LAKE COMO, NJ — Residents-only permit parking has ended in Lake Como and parking has returned to both sides of North Boulevard with the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order on June 9.

In an announcement made on the borough’s Facebook page, Mayor Kevin Higgins also said that all borough meetings will take place in person at their scheduled dates and times now that Gov. Phil Murphy also has increased the capacity limit of indoor meetings to 25 percent capacity of an area, or 50 people, whichever is less.

READ MORE:  Gov. Murphy Ends 'Stay-at-Home' Order, Relaxes Limits on Indoor, Outdoor Gatherings

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“I strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask and practice social distancing when they are outside their homes. I also suggest you keep your LC sticker on your cars in case the permit system needs to be reinstated in the near future,” he said. “On behalf of the council, I would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding, and continued support over the last three months. Please continue to be safe and stay healthy.”

The borough’s emergency permit parking plan was implemented on April 25 in response to limiting parking by out-of-towners during the coronavirus crisis.

While the borough has scrapped plans for a formal study of the implementation of a permanent permit parking program due to cost, Higgins said at the borough council’s June 2 meeting that the issue may be revisited in the future — based on an evaluation of the parking situation once the residents-only parking ends. It may also reconsider prohibiting all parking along North Boulevard. 

On May 5, the council pulled an ordinance up for adoption that would have put in place a more permanent on-street parking permit program — a measure aimed at easing parking congestion, particularly when there is an influx of visitors and renters during a typical summer season.

READ MORE: Lake Como Council Wants More Time to Examine Residential Permit Parking Plan Post-Coronavirus

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