The Ocean City Council will be staying in the towing regulatory business, at least for now, as it voted Tuesday to raise the cost of a standard tow from $150 to $250.
What it will do next year, after the development of the new Public Works complex forces the city to close its 65th Street impound lot, remains to be seen.
Until then, however, the new rates for the tow and impound lot storage will be in effect.
Of the $250 tow fee, Ocean City would receive $50 as an administrative fee.
A steep increase in impound lot storage at $50 per day was also passed. Under the 2008 ordinance, storage started at $10 a day and increased to $15 an additional day. Drivers would also be charged impound fees per calendar days, so someone who had a car towed at 10 p.m. and picked it up the next morning would be charged for two days.