A large municipal lot located on the western portion of Seaside Heights will reopen to motorists this summer after being shut down in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The lot, located off Bay Boulevard between Hamilton and Sumner avenues, was used as a staging area for storm cleanup after Sandy, with equipment also having been stored there throughout the Route 35 reconstruction project.
“It’s state-owned, but they let us use it,” said Mayor Anthony Vaz. “After the storm they used it as a central location for the whole strip, from Point Pleasant on down. Now they’re done and they’re cleaning it up.”
At a borough council meeting Wednesday, officials learned that the state Department of Transportation would be funding a repaving of the lot, as well as restriping the parking spaces. When completed, Seaside Heights will charge $1 per hour for parking, less than the $1.50 hourly rate it charges elsewhere in town. Kiosks will be activated to accept payments.