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Dewey Beach to Eliminate 29 Parking Spots

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Dewey Beach Town Council this week voted 3-1 to eliminate 29 inward facing parking spots in the middle of Dickinson Avenue.

According to Mayor Diane Hanson, the large volume of cars pulling in and out made the area unsafe for pedestrians. Also, it creates heavy traffic in the summer, sometimes even spilling out onto Route 1.

However, Hanson was the lone dissenting vote. She said that originally there was a broader plan to add medians with flagpoles and a new sidewalk, but this was not approved. Hanson said she thinks that is a necessary component to keeping pedestrians safe.

"I voted against it because I feel it's important to have the sidewalk," she said. "It's important to have a designated area where pedestrians can walk and that's a safe area for them to walk."

Businesses in the area are all for the parking spot removal. Alex Pires, owner of the Rusty Rudder, was very involved in the whole process. He said he is not worried about losing parking spots, and public safety is much more important.

Some people think less parking will cause a problem in the summer.

"I think it's terrible because they need all kinds of parking they can get here," Edwin Smith of Surfside Enterprises said. "They really need all they can get, it's terrible in the summertime."

But others agree with the council's decision. Mike Dunmyer owns property in Dewey Beach and has noticed the congestion issues on Dickinson. But he also thinks the town should have done the complete project, not just remove the parking.

"I think it made a lot of sense because with all the foot traffic you have in and out of here which is only going to increase with the Hyatt nearby and cars coming in and out it was a safety problem just waiting to happen," he said. "I think there was a really nice compromise on the table, a great opportunity for the town and some of the businesses to come together... it would look lovely, it would add to the character."

"I think it will be safer, whether it's the safest is another story," she explained. "But it's safer at least without the parking in the middle because now at least fire trucks will be able to get in and other emergency vehicles."

According to Hanson, the parking spots will be gone by Memorial Day.


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