LONGBRANCH: The city council decided against opening up a portion of Ocean Avenue to traffic for the summer season during its April 26 meeting.
Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said the police department's traffic safety division had an idea to open Ocean Avenue from Brighton Avenue to West End Avenue to give beach patrons who have loaded or unloaded their cars an easier way to get back to Ocean Boulevard. The plan would also have involved the creation of 5-10 minute parking areas.
"We have a lot more room there than we used to have," Roebuck said. "We are just trying to make it a little easier."
The council agreed that the change could ultimately cause more problems than it would solve.
"Here you have the concession stands, people coming on and off the beach, people who are used to walking between Brighton and West End," Councilman John Pallone said.
Councilwoman Kathleen Billings agreed
"I don't like opening that road up," Billings said. "I think it takes away from the whole ambience of the boardwalk."
Roebuck said that road would remain unchanged this summer and that people will have to turn onto Brighton Avenue or West End Avenue, unpack their beach chairs and umbrellas and turn around on the same road.
Resident Dennis Sherman thanked the council for their decision.
"All of you are to be congratulated for not allowing new traffic, more traffic to come in at Brighton Avenue and go out at West End Avenue," Sherman said.