National Folk Festival

Get ready for the National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury.

The city expects to see thousands show up for the event.

WBOC reports that city officials say that within the area of activities parking lot 10 off Route 13 will be available along the parking garage with 720 spaces.

There will also be shuttles from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

Road closures have already begun with part of Division Street and Circle Avenue blocked off to make room for stage set ups.

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If you’re going to go surf fishing in Delaware there are some new parking restrictions.

The vehicles will not have to park single-file instead of side-by-side.

WBOC reports that Delaware officials hope that this will keep out the people who are not surf fishing.

There have been complaints from fishermen of overcrowding.

The number of surf fishing tags has jumped by 30 percent over the last half decade.

It is expected to hit 15-thousand by the end of this year.

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You will soon be able to pay for parking with your phone in Ocean City municipal lots.

The resort is taking plans from a number of companies but the biggest firm is the app Parkmobile.

Among the advantages is that the app would alert you to when your time is running out.

WBOC reports that the Ocean City Police Department issued over 58-hundred parking tickets last year.

The town is hoping that the new app will reduce those numbers.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Free parking has returned to Delaware's beach towns as summer comes to a close, but city officials say parking revenue was generally up this year.

Parking revenue was up in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Bethany Beach but was down in Dewey Beach.

In Rehoboth, more people were using the Parkmobile smartphone app to pay for parking. City manager Sharon Lynn says the number of transactions increased 26 percent this year. The city also saw a 2 percent increase in revenue from parking meters.

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Ocean City has decided to reverse itself and is getting rid of additional paid parking on the north side of the town.

Condo owner and board member Mac Belcom lobbied against the new paid parking.

WBOC reports that officials eventually heard from up 16-hundred people as Belcom visited neighbors and attended just about every council meeting to voice his opposition.

With the decision resort leaders are now trying to figure out how to fill the budget gap left by the loss of the parking revenue.

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Summer is in full swing and the Ocean City Inlet Parking Lot is often full of cars.

But resort officials warn motorists not to lose their parking tickets because it could cost them.

Workers at the lot said that’s because they have no way of knowing how long someone has been at the lot.  So, they said they’re forced to charge for a 24 hour period.

That’s $60 during the week and $72 on the weekends.

Supervisor Gary Masters told WBOC that the policy is discourage people from parking overnight and then claiming in the morning that they have lost their ticket.

The proposed increase in discounted employee parking rate at the Rehoboth Park & Ride on Shuttle Road is drawing concern from some in the beach resort.

DART First State has a proposal that would increase the rate from $3 to $4 while most drivers would see the rate go up from $7 to $8.

And a new policy would limit the number of passengers in a vehicle to four.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that City Manager Gregory Ferrese said that the resort’s budget adopted this month was based on the $3 level.

The Salisbury City Council is set to take up today a new plan by Mayor Jim Ireton for a redevelopment district for the downtown area that would eliminate several parking lots.

Ireton says that a recent study found there would still be plenty of parking in the downtown area with the plan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that over a month and a half’s time the city actually counted the spaces used in the downtown area by the parking garage and five nearby lots.

Ireton says that no single politician or blog can argue there is a problem with parking in downtown.


Summer time is just around the corner and the parking will no longer be free in some beach towns. 

On May 15 those visiting Bethany Beach will have to pony up some cash to park in beach lots and designated areas on Atlantic and Pennsylvania Avenues from First Street to Hollywood Street.

In addition, there will be paid parking on Garfield Parkway and the lots by PNC Bank and the fire department.


            It’s going to be more expensive to park in Ocean City.

            The resort’s town council approved this week a price hike from $1 to $1.50 at the street meters from the Inlet to 10th street.

            The increase is expected to produce a half a million dollar annually that will go to the backlog of street repairs.

            Meanwhile…Monday through Thursday parking will be free during the shoulder season that is between mid-April through Memorial Day and after Labor Day through mid-October.



            Soon, it could be more expensive to vacation in Ocean City.

            The Town Council is expected to hear a proposal that would allow taxis to raise their fares.       

            It’s being presented by Kevin Lyons, owner of Community Cab, in the form of a petition signed by other taxi owners and drivers.

            Lyons has asked for an increase in the base fare of 40 cents…bringing it to $3.60 and for a tenth-of-a-mile rate increase to 28 cents.