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Sea Bright Looking To Install Pay Stations in Municipal Parking Lot For 2015 Summer

SEA BRIGHT: In an effort to create a new revenue stream in the borough, officials are now looking to add pay stations to the municipal parking lot for the summer of 2015.

"It has been suggested to us from agencies that look at our finances that we should be looking at this as a revenue stream because every other town does it," Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said at the Nov. 13 Sea Bright Council meeting.

The pay stations would only be active during the summer months in Sea Bright and would also be located in the small lot behind Sea Bright Borough Hall, Councilman Brian Kelly said.

Residents would also be able to buy daily beach badges from the pay stations. Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said in other towns residents can buy a season parking pass and get a reduced rate from Memorial Day from Labor Day.

Councilman Marc Leckstein said he would also like to try to protect the employees who work at businesses in the downtown area.

"Businesses want to make sure that the people who work for the businesses do not have to pay to park in the parking lot and we've got to figure out how to accommodate that," Leckstein said.

"Not only that, as I've said repeatedly as somebody who lives downtown, there are residents who rely on that lot to park their cars because there's no available parking on Ocean Avenue during the summer, so those residents should not have to pay to park," Long said.

The council will ultimately decide the parking fees and hours of operation.

Verruni said the borough will host another vendor presentation to discuss how to accommodate the residents and business employees at the next Sea Bright Council workshop meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11. A vendor previously spoke the the council about pay stations at a May Sea Bright Council workshop meeting.

Revenue from the meters would go to the borough's beach utility and not into the general fund, Long said.

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