Delmarva Now –
As crews demolish Ocean City’s Boardwalk to its sandy base this winter, treasure hunters armed with metal detectors are arriving in droves, seeking valuables lost between the planks over decades.
“This year, there’s a lot of people coming down,” said Roland, 64, who declined to give his last name.
“I guess they heard the finds that were occurring last year, so they’re all hoping to strike it rich.”
Last winter, the town had its Boardwalk rebuilt from the midpoint to the northern end.
This year, in phase II of the project, they’re downtown. Working about a tenth of a mile at a time, crews laying new boards on one end of the job site while tearing up the substructure at the other, leaving nothing but sand in the middle.
Standing outside The Dough Roller at Second Street, Roland scours that sand using his White’s brand Spectra V3 model metal detector in one hand, and a pole-mounted sand scooper in the other.
Its display shows him how deep an object is, and at what frequency it’s responding to his machine.