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Rehoboth officials, merchants dicuss new parking meter policy By Trish Vernon As the face of downtown Re- hoboth Beach continues its trans- formation, so will the practice of granting 30-minute parking me- ters outside the businesses that re- quest them. Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Don Derrickson, who chairs the city's Parking Advisory Commit- tee, invited all downtown mer- chants to attend an April 29 meet- ing to discuss establishing a new policy governing the placement of 30.minute parking spaces. A new policy is necessary be- cause the city is installing Reino meters, silver computerized ma- chines that monitor parking for six to 10 spaces each, rather than indi- vidual poles for each space where 30-minute parking has been grant- ed. Many merchants along the av- enue - 30 in the first two blocks from the Boardwalk alone - have 30-minute parking spaces in front of their establishments. The 30. minute meters, they believe, dis- courage beach goers from taking up spaces that could be used by their customers. The 30-minute meters are inconvenient for those who must return from the beach every half hour to deposit more quarters. While the turnout may not have been as strong as he had hoped, those who did attend had strong opinions about the fate of the 30- minute spots. Derrickson told them that the city has already received eight re- quests for the 30.minute parking spaces in the area where the streetscape project is now under way and expected to be completed by Memorial Day. "The city just wants the money from meters for reimbursement for services rendered to our visi- tors. We don't care if it's for half hour or two hour meters - they just want the money," Derrickson ex- plained. "The old system was sloppy. We're trying to get ahead of the curve so we're throwing the ball out to you." He said that 30=minute spaces could be clustered together in strategic locations and people would quickly familiarize them- selves with those locations. Many of those attending the meeting agreed that they want 30- minute parking spaces on the curbside rather than in the median. "From what I'm hearing, mer- chants want the 30.minute park- ing where their stores are, not in the median," said Rehoboth Beach Main Street Executive Di- rector Fay Jacobs, However, Derrickson reminded them that in the third block for in- stance, the Summerhouse Restau- rant and Saloon, which opens for dinner, wouldn't favor the high turnover meters right in front of their establishment as would the health food store, photo shop and clothing store just a stone's throw up the block. Noting he likes the idea of plac- ing 30.minute spaces in the mid- dle of each median, businessman Dale Lomas said "I don't think it will be necessary to post signs. Simply tell your customers where those meters are - very rarely is it possible to park right in front of a StOre anyway." There was concern that placing the 30-minute meters in the mid- dle of the block would result in an increase in jaywalking, although City Manager Greg Ferrese said that's a situation that's going to occur frequently no matter where Continued on page 10 VOTE Maria SIMOES For Lewes City Council Working Full Time For You VOTE- Saturday, May 10, 2003 City Hall 8:00a.m. till 6:00 p.m. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2008 - 5 Nick Carter Wol Pointe Pointe Wolfe Runne Wolfe Runne Black Marlin Circle, Lot 185, Asking $649,500 84 Spinnaker Circle - The Kaithjn, $1,250,000 Cape Shores Lot #88, West Cape Shores Drive - 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, $1,800,000 Wolfe Runne 2s r, nch Coua, 3 plu  ,,,a 2 ba S539,0oo Lewes Wolfe Runne Black Marlin Circle, Lot 186, Asking $682,500 Lewes Beach 1009 Kings Highway f359,900 #9 Queen Anne Pier $182,500 LOT LISTINGS Wolfe Pointe, Lot #134 plINDF.R CONTICI'} ............................... $194,800 Wolfe Polate, Lot #84 (NEW LISTING) ............................... . .... 11i253,000 Wolfe Pointe, Lots 185, 186, 55 ................................ (Lot/Home llmge) Cape Shores, Lot #179 (NEW LISTING) ............ ......................... 147S,000