OCEAN CITY — While no firm decisions have been made much more work to be done, the resort’s parking task force appears poised to recommend a plan that would hike the rates during the peak times, but throw a bone to residents and visitors in the shoulder season.
The parking task force reconvened on Thursday after a summer hiatus, during which City Engineer Terry McGean and his staff along with consultant Dan Kupferman collected data, took aerial pictures and crunched numbers to come up with a series of options for increasing parking revenue while making it equitable and affordable for residents and visitors. Thursday’s first task force meeting after the summer break focused on the fee structure in existing paid-parking areas including the Inlet lot, the various municipal lots and on the street in certain areas downtown.
“We took the opportunity over the summer to collect some data and compile some suggestions from the committee,” said McGean. “My feeling is we got what we needed from the consultant. Now, it’s time for the committee to go to work and start forming some recommendations to the Mayor and Council. At this meeting, we’re going to review some alternatives for existing paid parking. We’re starting off with the easy one.”