Sunday, April 15, 2012

"High School Daughters"

What the hell is wrong with you?

While the city’s Methodist founders pursued moral and religious objectives, today’s leaders zero in on maintaining a wholesome environment for families, subordinating the desires of adults to the needs of children. Whatever the motivation, that intentional devotion to building “social capital” — the benefits arising from “investment” in community life and human relationships that deliver the greatest satisfaction — has distinguished Ocean City from other Shore destinations and many hometowns.

That foundation has been very good for families, as high school daughters can roam downtown and boardwalk unsupervised with friends on summer evenings without provoking parental anxieties. It has also made Ocean City a cash cow for businesses willing to live with, not bite, the hand that feeds them.