Ocean City Task Force looking at four options to address parking in the area
OCEAN CITY, Md. – The town’s Parking Task Force met Wednesday morning to identify what they can do to make parking easier in the area.
The options include the following:
- Raising rates in the inlet lot
- Raising rates for current on-street paid spaces to 10th street
- Expanding paid parking from 11th to 33rd street
- Expanding paid parking from 34th to 116th street
Some residents and visitors tell 47 ABC that the last thing they want to see is more paid parking spots. One visitor, a disabled veteran, says instead the town should prioritize accommodations for people who park in handicapped spots, like other resort towns on the East Coast.
“We go to Myrtle Beach. And disabled parking is free for veterans and everybody else that has disabilities. Here, it’s not. You get the first hour, which is appreciated, but then it’s $2 an hour on top of that,” says Ronald Carson, an Ocean City visitor.
47 ABC also spoke to Mayor Rick Meehan about the Parking Task Force. Meehan says the group’s last meeting, for now, was on Wednesday. They will reconvene in the fall once the tourist season dies down. He also says no changes will be made this year but a private consultant is working with the town to look at those options of expanding paid parking, hopefully in time for next year’s budget.