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Ocean City Creates Parking Task Force

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- During the summer months, Ocean City is swarming with locals and tourists. With more people in town, that can mean less parking spaces available. Now, Ocean City officials are launching a parking task force.

"About a year ago we had a strategic planning session and parking was one of the issues discussed.The council made a decision during that planning session to put together a task force to look at parking in general, how it affects Ocean City, the different components," said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. 

The task force is made up of council members and people living nearby to provide a more accurate view on parking in Ocean City.

The mayor says it's not certain what parking issues will arise and be addressed from the task force, but they're ready and willing to address those issues should any come up.

"There's been talks of permit parking, there's talk of adding parking, there's always been talks of parking garages, and I think all of those issues will be on the table," Meehan said. 

This isn't the first time parking solutions has been explored in Ocean City. Though the mayor says they've now hired a parking consultant to help pinpoint parking issues, and to see what other cities have done to address it. 

The consulting will cost a total of $21,000, the Mayor's Office says, taken from the general fund. 

People in the area say they're happy the task force has been formed, and they already have solutions they feel will help solve parking problems. 

"I think to park right now is hard, because they've built up so many high-rises. They're not giving any areas where you can park. So at this point, we need more parking spaces," said William Gallagher, who works at 28th St Pit and Pub. 

Dawn Ramashka says she'd like to see the needs of locals met through the task force. 

"If I'm working an eight-hour shift, now I'm basically down to six because I'm paying $18 to park all day and being a local I don't think that that's right. They need to at least give us locals some sort of parking permit."

Meehan says any major recommendations the task force comes up with will probably not be implemented by this summer. 

The first meeting is scheduled to be held in  late February, according to the mayor.

 

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