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Long Branch Paid Parking Begins Soon

LONG BRANCH: With the adoption of an ordinance by the city council allowing their use, the recently installed oceanfront parking meters will be up and running soon.

Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said he expects them to be turned on by the end of May or early June. They will be operational until Sept. 30 and not activated again until May 1, 2015.

Parking will cost $1 per hour on Monday-Thursday and $2 per hour on Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists can pay using cash, a credit card or a mobile app in the future. The meters will be similar to those in Asbury Park as people will park in a space and input the 4-digit number of their space when they go to pay at a parking meter.

The Pier Village regulations are going to be different than most areas of the city, and a resident of the area questioned the council about them at the May 15 meeting. The resident asked why you are only allowed to park in Pier Village spaces for two hours as opposed to other areas where the amount of time one can park is limited only to the amount of money they are willing to spend.

"We're trying to promote a turnover for businesses in Pier Village," Councilwoman Kathleen Billings said.

"The restaurant owners are cautiously optimistic about this," Mayor Adam Schneider added. "They feel the spaces are used by beachgoers and there's no turnover."

All of the spaces in Pier Village will have a 2-hour parking time limit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a 4-hour time limit from 5 p.m. to midnight.

For more information on where city residents and visitors will be paying to park this summer, including a full list of locations, click here.

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