SEA BRIGHT:The borough is in the early stages of exploring the possibility of adding pay station to the municipal parking lot in the downtown area.
"We're not looking to do anything this summer," Councilman Marc Leckstein said during the May 15 Sea Bright Council Workshop meeting. "We're just looking at our options."
Joe Yorlano of Integrated Technical Systems was on hand to explain the type of pay station that could potentially be used by the borough and even brought one to the meeting so the council and public could see it.
Yorlano explained that the pay station is the same one used by Asbury Park, Belmar and Long Branch. He said the borough has the option of using a "pay by space, pay by license plate or pay and display" system. For the pay and display system, a motorist would pay to parking at the pay station and display the ticket in the dashboard of their car.
Yorlano said the pay stations accept coins, bills, credit cards and smart cards. Patrons can even purchase parking through the use of a mobile app on their smart phone.
He said borough police could be trained how to enforce parking in pay station areas and that a host server can be set up at police headquarters to alert them when something is wrong with the devices.
He added that people who use the pay stations can also purchase beach badges and that the number sold is documented so the borough can see if it is a valuable service.
Yorlano said most shore towns that use the pay stations only operate them during the summer months and then remove and store them during the offseason.
Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the council would look into the possibility of using the pay stations and discuss them at a future meeting.