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Some 15-Minute Parking Spaces Could Soon be Removed in Crisfield

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Crisfield, Md.- Curbside parking at some businesses in Crisfield could soon be a thing of the past.

The City Council is reconsidering all 15-minute parking spaces, except those in front of the post office, in Crisfield. Some of those spaces sit out of front of businesses that no longer exist.  A couple of council members received complaints about other spots being abused. Council member Mark Konapelsky suggested that business owners reapply for the spaces as a solution.

Dave Johnston, who has owned a bait and tackle shop on West Main Street for more than 20 years,  is against the idea.

" I don't think they should have to reapply. I don't think they should have all day parking for just anybody to park outside of their businesses. I think the spaces they have ought to be vacant for them to pull up and park."

A pair of 15-minute parking spaces sits in front of Johnston's store. He said those spaces have been convenient for his customers.

 " My customers a lot of times are old. The people around here would park in front of my store all day long, so I asked the mayor for a 15-minute sign and he gave me one," Johnston said.  "Now they saying they want to take it down," Johnston said.

Johnston's shop is attached to a business that no longer exists. It now put the two 15-minute parking spots outside of his shop at risk.  

Linda sterling doesn't think removing 15-minute parking spaces from businesses that have been shutdown is a problem.

"I think they should be removed," Sterling said. " If they are no longer there, why do they have them?"

Joyce Collins thinks those spots could still be helpful to people who need to park as close as possible.

 "It wouldn't be too bad, but I think for other people; for older people that are handicapped and don't really want to walk a long distance, it might be inconvenient for them," Collins said.
  
The city council will discuss the near future of 15-minute parking spaces at their next meeting on Wednesday, February 12 in Crisfield.

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