LONG BRANCH: City residents and guests will be paying to park in several areas this summer.
Mayor Adam Schneider said the Long Branch Council could adopt an ordinance allowing the meters at its next meeting or the first meeting in April.
“May 15 is the goal (to have them installed and operational),” Schneider said.
The meters are similar to those used in Asbury Park near the boardwalk and on Cookman Avenue.
Each space will be striped and numbered and people who wish to park in them would pay at a station with either coins, dollars or a credit card. People will even be able to use their smart phone in order to add time.
The parking meters will likely be located in the following streets and areas:
• Pier Village • Brighton Avenue and West End Avenue east of Ocean Boulevard • Ocean Avenue between North Bath Avenue and South Bath Avenue (on the west side of the street only) • South Bath Avenue • Morris Avenue • Madison Avenue (east of McKinley Street only) • Ocean Avenue from Seven Presidents Park to Atlantic Avenue (east side of the street only)
The council has also discussed the possibility of adding spaces on both sides of Ocean Avenue from Avenel Boulevard to Atlantic Avenue.
The city purchased the meters in 2012 after the council passed an $855,000 bond ordinance but the decision was made not to use them the last two years.
“Asking people to pay last summer in Long Branch seemed like a terrible idea,” Schneider said.
He said businesses and residents were still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy so adding parking meters was not ideal.
The meters will likely be operational from May 15 through Sept. 30.
They would cost $1 per hour on weekdays and $2 per hour on weekends and holidays and be on operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. in all areas except Pier Village. The Pier Village meters could in operation from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or as late as midnight.