LONG BRANCH: The city will be adding more paid parking spaces to its oceanfront for the summer season.
Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes the city would like to add to the metered parking for Ocean Avenue between South Bath and Pavilion Avenue
"There are 76 parking spaces there that we want to add to our schedule and install meters along the boardwalk and have the metered parking there," Hayes said.
Ocean Avenue is currently a one-way street, northbound, with parking spaces along the east side of the street along the boardwalk. The spaces were free last summer; the first season for the city's new boardwalk.
An ordinance change will be required to allow the city to charge motorists to park in the spaces.
Councilman John Pallone asked about a future bike path for Ocean Avenue.
"We are looking into some way to do a bicycle program and it's a working progress," Hayes said. "Regardless, it wouldn't make a difference on Ocean Avenue because we have the parking there."
The council also agreed to increase 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 said this would change the meters to the same fee schedule as Pier Village, which is located just south of the Great Lawn.
Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck also suggested prohibiting hover boards on the boardwalk. Bicycles, skateboards and dogs are currently not allowed on the boardwalk.