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Businesses of Sea Bright Say They Oppose Paid Parking

The Businesses of Sea Bright (BSB), an group comprised of Sea Bright business owners, has taken a firm stance on the issue of whether or not to add paid parking to the borough.

Mayor Dina Long read a letter from the BSB at the Feb. 3 Sea Bright Council meeting which stated the group's preference for the municipal parking lot to remain free.

"Sea Bright does not have a variety of transportation modes that cities have, most visitors arrive by car," the letter states. "They will go elsewhere to avoid paying to park which will result in a decline in visitors if meters are installed."

The plan, if implemented, would include the installation of pay stations in the municipal parking lot which is located across the street from many downtown Sea Bright businesses

"Since downtown Sea Bright already lacks enough visitors to keep the businesses thriving, then reducing that number will be detrimental," the letter continues. "Meters will hurt the viability of Sea Bright."

The BSB said if the borough is looking to find more revenue, it could increase beach badge prices or parking violation fines.

The Sea Bright Council will likely make a decision on the parking meters in the next few months.

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