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Two Seaside resorts considering parking meter upgrades

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Paying with coins to park may soon be a thing of the past, as two Cape May County Seaside resorts consider the possibility of parking meter upgrades.

It's the wave of the future, leaving behind the cash and looking for a different kind of change.

"You need to always go through your pockets to get change and instead if you have a credit card you can pay with a card at the kiosk. It's so much easier," said Cape May resident, Greg Dececco.

It's an upgrade that both Cape May and Wildwood are now considering. Taking the traditional coin operated parking meter and adding the ability to swipe a credit card.

"It's very smooth, you go to the kiosk and you put your money or credit card in to get your receipt," said Cape May Mayor, Dr. Edward Mahaney.

If the cities do these upgrades each individual meter will have a slot to insert coins as well as swipe credit cards.

Wildwood began their parking meter upgrades two years ago when they integrated the use of pay by cell phone capabilities.

City officials say the new meters have been a success and that this next step will help with the parking traffic flow.

"If you fill up and swipe your card in the meter for x number of hours, and you left in a shorter time and there's still time left on the meter, when they pull out there's a sensor and it will alert the meter that it can clean the time off," said Wildwood Mayor, Ernie Troiano.

If the systems are approved Cape May officials say the meters will be in place by May 2014 and Wildwood says its upgrades will be ready by this summer.

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