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Parking Revenues Up for Delaware Beach Towns

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Don Rush
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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Free parking has returned to Delaware's beach towns as summer comes to a close, but city officials say parking revenue was generally up this year.

Parking revenue was up in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Bethany Beach but was down in Dewey Beach.

In Rehoboth, more people were using the Parkmobile smartphone app to pay for parking. City manager Sharon Lynn says the number of transactions increased 26 percent this year. The city also saw a 2 percent increase in revenue from parking meters.

Nearby in Lewes, the city council increased parking fees by 25 cents in certain lots. Revenue overall was up 26 percent from 2013.

In Bethany Beach, parking revenue increased by about $100,000. But in Dewey Beach, parking revenue was down about $20,000.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.