No Resolution: Parking Assessment Under Way in Ship Bottom

Aug 23, 2017

Officials are continuing to review parking concerns to determine how to address the safety issues raised by a resident earlier this month, according to borough police. The area in question is between 16th and 17th streets and Central Avenue, near the municipal building and Bank of America.

Joanne Carroll, who lives on 16th Street, brought her concerns to the borough council’s July meeting, saying crossing Central Avenue is an accident waiting to happen because cars are allowed to park within 15 feet of stop signs. The borough approved a change from 25 feet a few years ago to gain additional parking spaces. In her comments, she urged officials to consider implementing alternate-street parking like neighboring Long Beach Township.

Her comments came after the council held a lengthy debate settling the borough police department’s parking woes. Earlier this summer, police were shut out of the parking lot behind town hall after beachgoers nabbed their spots while officers were on the road. The municipal parking lot, where police and other borough employees park their vehicles, has always been open to the public for free parking, particularly during the summer.

The municipal lot underwent the makeover with spots for police cruisers and other emergency vehicles being designated with lines and wording. The spots also increased in size from 9 to 10 feet to accommodate the size of the doors of police cars, according to Councilman Joe Valyo.

At issue, though, is the borough’s attempt to save parking for summer visitors and beachgoers, who can use the municipal parking lot during their time in town. The council also agreed to change the wording of signs in front of town hall from “one-hour parking” to “one-hour parking Monday through Friday” to accommodate more vehicles. Five spots near the front of the U.S. Post Office will be left alone for customers and box holders. —G.G.S.

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