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Ocean City Gets Rid of Additional Paid Parking

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- After hearing the outcry of more than 1,600 people, the Mayor and Council of Ocean City have decided to reverse a new ordinance and to get rid of the additional paid parking around the north side of town.

Condo owner and board member Mac Belkcom, of 146th Street Ocean Place in Ocean City, has lobbied council members since the proposal stage. He has gone to just about every council meeting to voice his dismay, and has walked the streets in sweltering heat to rally locals behind him. Now, 27 days after handing over a petition to the City Clerk, he, along with neighbors, can breathe a sigh of relief as town officials place black plastic bags over the paid parking signage and meters.

"We were shocked that they've moved so quickly to do that," he said after coming from the work session, where the Board of Elections presented the results of the petition to the council. He added, "This shows if you push hard enough, good prevails."

Town officials are working with a budget gap, and to fill it, the council voted to approve paid parking a few months ago. Those areas include Philadelphia Avenue between North Division and First streets, and on 49th, 131st and 146th streets. Which didn't sit well with a lot of locals.

"I have noticed that street has not filled up anymore because of the paid parking," said Adrienne Grafman, of Ocean City. 

But it looks like the town will have to come up with new ways to create new revenue because locals will no longer have to feed the meters.

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