Petition Against Ocean City Parking Meters Submitted - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Petition Against Ocean City Parking Meters Submitted

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OCEANC CITY, Md. - A controversial new crop of paid parking meters are now up and busy collecting money in Ocean City, but that is not stopping upset locals from taking action to possibly have them removed.

It was a response petitioners didn't initially expect. More than 1,600 signatures, all in support of removing the newly installed paid parking meters on six Ocean City streets.  They turned in the 395 page document to City Hall on Wednesday.

"I myself knocked on well over 500 doors," says Tony Christ, spokesman for the group OC Tax Payers For Social Justice.

It started with people who live and work in Ocean City, who for their own reasons, didn't want more paid parking come to the town.

Like Mac Balkcom, who lives in Ocean Place condominiums on 146th street, near one of the new parking sites.

"Our position was always, not that we're just against parking meters generally, but we were against the, what we think, was kind of a half hazard way it was arrived at," says Balkcom.

Now, the Worcester County Board of Elections will verify the names on that list.  If the petition is successful, the ordinance will halt until either the City Council calls for a special election, or the topic is placed on the November 2014 ballot.

The ordinance was passed in a five-to-two vote May 2013, and the paid parking is scheduled to last from the first Saturday in April through the third Sunday in October.

The parking meters cost Ocean City more than *seventy eight* thousand dollars, and are expected to bring in more than $100,000 annually for the beach town.


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