Summer Concert at Bethany Beach's Bandstand

Summer Concert at Bethany Beach's Bandstand

Parking at one of Delaware's "Quiet Resorts" is about to get more expensive.

Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously Friday afternoon to raise the hourly parking fee during the summer season by 50 cents to $2.50 per hour.

In addition, parking fines would increase $10 to $40.

In their discussion before the vote, the council referenced a recent decision to place more of the budgeting responsibility for seasonal police officers onto the meters and fines.

Betsy Clarke has owned Japanesque for nearly 40 years, and told the council that businesses will feel the effect when the meters are active.

 "This morning a woman came into my store and said 'Oh, I won't come until the parking meters are down.' So, it is detrimental to some of us here, it does hit our pocket book."

The council said they expected to raise an additional $414,447 through the meter increase, but did not have an estimate on how much revenue the extra fines could generate.

Bethany Beach meters are in effect from May 15 to September 15. They run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. downtown, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. once you get three blocks away from Garfield Parkway.

Bethany's rate still holds up favorably against their major neighbors to the north and south.

Ocean City, Maryland charges parking from April 1 to October 31 at $3/hour at the inlet lot, and $2/hour for street and other parking lots. 

Rehoboth's parking season runs from Memorial Day Friday through the second Sunday after Labor Day. They charge $3/hour downtown, and $2/hour if you you get a few blocks away from Rehoboth Avenue.