Ocean City on Wednesday will restore some curbside parking to Bay Avenue near the .
Citing concerns about student safety, Mayor Jay Gillian had asked city crews two weeks ago to add yellow paint to most of the curb between 18th and 20th streets on the county-owned Bay Avenue.
The mayor's unilateral decision led to a meeting Tuesday with Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo, Police Chief Chad Callahan, Cape May County Freeholder Will Morey and Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster.
"It was a positive and productive meeting, and I am fully satisfied that the county has the same concerns about student and pedestrian safety that I do," Gillian said in a statement.
Many students cross Bay Avenue from the bayside "Riviera" neighborhood to get to the Intermediate School. Gillian said he worried that it's hard for cars driving on Bay Avenue to see pedestrians stepping out from behind parked cars. Dattilo said new crosswalk laws have made pedestrians in general much more bold.
In accordance with state law, 90 feet of the new "no parking" zone across from the "T" intersection of Walnut Road and Bay Avenue will be preserved, according to Dattilo. Parking will be restored on other parts of Bay Avenue in the two-block stretch near the Intermediate School.
The state prohibits parking near intersections for the reasons cited by Gillian.
Gillian said the county agreed to provide new pavement markings for improved safety and is seeking grant money for "more dramatic safety improvements."
He said the city and the school district are working on improvements to the parking area adjacent to the armory building on 18th Street, which could be used by school personnel.