LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como officials have taken to the streets to discourage visitors from coming into their communities during the state’s current stay-at-home order.
Effective April 25, Lake Como has implemented an emergency parking permit program for all residents, while Belmar is limiting parking to residents only on certain streets where out-of-towners have been congregating during the coronavirus crisis.
Beginning with 16th Avenue south to North Boulevard in Belmar, these streets include: B Street, Snyder Avenue, A Street, Surf Avenue, and 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Avenues. Large safety drums have been placed throughout this area of Belmar, with signage that resident parking only is permitted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Residents-only parking may soon be extended to Silver Lake at Fifth Avenue and Ocean Avenue as the Belmar Police Department and Office of Emergency Management continue to monitor that portion of the borough, according to officials.
Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer is optimistic that limiting on-street parking to residents in certain areas will adequately stop the flow of visitors into Belmar. But if not, residents-only parking will be extended on the entire side of town, east of Main Street, he said.
We’re going to take this one step at a time,” Walsifer said. “We can open and close parking where we see fit and where the needs are. We could wind up closing everything east of Main Street.”
In Lake Como, borough residents have received stickers that they are being asked to display on the rear driver’s side of their vehicles. This will allow the police department to identify legally parked cars within the borough. These stickers will not be required for vehicles parked in driveways.
To obtain additional decals with proof of residency, contact Borough Clerk/Administrator Louise Mekosh at 732-681-3232 or email@example.com.
Both actions represent the further tightening of restrictions in these seashore towns to keep out visitors in an effort to maintain social distancing — and stop the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions will be in effect until the state of emergency in New Jersey is lifted.
Lake Como Takes First Step to Implement Residents-Only Parking Plan at All Times
Lake Como's emergency residential parking plan prompted the borough council to introduce an ordinance on April 21 to officially place the program on the books — with some fine-tuning.
Under the measure, residential parking permits would be required in the borough’s residential zones, but not in its business district along Main Street. Its aim is to ease parking congestion, particularly when there is an influx of visitors and renters during a typical summer season.
To be eligible, residents would need to show proof of residency as an owner, household member or tenant and show present a vehicle registration in that name. Two visitor permits would be issued per household.
Owners of vehicles without valid permit stickers could face having their vehicles towed and a minimum fine of $50.
Borough officials still need to hammer out how to address on-street parking for Joe’s Surf Shack — a bar located in a residential area on 18th Avenue — within the parameters of the proposed regulations. A public hearing and final vote on the measure will be held on May 5.
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