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Locals Weigh in on St. Michaels Parking Options

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ST. MICHAELS, Md.- Wednesday was a pretty calm and quiet day in St. Michaels, but then again it is the end of March.  Give it a couple of months and Talbot Street will pretty much be a parking lot.  Now, the town is looking at ways to solve that problem, and one of the potential solutions is to remove some on street parking on the main road through town.

"Between the crosswalks and the cars parked on both sides, it's very precarious to not hit anyone.  You've got to slow down because there's little kids and dogs and cyclists.  The cyclists, there's no shoulder for them," said Jared Heim of St. Michaels.

The visitors are welcome, however. 

"The town does a nice job of bringing people here, and because of that there is going to be a parking issue wherever you go," said Mark Chew, who owns two restaurants in town, including the 1812 Tavern.

The state wants to improve pedestrian safety in St. Michaels.  One way to do that, the town believes, is to modify street parking.  But some bristle at that idea.

"We need as much parking in town as we can possibly get for the visitors.  Having a business, we want them to be able to park wherever there is available spots," said Laura Chance with Tri-Cycle and Run.

Some say more signs may do the trick, encouraging people to park in lots rather than the street.

"If you look back here right now, there's plenty of parking right here," said Chew, showing us some of the parking lot space around his restaurant.

Others suggest allowing parking only after a certain time.

"Yeah that would alleviate some of it.  Because during the day that's when it's the busiest when it's high noon and everybody's walking around town with their ice cream cones, that's when it gets crazy," said Heim.

The project is still in the planning phase.

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