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.

John Mathias February 21, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Come on down to Long Branch! Sorry, the boardwalk's gone. Half of the West End burned down, so that's gone. We destroyed the downtown in a fit of greed and that didn't quite work out so it's a ghost town but with a "barbershop". So, could we have like a dollar or two because we already have all these meters ? Quarters only, please.
Aaron Schorr February 21, 2013 at 05:42 PM
And don't forget the garbage that lines the train tracks and streets in town for those who come in by train and walk to the beach. Not exactly welcoming for tourists.
Bob February 21, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I drive through Red Bank often and I would like to stop there more but I dont because of the parking. I live in long branch but if I have to pay to go to PV or Brighten Ave (Scalas pizza, DraftHouse, etc) I'll go elsewhere most of the time. The city already installed "No Parking" signs in front of my house which is just great when I have guests. The house is upside down and needs repairs. Litter in the streets blows into my bushes and I've gotten violations for that. I'm just about ready to walk away from this.....
joe February 21, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Glad I live close enough to ride my bicycle to the beach. If I had to pay for parking, I wouldn't go there. Besides, they already charge too much just to get on the beach. Now add parking too? Same with Red Bank. I go on Sunday when parking is free, otherwise, I don't go.
Robert Farmer February 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Just ONE of my reasons for visiting Long Branch as frequently as I do is the parking i.e., NO Meters! I spend a lot of money at the local business's during my visits. It's not the money.....it's the aggravation!
Alicia78 February 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Residents should be given free passes for parking. It's expensive enough to get on to the beach and we pay taxes. Now we have to pay for parking on our streets in order to shop and eat at our local businesses...not fair.
Vinnie February 22, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Want to raise street money why not do Street Cleaning throughout the year, this way it cleans all our streets and for the lazy ones,they will subsidize the cost, its a win, win for everyone.
Peter Koenig February 22, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Unnoticed so far is the fact that (it seems) the City already purchased these meters with our tax money - and the meters are sitting in storage while the City "decides" whether or not to use them. Oh, and they were supposed to have been up and running last year. The questions of whether or not we want parking meters at all and, if so, where they will go should have been decided before the meters were purchased.
Jimr February 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Yes they should I live in town are they going to let me not pay my property taxes? Answer no and my house was flooded .lived here entire life pier village is not for the residents of the town it is for all the bennies so yes they want to play on the beach than they should have to pay to park city needs to help the people that live here and pay taxes my entire block was under water from sandy have yet to see a city official
Karen February 23, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Long branch wants the bennies to pay to park? The bennies who trash our town, cause traffic issues, and push the locals around all summer! Great idea! They SHOULD pay to park here! But the residents? No way! We already pay high taxes and get NO break on beach badges. The residents should receive FREE parking at the meters being installed throughout town! Residents should park free in pier village , west end, beach parking lots, seven presidents, AND all of the streets bordering these areas. Enough is enough already! Charge the out-of-towners not the residents!
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
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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