OCEAN CITY, Md.- Some Ocean City businesses may be a bit short-staffed this summer.
The federal government is cracking down on Eastern European students coming to the U.S. to work in such places as Ocean City and Delaware beaches on what are called J-1visas.
Anne Marie Conestabile, program director for United Work and Travel in Ocean City, said the restrictions came because some students were negatively taking advantage of their privilege of being in the country.
"Over all in our country you are going to see a reduction in the numbers," Conestabile said. "There have been some sanctions placed in certain countries in the Eastern European block and so you will see fewer students come here. There is more scrutiny in the investigation in prior to them arriving here."
For nearly 50 years, Tony Russo of Tony's Pizza along the Ocean City Boardwalk has depended on hard workers in making his restaurant run.
"I hire 90 to a 100 employees a year," Russo said, "Eighty percent are foreign kids and 20 percent are Americans."
This year especially with summer coming, Russo said he isn't sure how the business will do.
"We like them (European students workers) because they do the job right," he said, "They are born to work. They are not coming over here to party, they are coming here for work."
Some other boardwalk business owners like Tom Griffith of Geez Teez said he will not really feel the impact of not having enough European students in the area looking for work.
"I'm not worried at all, I still think there's going to be a flood of help walking around and people looking for help," Griffith said. "I have been working on the boardwalk for a long time and surprisingly this year we've had more Americans applying for jobs and this is really the first year I have noticed that."
As far as Russo is concerned, he said he is hoping he has enough help to handle the summer tourist season.
"We are going to pray to God, that they (workers) come back and that we will have a good summer," Russo said, "If you have no employees you no business."
Conestabile said this year she is expecting nearly 3,000 foreign workers to arrive. She said that is 1,000 fewer students than last year.