One of the more unexpected issues, when moving away from city life and relocating to a remote area in retirement, is trying to get anywhere. We moved to Ocean City, Maryland. The full-time resident population according to the 2010 census, indicates Ocean City has 7,102 citizens (http://ococean.com/media/) . The weekend population varies but at the height of the summer tourist season the numbers are about 325,000 per weekend/ 8 million visitors annually on a strip of land equivalent to 4.5 square miles with ten miles of beach.
During summer season which begins with Cruisin’ Weekend (usually mid-May) the traffic makes driving, shopping, the noise level, and eating out next to impossible. Check the latest Ocean Dispatch article, http://mdcoastdispatch.com/, and the comments of the locals on the weekend are quite clear: “Throughout the course of the weekend and early part of the week, Ocean City residents vented on social media their frustrations over massive traffic backups, infrastructure damage to roads caused by the thousands of classic cars in town spinning out and the massive amounts of litter left behind by irresponsible visitors. In fact, one long-time Ocean City resident described the event in a letter to the editor as “broken” and in need of massive changes before the town hosts it again.”
Now, we are waiting for the Memorial Day weekend and the June Bugs (high school graduates).