SEABRIGHT: Paid parking in the borough is closer than ever to becoming a reality this summer.
The Sea Bright Council adopted an ordinance during its April 5 meeting which appropriates $95,000 for a "parking revenue system." The funds will be used for the installation of the system, which will likely be parking kiosks similar to those used in Long Branch, signage and parking lot improvements.
Only Councilman John Lamia voted not to adopt the ordinance.
The paid parking would only be in effect during the summer season in the municipal parking lot, the Anchorage beach parking lot and the borough hall parking lot.
The borough council will discuss possible exclusions for paid parking including free parking passes for residents and free parking for business patrons for a finite amount of time.
Another ordinance setting the time limits, prices and other aspects of the meters will also have to passed by the council before the meters can be activated.
Butch Henschel, of Church Street, said he has always been opposed to implementing paid parking at this time.
"I think it's just a bad idea, especially not having any plan to put it in," Henschel said. "Maybe in the future this might work, but right now, with the businesses still coming back from Sandy, I think it's a bad idea and it won't be worth the time and money to install these things."
Michelle McMullin, who also owns the local business Gracie And The Dudes, called the paid parking plan a "great idea."
"I think it should have been implemented a few years ago," McMullin said. "If given the choice between raising the rent to my commercial and residential tenants because of tax increases, that we look at this as another area of revenue."