Those coming for a visit and not familiar with regulations may want to read this......
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Rehoboth Beach parking division will review parking signs in one neighborhood after a Sussex County woman complained she was unfairly ticketed.
Nila Grose, of Roxana, Sussex County, said she received a $30 ticket on June 20 after parking for an hour on Oak Avenue near the intersection with Surf Avenue. Grose said she was more than willing to pay for parking but didn't see any signs in that area advising she needed a permit. Now, she said she wants to warn others.
"There were no meters, no signs, no markings on the road so we locked our car and proceeded to the boardwalk," Grose said.
Grose said she complained to the parking division and was told she could fight the ticket in court. She eventually paid the ticket after learning the court fee was $50 and attendants forewarned - just about everyone loses, Grose said. Her check to the city included a note on it telling the parking division to stop ripping people off, Grose said.
"We just felt trapped," Grose said. "It's cheaper to pay the $30 fine."
City Manager Gregory Ferrese said Tuesday he asked the parking division to investigate and determine if better signage is needed in that neighborhood. If that's the case, Ferrese said he would order the installation of more signs and even refund Grose's ticket.
Beach visitors often complain about paying parking tickets but the city is willing to consider adjustments if the complaint is legitimate, Ferrese said.
Besides a stop sign and a sign with the street names, there is one other sign near the intersection restricting parking to the corner. The closest parking permit advisory sign facing westbound traffic is 11 houses from the intersection and partially covered by a tree branch.
Regardless, Ferrese said there are signs at the entrances to the city advising drivers that permits are needed from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
"If there had been a sign there, we would of paid and not said anything but there were no signs, no markings," Grose said.
The review of signs in that neighborhood is expected sometime this week, Ferrese said.