O'Malley: Seacrets is Out for This Year's MACo
Consider it the latest casualty of Maryland's budget cuts: Gov. Martin O'Malley's office is announcing today that it is canceling a late-night reception at Seacrets, a sprawling, open-air bar on the main drag in Ocean City, during this week's MACo conference.
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the move would save the state about $12,000. The tab was to be picked up by the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
O'Malley (D) has hosted similar receptions in the past during gatherings of the Maryland Association of Counties, as well as the Maryland Municipal League, which also convenes annually in Ocean City. This year's MACo event was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, after an annual crab feast.
Several hundred tickets already had been printed for distribution at the four-day conference, which draws both county and state officials.
With live music most nights and promotions such as "bikinis and martinis," Seacrets typically draws a somewhat younger and hipper demographic than county bureaucrats. But it has been a favored venue for politicians of both political stripes seeking to make an impression in Ocean City.
The decision to scrap this year's gathering follows closely on the heels of an O'Malley directive for both his office and Cabinet departments to take only essential personnel to the MACo conference.
August 10, 2009; 2:11 PM ET
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