Bring Back Non-Resident Parking, Bethany Beach, Delaware
As of June 1st, Bethany Beach Town Council replaced vast amounts of parking with Resident Only Parking. The town council eliminated all non-resident parking east and west of Atlantic avenue, except for Garfield parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. The impact has already discouraged non-residents from visiting and enjoying their time. Bethany Beach and Sussex County locals are welcoming as a whole and do not support the exclusivity. In addition, the economy and community of Bethany and all of Sussex county relies heavily on non-residents and tourism, as Bethany Beach is a resort town.
To clarify, all “resident only parking” is 24/7 which means only residents can park, never giving an opportunity for non-residents to park for free, before 10am or after 4pm, like it used to be. Our restaurants, retail stores, local businesses and families deserve to have a fighting chance, after Covid-19 has nearly decimated these industries. In addition, over the last 14 years, Bethany Beach has received over $40 million from the federal government, i.e., our tax money to replenishment and maintain the beach for tourism. We believe because Bethany Beach has accepted this money, they cannot deny ease to access the beach.
Please sign below if you would like the parking to revert back to its original state, prior to June 1st changes. The new map, as of June 1st, that demonstrates all of the parking changes and restrictions, is the cover photo for this petition. Please contact the Bethany Beach Town Council and/or sign this petition. Locals, tourists, small businesses and Americans thank you for the support!