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Drivers Fed up with Limited Payment Options for Rehoboth Meters

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Rehoboth visitor tries to navigate parking meter machine's pay-by-phone option. (Photo: WBOC) Rehoboth visitor tries to navigate parking meter machine's pay-by-phone option. (Photo: WBOC)

REHOBOTH, Del. -- If you visit Rehoboth Beach during the summer, chances are you know the struggle of having to find parking and how to pay for it.

City officials say they've been inundated with complaints about the lack of meter payment options and how difficult it is to use the machines all summer long.

The meters take two types of payment: quarters or a pay-by-phone option. Parkmobile, the mobile app option, was introduced in 2012.

WBOC spoke with a number of people in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, who said after spending time finding a parking spot, the last thing they want to deal with is having to find quarters or figure out how to use the mobile app.

"I don't get it," said Jesus Romero of Montgomery County, Md. "Why they don't get credit cards?"

"We don't tend to come as often because the parking is kind of dumb," said Stacy Staples of Upper Marlboro, Md.

"You have to drive around maybe four or five times before you even find a space. [Then] we couldn't use our credit card to pay for the parking. It only accepts coins and quarters only. So, that was a little frustrating," said Staples.

Rehoboth's city manager says the Parkmobile app has grossed almost $1 million in revenue this year, compared to revenue from 2014 at just over half a million dollars. 

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