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Ocean City Inlet Parking Rates Increase for July 4th

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A quiet Inlet parking lot at Ocean City before July 4th (Photo: WBOC) A quiet Inlet parking lot at Ocean City before July 4th (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.-- The Inlet parking lot in Ocean City will raise prices for Tuesday, July 4th. Instead of paying an hourly rate, visitors will pay a $50 flat rate if they enter the parking lot between 6 am and noon.

However, prices drop down as the day goes on. After noon, the fee is $30 and anytime after 3 pm is $20.

Visitors are concerned with the new pricing adjustment. They say that they're less likely to come back to the lot.

"It is a little steep for the average person to spend that kind of money to come to the best place in Maryland," Andrew McMillan, a visitor to the area, said.

Maryland native Melissa Rolewicz also thought that the holiday prices were steep.

"I think people will find other places to park. If they really want to be here, they'll be here. I just don't know if they'll be in this lot," she said.

Ocean City councilman, Wayne Hartman, explains that some of the main reasons for the up-tick in pricing is to combat traffic that builds up in the parking lot and to look out for local businesses on the boardwalk.

"The real purpose of the flat rate is so that people can exit in an efficient manor. In the past when we had fourth of July end and it was the hourly rate, everyone was leaving at one time. So we could have a traffic jam at the exit of the parking lot for up to two hours," he said.

Other tourists say they're thinking about finding other places to park come next week.

"I think they'll still come, but I think they won't be happy. That's a big chunk of money they could be spending at businesses on the boardwalk," Mike Bonneau said.

This isn't the first year for the increased Fourth of July parking rates. The city council first implemented them in 2013.

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