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Police, neighbors gird for large summer crowds at Sandy Point

Police, neighbors gird for large summer crowds at Sandy Point

Sandy Point State Park has become one of the most popular destinations in the state park system, but it has also become a source of frustration for nearby residents and law enforcement who must endure the onslaught of summer visitors.

Sandy Point draws more than 1 million visitors a year, ranking behind only Assateague, Gunpowder Falls, and Patapsco Valley in visitors last year. But the park that looks out on the Bay Bridge can accommodate only about 5,000 people and often reaches capacity by 10 a.m., driving disappointed beachgoers and fishermen to spots just outside the park and in surrounding neighborhoods, where they wait until spaces open in the park.

"People would...

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