Meter Season Begins in Lewes
Lewes' meters go online at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1st. This summer, there are new meters and extended meter times by two hours. Parking payment will be required from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Lewes Mayor Ted Becker previously told WRDE that measure will generate $140,000 in revenue for the city over the course of the summer season.
Additionally, A 50 cent convenience fee for credit card payments at parking meters was approved during this year's budget. Becker previously told WRDE 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.
Local businesses owners like Andrea Spuck say the changes are signs of the times.
"We look at it as the price you pay for living in paradise or visiting paradise," the Lewes Gourmet and Puzzles owner says. "The great thing for visitors and locals alike is that it does keep the traffic turning over and it provides opportunity for everybody to get downtown and to take advantage of their favorite places to visit."
Bethany, Dewey, South Bethany, and Fenwick's parking permits and meters go live May 15th. Rehoboth's meter season begin the Friday before Memorial Day.