Proposed Ordinance to Open Up Parking on Central Avenue in Ship Bottom

Jun 28, 2017

Finding a parking spot in Ship Bottom is about to get a little easier, and just in time for the influx of summer visitors to LBI’s gateway community. The borough council was expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday night addressing parking regulations on Central Avenue, a month after kicking the discussion up to the county engineer.

Under the proposed ordinance slated for introduction June 27, parking would be permitted on the east and west side of Central Avenue – a county road – on Fifth and Sixth streets. Parking would be prohibited from the south curb of Third Street to the north curb of Fourth Street, according to the proposed measure.

With parking at a premium in the borough, gaining parking spaces is a win-win for residents, visitors and business owners. The area in question is zoned both residential and business. Over the last few years, businesses have opened with off-street parking, but that has proved not to be enough to fill the need.

In May, borough officials asked the county to rethink its position on parking along the roadway in the area of Third Street to Sixth Street with the hope of gaining more spots. Ocean County Engineer John Ernst said when the request from the borough came into his office, they had already been looking at traffic flow and use on the street.

“We did evaluate it and identified to them where parking needed to be restricted,” he said.

At the time the council asked for a new traffic study in the hopes that it would alleviate some existing parking constraints in the borough, which moves all the traffic coming on and off Long Beach Island.  —G.G.S.

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