SEA BRIGHT: Officials are exploring alternative parking options to accommodate borough and visitors during the summer months when the borough's population is at its highest point.
The Sea Bright Council discussed two main options; using existing parking areas that are not in use such as The Cove or The Quay, or improving vacant lots for private parking.
"The other category would be vacant lots where you may want them to do some certain improvements to those lots in order to allow a private person to charge for parking and provide additional parking downtown or whatever area you consider," Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.
Verruni said the lots would have to be properly graded, signed appropriately and have adequate ingress and egress.
No specific lots were discussed, but the council appeared to agree that the private lots would be the best way to go by issuing seasonal permits to the owners.
Mayor Dina Long said some people try do this already and that the situation would be improved by having the borough issue permits and control the conditions.
"My concern is there's going to be a lot of construction next summer between our new building and the sea wall," Long said. "We're already jammed for parking as it is and we need to accommodate the many visitors that come here on the weekends during the summer."
"There are some lots downtown where the main public beach is that would be suitable for paid lots." Long continued.
No specific lots were discussed, but the council did agree that the lots would only be in operation from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
"I also think we need to set a ceiling so there's consistency on how much it costs so there is no price gouging." Long said.
Other beach towns that allow seasonal parking lot permits will also be researched to see how their ordinances are structured.