LEWES, Del.- Parking in Lewes is set to get pricier-- but only for certain payment methods.
When the Mayor and City Council adopted its new budget, a 50 cent convenience fee for credit card payments at parking meters was approved. Mayor Ted Becker says the move is aimed to help recoup the approximately $20,000 a year the city pays in bank processing fees due to the credit card transactions.
The city also will extend meter hours by two hours, meaning parking payment will be required from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mayor Ted Becker says that measure will generate $140,000 in revenue for the city over the course of the summer season. Becker believes the changes will increase parking turnover as well.
"We also think that it will help the churn so that people won't just come and park. That they will actually continue to move their vehicle," Becker says. "One of the things is making sure our employees don't occupy the parking that the patrons would occupy."
Unlike nearby Rehoboth Beach, Lewes is not changing the parking hourly costs. Lewes' meter season goes into effect May 1st.