I disagree with the overall characterization of Ocean City and many points made in "Breezing Down the Boardwalk: Resorts of All Sorts" {Metro, July 10}. My family has stopped going to Rehoboth Beach and started going to Ocean City during the past several years. The reason for this has a lot to do with the quality of the beach and ocean -- not the color of our necks.

Rehoboth Beach is located near the mouth of the Delaware Bay and the shipping channel into Philadelphia. The ocean at Rehoboth is a cesspool. The ocean at Ocean City, 24 miles to the south, is clean. In fact, the ocean was so clear there during the Fourth of July weekend that you could see fish and the bottom in four or five feet of water. At Rehoboth you are lucky if you can see anything two or three inches into the water. Also, the water at Rehoboth sometimes has a bad smell. Therefore, the statement in the article, "the sand and the sea are much the same in Delaware and Maryland beach resorts," is incorrect.

Another fact which was overlooked is that Ocean City is much more than just the boardwalk and "high-rise condominiums and hotels {that} loom like cliffs above the beaches." Much of Ocean City between the boardwalk and 100th Street is low-to-medium density, and the beaches there are not crowded. Because most people who use these beaches are condo owners or paying $500 a week rent, you don't see any "rednecks . . . punks, motorcycle gangs and people with lots of tattoos."

Because Ocean City includes 19 miles of beaches, many of its beaches are actually less crowded than the beaches at Rehoboth and even Bethany, as the picture accompanying the article indicates. JOHN STEWART Silver Spring

EDRR .1 The debate over development in Ocean City {Outlook, July 5} comes about 15 years too late. Vacationing there now is as much fun as sightseeing on the Beltway. THOMAS SLINKARD Wheaton