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Long Branch Still Deciding Whether or Not it Will Use Parking Meters This Summer

City has already purchased meters, mapped out parking spaces

Long Branch is still undecided on whether or not it will install parking meters throughout the city for the 2013 summer season.

At this time last year, the city seemed dead-set on using the parking meters to help boost revenue, but there have been many complaints from businesses and residents on the effect they will have on them.

"The revenue requirements are still there, but we understand the effect it could have on businesses," City Business Administrator Howard Woolley said this week. "We are still trying to ascertain whether to do it or not."

The city passed an $855,000 bond ordinance for the meters last June and outlined a plan where all the meters would be placed. The original plan was to have them installed and running by mid-July, 2012, but that never happened.

Woolley said the city has the meters in storage and that they are ready to be installed if the city decides to use them this summer.

"We have them all set to go and we could have them up and running by May if we wanted to," Woolley said.

The council originally agreed that the parking meters would be in operation from May 15 through Sept. 30 and would cost $1 per hour on weekdays and $2 per hour on weekends and holidays.

The location of the meters is what caused so much contention with residents and businesses.

"Many residents thought all street parking should remain free," Woolley said. "We compromised by doing one metered side and one free side."

Some of the locations included Pier Village, Brighton Avenue and West End Avenue east of Ocean Boulevard and the east side of Ocean Avenue from Seven Presidents Park to Atlantic Avenue.

Woolley said the council will still discuss the possibility of having parking meters this summer, but did not know when those discussions would take place.

To see all the details of the city's original parking meter plan, click here.

Bernard Gurman February 24, 2013 at 05:29 PM
The main purpose of installiong meters is to dicourage people from coming. Many years ago, Long Branch decided to place meters on lower Broadway, which then was a busy street with many successful businesses. The result was that with the opening of Monmouth Mall, and lots of free parking, customers went there, instead. One smart businessman , aware of the plan to install meters, sold his habadashery business and went elsewhere. He succeeded beyond his expectations, while many Long Branch businesses went bust. Don't fall for cheap gritty means to squeeze the driver. Think of ways to attract and be friendly.
g nap February 25, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I don't agree with the main purpose, as you state. But your recital of past history is spot on. In the early 70's, Asbury Park did the same exact this in their downtown shopping area, and we all saw what happened for what, 3 decades after ? Granted, these towns had other issues that led to a long and dismal downfall, but the commonality between the two are exact. The town sees an opportunity to cash in on the popularity of a certain area, and they themselves are partly responsible for its decline.
DivineMomentsOfTruth March 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Long Branch would have a lot of nerve asking tax paying homeowners to shell out money to park on our own debris ladened, broken glass ladened, garbage ladened streets. City workers should get out there and help clean up the mess. The garbage recycling trucks leave trails of broken glass and gasoline everywhere. Try walking your dog on the Severely broken sidewalks along Atlantic Ave.. You wind up walking in the street which is even more dangerous. It's been this way for years.. They take no effort to enforcement repairs.
DivineMomentsOfTruth March 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Exactly!
waste my money May 04, 2013 at 10:24 PM
simply solution sell the parking meters. lts alright the long branch tax payer are use to being screwed. like the latest DEAL with the LB HOUSING AUTH WOODROW WILSON PROJECT AND THE CITY. they will pay in lieu of taxes $591 per unit. our tax dollars will make up the difference for schooling,police and fire protection,garbage collection etc and the adminstratiom agreed to these terms and also to build more units than they took out.

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