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O.C. Parking War Between City Officials, Condo Owners

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The parking war between Ocean City officials and beach-area locals is heating up, all over again. Ocean City officials have voted to take 146 Street, along with others, and give them a commercial make-over.

Council members approved the installation of parking meters. The revenue will fill the budget gap, according to city official Terry McGean.

Residents like Gary Gilbert said it isn't fair.

"It would be a shame for us to lose parking for our building," said Gary Gilbert, of Ocean City.

City officials will force beach goers to pay for parking on 49th Street, 131st Street and 146 Street, which is right next to Gilbert's condo.

"I don't know how we could handle it, if we had to feed a meter," said Gilbert.

Gilbert says space is limited as it is. And that's exactly why fellow resident, Lisa Elton, is worried.

"We think people would avoid payment and pull into our lot," said Elton, of Salisbury.

Elton's husband said he's furious with council's decision to revisit what he calls a "ridiculous" proposal.

"I think it's going to start a bad trend," said Dr. Ray Elton, of Salisbury. "I talked with a lot of people over dinner last night. And they are afraid all of the side streets will be made paid parking spaces."

The condo's president Ron Deacon has petitioned and rallied more than 20 residents, including Mac Balkcon, to protest.

"About three years ago they decided to put paid parking in here. And we found out about it when they were tearing up this street," said Mac Balkcon, of Salisbury. "So we went down to city hall and voiced our concerns and they reversed the decision."

Balkon said they plan on doing it all over again.

 

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