially problematic groups before they even get to Ocean City.