Let's learn from Sailabration's success

June 22, 2012

I attended all five days of the Star-Spangled Sailabration and was amazed to see so many happy faces in spite of the crowds and long waits to board ships ("The second defense of Baltimore," June 20. Since I live at the Inner Harbor, I was anticipating problems and perhaps some trouble, but nothing except good weather and good spirits materialized. Bravo!

With a festival the size of Sailabration, along with its vast number of "moving parts," the organizers, volunteers and city residents should be proud it went so seamlessly.

Yet we also should be asking: Why can't Baltimore be a "Sailabration" city every day? As the 17 tall ships and 28 grey hulls departed — a beautiful sight, by the way — I breathed a sigh of relief. In a word, the week was perfect.

Now it's time for the city and those who live here to learn a lesson. If something so complicated and with so much potential for crime and glitches could be pulled off so flawlessly, it's obvious Baltimore could do the same.

Apparently there was a "no tolerance" policy on the part of the police and the festival organizers. And it definitely paid off. Now's the time to study what went right with Sailabration and act on it.

R. N. Ellis, Baltimore

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