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Almost Time for Rehoboth Parking Meters

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Rehoboth Beach's parking meters turn on for the summer this Friday.

Diana Jones loves the summer season in the beach town, but says the downtown area can get rather busy.

"Oh we're looking forward to it, we love it and the weather's going to be wonderful," she said. "We do drive around in the summer season, we don't necessarily park downtown after 10 o'clock."

Starting the Friday before Memorial Day, the covered up parking meters will spring to life, costing $2/hour, which along with Bethany Beach, is the most expensive on Delaware's coast.

Last summer, according to city officials, parking meters, permits and fines brought in $4,300,511. It made up most of the city's total revenue.

"I think people are willing to do it," Jones said. "They understand that this is our season, and we've been in other places where they have parking meters year-round, 24 hours a day down on the Carolina coast so this is a bargain."

Chip Hearn owns The Ice Cream Store right by the boardwalk and says two bucks might be too much.

"It's way expensive, I guess a justification is this zone here it makes sense, but it really might not make sense in other zones in town," he said. "Plus, lets face it, do you have eight quarters in your pocket right now?"

To fix that problem, most beach towns have employed "Parkmobile," a smartphone app that lets you pay and add more time right on your phone.

Now, in Rehoboth Beach, some meters allow credit cards as well.

Hearn said parking won't stop people from enjoying themselves, especially after a rainy few weeks.

"They're going to be coming from everywhere," he said. "It's going to be cool."

In Lewes, meters cost $1 in some places and $1.50 in others. In Dewey they are also $1.50. Those meters are already on.
 

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