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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Ocean City bagged hundreds of newly metered parking spaces this week after residents petitioned to repeal the ordinance that called for paid spots. "There became a big outcry by a lot of people," Mayor Rick Meehan said Sunday. "Nobody really likes parking meters. " The council voted this spring to add them to select spots in the coastal town as officials sought a way to avoid raising property taxes. Once fully installed, those meters were expected to collect about $120,000 a year, largely from tourists.
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July 15, 2014
I feel that there must be a better solution to the disability placard problem than to place the burden on the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). Disabled folks do not have the strength or mobility to obtain change from sources near their parking meters. They may need to return to the meter several times to deposit coins. A trip to Baltimore city attractions would be futile. Parking tickets would increase for the disabled through no fault of their own. The theft of disability placards to be sold to selfish and insensitive people is a criminal act affecting our most vulnerable citizens.
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January 8, 2014
I read the Jan. 2 "New businesses are coming to Historic Ellicott City" describing how long-standing business are leaving. The businesses: I Love Theater, Taylor's Antique Mall, Subway and Mumbles and Squeaks closed.  Last year saw an improvement in the general economy. Could parking meters, which sure don't contribute to the shopping experience in downtown Ellicott City, while destroying some of the down-home atmosphere, be a culprit? Brenda Kaufman Ellicott City
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January 8, 2014
I read the Jan. 2 "New businesses are coming to Historic Ellicott City" describing how long-standing business are leaving. The businesses: I Love Theater, Taylor's Antique Mall, Subway and Mumbles and Squeaks closed.  Last year saw an improvement in the general economy. Could parking meters, which sure don't contribute to the shopping experience in downtown Ellicott City, while destroying some of the down-home atmosphere, be a culprit? Brenda Kaufman Ellicott City
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By LIZ F. KAY | October 29, 2007
The end of daylight-saving time mistakenly came a week early for some Baltimore parking meters, officials said yesterday, causing some people to get tickets. Drivers who received parking tickets yesterday because of incorrectly programmed Easy Park meters can have them abated, said Baltimore Parking Authority Executive Director Pete Little. The machines had not been adjusted when the federal government changed the dates for daylight-saving time, he said. A parking enforcement supervisor contacted a Parking Authority manager about the problem, Little said, and the machines were reprogrammed remotely from a central computer.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | June 9, 1994
OCEAN CITY -- Out here, parking meters are hot and memories are long.Monday night, the issue of 700 new parking meters drew about 150 people to the City Council meeting. -- a substantial showing in a town of 4,559 registered voters. It generated newspaper ads, angry speeches, rebuttals, booing and even an emotional speech from the mayor.But for now, the meters will stay stored in boxes at City Hall -- where they've been for seven years."I have witnessed in the last two or three weeks this council torn apart, and I have watched the public torn apart," said Mayor Roland E. "Fish" Powell during the Monday meeting.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 17, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Crews are installing state-of-the-art parking meters in downtown Washington, replacing old and damaged meters in an effort to recover lost revenue - and to bolster the battered image of the nation's capital.Only 7,000 of the city's almost 16,000 parking meters work. Many have been vandalized, causing a decline in parking revenues from $1 million a month in 1995 to $260,000 a month in October 1997.The city's Financial Control Board, which oversees many municipal operations, contracted Lockheed Martin IMS, primarily known as one of the nation's major aerospace companies, to install vandal-resistant meters.
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By Sandy Banisky | February 6, 1992
Downtown parking meters soon will be sporting new advertisements -- and making a little money for City Hall -- under an agreement approved yesterday by the Baltimore Board of Estimates.Parc-Ads, a Massachusetts firm, was given a one-year contract -- with four renewal options -- to rent advertising panels on downtown meter posts. After a three-month start-up period, the city will receive 25 percent of gross billings, a share expected to exceed $20,000 a month.Under the contract, Parc-Ads will rent three-sided advertising panels on meters within an area bounded by Fort Avenue, Martin Luther King Blvd.
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February 27, 1995
Ever find yourself with a handful of dimes and nickels when the parking meter takes only quarters?Why be so single-minded?It has everything to do with money -- charging a top rate to park in the prime downtown business district -- and keeping the meters in tiptop shape.Here's how city officials explain it: Of the 12,000 parking meters in Baltimore, about 10 percent take only quarters. And most of them are located in the central business district. Because parking is at a premium downtown, the cost to park per minute is greater there.
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June 27, 2011
Parades, fireworks and backyard cookouts are the order of the day for Independence Day. To help make way for those festivities with family and friends, the following schedule will be in effect in Baltimore County on Monday, July 4. Banks: closed County Ride: closed County offices: closed Courts: closed Federal offices: closed Landfill: closed Libraries: closed MARC: no service Parking meters: free ...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
For years, Annapolis has had a holiday tradition of offering free parking downtown, signified by bags placed over the parking meters. But with new digital meters, there's no need for the bags. And that's leaving some drivers confused, said Rhonda Wardlaw, a spokeswoman for the city. "The red bags won't be there, but the two hours free parking will be," Wardlaw said. The meters have been reprogrammed to show that drivers will get two hours free. The two hours of free parking is in effect through Jan. 1 on Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street, City Dock, Market Space and at the Donner Lot on Compromise Street.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Asking for money near Baltimore restaurants, shops or parking meters would be outlawed under legislation some City Council members say is needed to make residents and visitors feel safer. The proposal, which heads to the full council for its consideration on Nov. 4, faces opposition from advocates for the homeless and free-speech groups, who say broadly limiting panhandling violates the Constitution. The effort is an outgrowth of an attempt by Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector to crack down on those who ask for money in traffic - which is already illegal.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Ocean City bagged hundreds of newly metered parking spaces this week after residents petitioned to repeal the ordinance that called for paid spots. "There became a big outcry by a lot of people," Mayor Rick Meehan said Sunday. "Nobody really likes parking meters. " The council voted this spring to add them to select spots in the coastal town as officials sought a way to avoid raising property taxes. Once fully installed, those meters were expected to collect about $120,000 a year, largely from tourists.
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April 19, 2013
In the off-season, Ocean City often adds some new feature for tourists: a miniature golf course perhaps, a seafood restaurant or maybe a bar that caters to the beachgoing crowd. But here's a possible addition that might not be so welcome - parking meters north of 10 t h Street. On Friday, the Ocean City Council is expected to be briefed on a proposal to create a whopping 4,800 paid parking spaces. The most ambitious version of the plan would require visitors to pay for parking at any space along the streets on the Atlantic Ocean side of Coastal Highway from 10 t h Street to the Delaware line.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
Baltimore City police released the incident report Monday morning about the woman who was attacked by a Rottweiler outside the farmers' market in Waverly Saturday. The attack took place when the dog broke the leash with which it had been tied to a parking meter, witnesses said Sunday. The attack took place about 10:15 a.m. in the 3200 block of Barclay Street, which runs beside the popular 32nd Street Farmers Market, one of the city's largest. According to witnesses, a man tied his Rottweiler to a parking meter behind one of the vendor's trucks and entered the market, where dogs are not permitted.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | July 10, 2012
In the annals of civic improvements, none in Harford County has been watched as closely in recent years as the development of the new Main Street parking lot in downtown Bel Air. As chronicled in our pages, lo these many months over the past year and a half, the town finally bought the vacant BB&T building, the former home of the old Commercial & Savings Bank from back in the days when there really were local banks. With the BB&T building came an adjoining parking lot, once the site of the old Vaughn Hotel building that was demolished after the Great Bel Air Fire of 1972.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | February 5, 1992
County Executive Charles I. Ecker is being forced to renege on a campaign promise and begin charging for parking spaces in front of the county office building.To be fair, "renege" was not Ecker's choiceof words. During the campaign, he promised to eliminate the parking meters in front of the county office building. He never promised to stop using them forever.Monday, the hoods that covered the meters for the past year were removed. It now costs 25 cents an hour to park close to the building.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1999
New parking meters on North Charles Street have created such a community uproar that city officials have agreed "as a measure of good faith" to suspend installing meters in the area until after a public meeting in two months.With the arrival of new businesses and the recent renovation of the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood building -- which includes dormitories, offices and retail space -- residents near 31st Street are angry that the meters threaten their free parking and may cause a shortage of spaces.
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
1. The main food groups are seafood, candy and beer. Though Rehoboth Beach is justifiably well known for its seafood restaurants, homemade fudge and taffy, and the excellent ales at the Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats, the culinary scene offers much more. In recent years, several restaurants with a farm-to-table focus have opened, and more are on the way. Ethnic food is also gaining popularity. For example, the Cultured Pearl Restaurant and Sushi Bar (www.culturedpearl.us/) serves Asian food, Dos Locos (doslocos.com)
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By Kathy Hudson
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| March 19, 2012
I was away this weekend in Rehoboth. As usual, I experienced one of the best parts of travel: unexpected pleasures. On Friday I rode down with a woman I've known all but 10 years of my life.  Being with a friend of so many years is like travelling with family.  Nothing needs to be held back. Honesty of opinion is expressed. Differences are known, understood, and generally appreciated. Still, it seems that new ideas and thoughts are always discussed. This and shared experiences are part of what keeps friendship fresh.
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