Wed May 22, 2013
Paying for Summer Parking Along Delmarva Coast
You’ll be paying more for parking in the coastal towns of Delmarva this summer.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Rehoboth Beach resident has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the town's new $40 parking permit fee for motorized scooters.
In a complaint filed Monday, Lawrence Myslewski says the new fee is unconstitutional because residents do not have to pay to get parking permits for their cars or other motorized vehicles.
The new scooter permit was imposed amid complaints that scooter owners were driving and parking on sidewalks, which officials said created safety concerns.
The new permit allows scooters to park on city streets in non-metered areas, in permit parking areas on residential streets, and in some 200 newly designated "scooter-only" locations.
The city manager says more than 120 scooter parking permits have been sold so far in advance of this year's summer season.
Meanwhile, for the second year a two-year deal with Parkmobile that will allow drivers to pay for parking via a cellphone app.
During the first year the app generated 15 percent of the city’s parking revenue.
The app is the only way drivers can pay to park in the city via credit card.
In Bethany Beach, the first half of the resort’s $2.5 million streetscape improvement project will be completed on the westbound side of Garfield Parkway.
Construction will resume after the summer on the eastbound lanes in the fall.
Meanwhile, credit card transactions at the resort’s pay stations will go up from a quarter to 50 cents.
And, next year Ocean City town officials are planning to do away with free street parking in several locations in an effort to increase revenue.
The streets include Philadelphia Avenue between South First and North Division streets, 49th Street, 131st Street and 146th Street.
The increase is expected to net $130-thousand.
That change, if approved during a June town council meeting, won’t go into effect until 2014.