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Sunset Park Hours Reduced to Prevent Homeless Sleeping Overnight

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A homeless man who sleeps at Sunset Park says he'll have to find somewhere else to sleep at night now that the park's hours have been reduced to prevent him from sleeping there. (Photo: WBOC) A homeless man who sleeps at Sunset Park says he'll have to find somewhere else to sleep at night now that the park's hours have been reduced to prevent him from sleeping there. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, MD. -- A small park in Ocean City has new hours that may negatively affect the homeless.

Sunset Park on Philadelphia Avenue is no longer open from dusk until dawn. The town council voted Monday to close the park from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The vote follows complaints from locals about the homeless sleeping in the park overnight. The council said the reduced hours will limit the need for enforcement.

A homeless man who was sitting in the park Wednesday evening said people don't understand how hard it is to find a safe place to sleep at night when a shelter isn't an option.

"I think that's not right," said Michael Morton. "People that got housing and all, they don't look out for people that's out on the street. They are people too, you know?"

Diakonia is a homeless shelter about two miles north of Sunset Park off Route 50 located behind the Francis Scott Key Family Resort lodge. 

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