LONGBRANCH: Paying to park in Pie Village is about to get a little more expensive.
"We're going to raise the prices in Pier Village to try to get the spots to turn over faster," Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said at the March 22 Long Branch Council meeting.
The price will rise from $1 to $2 per hour on weekdays and from $2 to $3 on weekends. The time limits that were once in place to park in Pier Village will also be removed.
"We're going to give that a shot this year and see if that helps the problem and reduces the complaints that we've had down there," Roebuck said.
Roebuck said in the past parkers were confused by the fact that they could only park for two hours at a time from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and four hours at a time from 5 p.m. until midnight the past few summers at Pier Village. He also said the original plan of creating more turnover in the spots for the Pier Village businesses was not working as intended.
The lot across Ocean Boulevard, just south of the CVS will also be open this year and the rate to park there will remain unchanged. Parking there will still have a flat fee of $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
"Hopefully people will go down there and park as that will be a lot cheaper than parking in the spots at Pier Village," Roebuck said.
Some additional paid parking spaces will also be added on the west side of Ocean Avenue between Seaview Avenue and Joline Avenue.