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Downtown Parking Meter Changes Now in Effect

Enforcement hours are extended to 9 p.m., and meters now accept nickels and dimes.

City Council that would have doubled parking meter fees in Ocean City's downtown shopping district. But the council did approve a few changes that take effect immediately, according to a June 21 news release from the Ocean City Police Department.

The changes apply to Asbury Avenue between Sixth and 14th streets and to the blocks of certain downtown sidestreets between Central and West avenues. The changes are as follows:

  • Meter enforcement hours are now 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (The old hourse were 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • The maximum parking time increases from two hour to three hours.
  • Meters will now accept dimes and nickels as well as quarters.
  • New meters will be placed on the east side of the 1300 block of Asbury Avenue.

The parking meter fees remain at 25 cents per hour in the downtown district. Dimes (24 minutes) and nickels (12 minutes) will now be accepted.

In extending the enforcement hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., City Council suggested last month that the move would help downtown merchants by preventing Boardwalk traffic from taking up spaces by using Asbury Avenue as free parking.

The maximum time limit increase allows visitors more potential time to dine and shop in the downtown.

All signs reflecting the changes are now posted, according to Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang.

robert June 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM
the meters in front of B&B down to 8th st now also take credit cards
Amanda Thomas June 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
how? that's awesome
Duffer June 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Notice how empty the street is in the picture with this story. You can thank parking meters for that. I don't pay for the privilege to shop. I go elsewhere.
Eleanor June 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Agree with Duffer. Originally 'awesome' used to mean that it made you feel shock or fear or intimidation. Yeah, then it is 'awesome'. Otherwise it is pretty sad commentary when solution to the parking issue is to take credit cards as well as cash. The problem as Duffer said is that you should not have to pay to patronize the downtown shops especially when there are so many places in a short drive where you can park for free while you shop.
Jan bye June 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I understand and accept parking meters. Without them you would have NO parking spaces available to park while shopping downtown. there are great shops downtown and now the nickels and dimes are accepted for shirt visits, there should be no complaints.
vic June 24, 2012 at 02:57 AM
without parking meters the store owners and their employees would monopolize all of the parking on asbury ave. meters are a necessary evil.
Duffer June 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
They are not a "necessary evil". Parking time limits are easily enforced in other communities with a piece of chalk to mark the tire and ground. They still write tickets for people parking beyond a set time limit without meters.
capnjohn May 06, 2013 at 05:05 PM
About half the meters do not work. You put money in and get no time. Then you get a ticket and have to take time off to fight it.

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