LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Parking is now prohibited on North Boulevard along the northern banks of Lake Como — the latest move to stop the flow of visitors into Lake Como and Belmar during the state’s current stay-at-home order.
The decision announced by Lake Como Mayor Kevin Higgins on April 15 comes days after neighboring Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights placed a parking ban on all streets to keep out-of-towners from traveling to those boroughs during the coronavirus crisis. In Spring Lake, that includes the southern banks of Lake Como.
“Lake Como and other shore communities are currently dealing with an influx of visitors on nice weather days. This behavior is in direct violation of Gov. Murphy's stay-at-home order,” Higgins said. “Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights have prohibited on-street parking throughout their boroughs, which has increased the number of visitors to Lake Como. Unfortunately, Lake Como does not have the ability to restrict all on-street parking, and prohibiting the parking of nonresidents could be unlawful.”
Details for an emergency permit parking order to limit the number of visitors who can park on all streets in Lake Como during the day and overnight is being developed, he said
Higgins said he also has asked the governor's office to strengthen his stay-at-home order to reduce the number of people who are visiting shore communities as the weather improves this spring.
“If the residents of our towns are sheltering in place, remaining within our boundaries for exercise, and only traveling for essential purposes, we should not be put at risk by others who are not following those guidelines,” he said.
North Boulevard runs from Main Street in Lake Como eastward along the banks of Lake Como to Ocean Avenue in Belmar.
On March 30, a growing number of visitors to Belmar’s beachfront prompted Mayor Mark Walsifer to close its entire boardwalk and ban parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue.
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