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Lewes City Council Votes for no Free Handicap Meters

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LEWES, Del. - The Lewes City Council voted unanimously Monday night to no longer have free handicap spots at meters. Starting in May, handicap drivers will have to pay the same amount as regular meters.

Before the decision, Lewes was the only city in the entire state of Delaware that still had free handicap parking.

The council decided to do this to bring in more revenue. Also, Councilman Fred Beaufait said it is only fair to make everyone pay the same amount to park.

Tammi Morris lives in Lewes and is handicapped as well. She thinks that making handicap drivers have to pay is unfair. She said they should not have to walk back to the meters multiple times to pay.

"There's people out there in wheelchairs and it's hard enough for them to even get out in a wheelchair and with walkers and canes and so forth," she said. "And to have to pay for a parking spot, that's just added on difficulties for them as well."

While many people agreed with Tammi, some locals agree with the council that it is indeed justified.

"When it comes to handicap parking spots, they should definitely have that free, but when it comes to the meters I feel like it should be everyone pays," Tyler Altman said. "Especially if you're getting a little bit of a closer spots at the same time, you can still pay for it."

The meters are turned on in May and then turned off again in October so a lot of the revenue from this new rule will come from summer visitors.

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