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Lewes Council to Discuss Pay-by-Phone Meters

LEWES, Del.- The Lewes City Council at its Monday meeting will discuss and most likely vote on purchasing pay-by-phone parking meters for the city's downtown and beach areas.

Currently, the parking meters only take coins. For many visiting Lewes, not having enough change has become a problem. Sam Bowers works at P.U.P.S pet shop on 2nd Street, and said his customers often do not come prepared.

"We keep a supply of quarters here in the store so that when people need the quarters," he said. "But they have to run out of the store, they do come back but it's just a pain in the neck sometimes."

Mayor Ted Becker said the council will vote on whether adding "ParkMobile" meters will benefit the city.  Rehoboth Beach has used the smart phone app-focused meter system for two years, and Bethany Beach just signed a contract to use it as well.

"I think there's a lot of interest, elimination of the need for coin, clearly our visitors will initially be the primary users," Becker explained. "Although anyone who's going to Rehoboth or who lives in Rehoboth may already have a ParkMobile application, it will make it easier for them when they come to Lewes."

When you arrive at one of these meters, all you have to do is open up the app on your phone, type in the parking zone number and then decide how much time you will need. Your phone will also alert you when time is up, and you can extend it remotely.

"I think it would be great for the town and that people wont have to rush around and try to find quarters and nickels and dimes and relax and enjoy Lewes the way it should be," Bowers said.

Some locals question cost in such a small town. Like Anthony DeSouza, who does think it would be a good idea.

"If it's not a bank breaker I think it's worth the while," he explained.

According to Mayor , the costs would be minimal.

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