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Sea Bright Council Still Undecided On Paid Parking For Summer

SEA BRIGHT: Borough officials are still undecided on whether or not pay stations will added to the combined municipal and P-House lot and the small lot behind the municipal building.

Councilman Brian Kelly recently said that if the borough wishes to have the pay stations installed for the 2015 summer season that the bids would have to be sent out soon.

Kelly said the plan would be to have the parking in place only for the summer season and for residents to be exempt from having to pay to parking.

Councilman Marc Leckstein said he "does not see any downside" with the plan as long as residents are allowed to be exempt.

Mayor Dina Long said she would like to wait another year before installing pay stations in the lots.

"My personal preference would be to put it off until we have our re-striping and if there's no major changes then fine, have it, but if we are going to make a change for how traffic flow and how people park downtown, I don't want to add another layer and that's just my concern," Long said.

The council still has not a made a decision on the type of parking that will be created once Route 36 is re-striped by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Long said she also understands the other side of the argument for paid parking.

"All the other towns do it and those parking spots are a commodity for Sea Bright," Long said. "It's a resource we do not monazite."

Kelly agreed and the said the revenue from the pay stations would benefit the borough.

"It would help generate revenue that we're definitely going to need," Kelly said.

The council ultimately agreed to have Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni prepare a bid for the parking meters for the council to review with the understanding that it will force the borough to make a decision one way or the other.

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