Pressed About Jumping into Baltimore Harbor, Mayor Scott and Others Admit it’s Still Unsafe and Illegal Outside of Organized Events

Mayor Brandon Scott leapt into the gray-blue water yesterday wearing nothing but a bathing suit. Moments later, 149 others joined him.

To all appearances, on a bright Sunday morning at the Bond Street Wharf in Fells Point, it seemed as if the city was declaring the long-polluted harbor now safe for swimming and encouraging Baltimoreans to enjoy it with no health concerns.

But when pressed, Scott and others painted a different picture, saying it is still illegal to jump into the water off the promenade, that the necessary swim safety infrastructure is still years from being built, and that the water still doesn’t meet Maryland’s water-quality standards a significant percentage of the time.