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On temporarily unmetered N. Front St. block, Wilmington cautions free-parking enthusiasts

A warning with a $0.00 fine issued by the City of Wilmington.
Benjamin Schachtman
A warning with a $0.00 fine issued by the City of Wilmington.

Drivers have been taking advantage of a rare oasis of free weekday parking in downtown Wilmington — but the city has been issuing warnings that, while there aren’t currently meters the 2-hour parking limit is still in effect.

Construction crews removed the old parking meters as part of the North Front Street renovation project and, though new parking spots have been laid out, new parking meters haven’t been added yet.

According to the city, those new meters are expected to be installed sometime before the end of the year.

So, for a month or two, parking on North Front Street between Chestnut and Grace streets is free.

But the 2-hour limit is still being enforced, the city said. Violations will be given a warning ticket first — a $0.00 fine — but subsequent violations “may” be followed by a citation, according to the city.