BRADLEY BEACH — An ordinance that would restructure parking along Second and Third avenues was tabled at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting.
The proposed parking measure would change Second and Third avenues, between Main Street and Hammond Avenue, into one-way streets. At a previous borough council meeting, members of the borough’s governing body work shopped the proposal, along with a plan to delineate parallel parking along both streets in order to increase parking efficiencies.
“I knew for a fact that this ordinance needs a lot of work, but we opened it to public comment first which is appropriate,” Council President Al Gubitosi said before a unanimous vote tabled the ordinance.
“It was pushed pretty aggressively because of, I think, good intentions, to get something in place before the July 4 holiday, but it was so incomplete,” the council president said, adding that the proposed ordinance did not address angled parking, loading docks and the U-turns taking place in the area.
“The mayor wanted to push this forward in the interest of expediency and I think this was a colossal waste of a lot of people’s time this evening,” the council president concluded.
Under Ordinance 2021-18, which was introduced at the May 25 borough council meeting, Second Avenue would run eastbound and Third Avenue would run westbound for a block. The ordinance also allows for two angled parking spaces on Third Avenue with a time limit of 30 minutes, and five angled parking spaces on Third Avenue beginning 30 feet from the easterly curbline of Main Street.
According to the ordinance, the proposed changes “seeks to improve parking capacity, public safety, traffic flow, and resident quality of life through the construction of certain improvements and the implementation of certain new regulations on 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue between Main Street and Hammond Avenue.”
Before the vote to table the ordinance, residents expressed their concern about the proposal.
Mayor Larry Fox, addressing the ordinance, said that the changes are needed to alleviate parking difficulties over the summer that have been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, as some cafes are using their parking lots for outdoor dining.
“In the summer, we go from 4,000 people to 25,000 people and we get a lot of weekend traffic … so we can’t fill that capacity. All we could do is look at improvements in capacity,” he said. “We have a number of things we are looking at and will continue to look at as we go forward.”
At the last borough council meeting, it was said that the plan would delineate 66 parking spaces on Second and Third avenues along a triangular-shaped island between Main Street and Hammond Avenue, with the hope of creating more efficient parking in the area. The borough expects to create 12 new parking spaces by extending the triangular-shaped lot, which acts like a miniature park in the neighborhood, and by creating more parking along that planned western extension.
The parking changes were recommended as part of a study conducted by Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Originally, the study suggested angled parking on Second and Third avenues to bolster parking along Main Street, but residents, along with members of the council, panned the idea as detrimental to the residential character of the neighborhood.
Instead, the council discussed parallel parking on both sides of those streets.
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