LONG BRANCH: The Long Branch Council introduced an ordinance during its April 22 meeting that sets locations, fees and times for parking meters that have have already been placed around the city’s oceanfront.
Parking will cost $1 per hour on Monday-Thursday and $2 per hour on Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists can pay using cash, a credit card or a mobile app in the future. The meters will be similar to those in Asbury Park as people will park in a space and input the 4-digit number of their space when they go to pay at a parking meter.
The parking regulations will be a bit different in Pier Village.
All of the spaces in Pier Village will have a 2-hour parking time limit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a 4-hour time limit from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Long Branch Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck said cars that remain in the spaces for more than two or four hours will receive a fine, but that it will not be as severe as parking in space where the time has lapsed or was never paid to begin with. Parkers can remain in the Pier Village parking space for longer than two or four hours, but they will have to pay for more time and pay the fine.
Class 1 and Class 2 Special Police Officers hired for the summer season will use iPads with technology that will allow them to see how long a person has been in a particular spot, Roebuck said.
Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said this was designed so there would be parking turnover for businesses and that Pier Village was used more for shopping and less for people who are going to the beach.
“Pier Village is naturally where most of the spaces are,” Woolley said. “Obviously the concept is to limit this to parking for the businesses so we said we are going to sell two hours at a time.”
There will be no parking limit for any of the other spaces in the city.
The places where people will pay to park are:
• Brighton Avenue Between Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Avenue (Both Sides)
• West End Avenue Between Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Avenue (Both Sides)
• South Bath Avenue Between Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Avenue (Both Sides)
• Ocean Avenue Between South Bath and North Bath Avenue (West Side Only)
• Pier Village
• Madison Avenue Between McKinley Street and Promenade (Both Sides)
• Great Lawn North and South Lots (All Metered Spaces)
• Seaview Avenue Between Old Ocean Avenue and the Promenade (North Side Only)
• Old Ocean Avenue Between Seaview Avenue and the Seven Presidents Park Entrance (East Side Only)
• Old Ocean Avenue Between Seven Presidents Park Entrance and Avenel Boulevard (East Side Only)
• Avenel Boulevard Between Old Ocean Avenue and Oceanfront (Both Sides)
• Old Ocean Avenue Between Atlantic Avenue and Avenel Boulevard (Both Sides)
The spaces still need to be striped and numbered and residents must be notified of the new parking regulations before the meters can be turned on.
Roebuck said he expects them to be operational by the end of May or early June. They will be operational until Sept. 30 and not activated again until May 1, 2015.
Roebuck said there will also be about a 2-week “grace period” where no tickets will be given out for violations as residents and visitors get used to the parking meters.
He said the parking situation will be examined after the summer to see if meters are needed in some spaces and not needed in others.
“We have it broken down into zones so we’ll be able to tell which zone has a little bit more business and which ones do not,” he said.