SEA BRIGHT: After nearly 2 years of discussion, borough officials appear to be moving forward with a plan to add paid parking to municipal lots.
The Sea Bright Council unanimously agreed to have Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni draft a request for proposals (RFP) for companies that specialize in creating paid parking plans for towns.
"If we do proceed with this, as it stands right now, the paid parking would be seasonal and it would only apply to the three primary parking lots; the one behind borough hall, the P-House/borough lot, and Anchorage, which is the surfers' beach," Councilman Brian Kelly said at the Oct. 15 Sea Bright Council Workshop meeting. "Those are the only areas of focus for the paid parking."
Kelly said there would be no paid parking on borough streets.
Verruni said the RFP will be "open-ended" and will accept proposals from traditional paid parking stations to companies like Viply, where parkers can pay for parking using a smart phone app. The app would also allow people to pay for beach badges.
The council will still have to decide several things including the price to park, the hours of operation and what types of deals would be offered for residents and/or businesses.
Verruni said the three lots have about 460 spaces would generate about $115,000 in additional revenue at 30 percent occupancy at a rate of $1 per hour for a period of 90 days during the summer.