LONG BRANCH: The city's oceanfront will likely have more parking spaces this summer.
The Long Branch Council introduced an ordinance during its March 28 meeting that would expand its metered parking area.
Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes said in early March that the city would like to add 76 paid parking spaces to Ocean Avenue between South Bath and Pavilion Avenue. Ocean Avenue is currently a one-way street, northbound, with parking spaces along the east side of the street along the boardwalk. Those spaces were free last summer; the first season for the city's new boardwalk.
Those spaces will be $1 per hour from Monday-Thursday and $2 per hour on Friday-Sunday and holidays.
The ordinance also increases the paid parking fees in the Great Lawn parking lot from $1 on Monday-Thursday to $2 and from $2 on Friday-Sunday to $3. Hayes has said this would change the meters to the same fee schedule as Pier Village, which is located just south of the Great Lawn. Both sides of Madison Avenue between McKinley Street and the promenade would also get the same fee schedule.
Every council member with the exception of Councilwoman Joy Bastelli voted to introduce the ordinance, which will be up for adoption at the April 11 council meeting. Basetelli said at the previous council meeting that she was not in favor of raising the rates in the Great Lawn parking lot.