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Seaside Heights Looks to Replace Coin-Operated Parking Meters

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A parking meter in Seaside Heights, June 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A parking meter in Seaside Heights, June 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

“Feeding the meter,” at the least the physical act of doing so, may not be long for Seaside Heights.

The borough will be keeping paid parking in place, but officials are actively looking for an electronic kiosk system to replace the coin-operated meters, which have become a frequent source of complaints in an era where fewer people carry cash, and drivers are subject to a ticket if they don’t physically visit the meter in time.

“We’re looking at a system where people can use an app” to purchase more time at the meter, said Mayor Anthony Vaz.

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The new system would replace both the old coin-operated meters, which only remain on streets farther from the beach, and an older  kiosk system design closer to the boardwalk. In the current system, there is no app access and tickets must be left on car dashboards.

“It will come down to price,” said Vaz, as to whether the town is able to afford a new system for next season.

A discussion on parking ensued after the owner of a borough restaurant said his customers were receiving tickets in the few moments after the meters expired and when they realized they needed to buy more time.

New kiosks “would solve a lot of problems,” Vaz said.

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  • Mac

    Costs. Let’s see. The meters have to be maintained, apparently only in ugly, and the coins have to be physically removed, with the only true accounting by those that remove them, versus a system of recorded revenue that could all but eliminate the heart and soul of the annual money tree windfall whose windshield ‘thank you for visiting’ decorations, aka parking tickets, inspire so many to come back again soon.

    Since a new kiosk appears to be self-defeating in and of itself, I suggest those having dinner at area restaurants be allowed to leave the parking ticket with the restaurant, and that the town forgive those tickets. A copy of a dinner check receipt could be attached, as it has the time and date stamped on it.

  • Barry Dugac

    By Changing over to the Electronic Kiosk System would cost 2 dollars per hour for parking. This would give you 7.5 minutes per 25 cents. It will cost you 50 cents more per hour. In Wildwood the meters are 2 dollars per hour. This would make Wildwood And Seaside Heights even with each other in parking per hour.

  • baycruiser

    Careful Seaside, all these new restaurants are great, but having to pay for parking is a definite reason not to come. They already hammer the people/families going to the boardwalk with ridiculous parking fees, and even took away those spaces that used to be free (which required a long walk to the boardwalk). Those of us going to eat or drink will choose a town where we don’t have to pay for parking.

    • Mac

      Seasonal traffic, unprincipled parking fees, and license plate readers. Now we know why Seaside is home to so many section eight and heavy drug abuse warriors flying under the radar. They don’t drive, so they don’t contribute to the traffic or show up on the police family plan license plate readers that airs all their recorded and documented dirty laundry instantly, and they don’t have to contribute to the local government’s two most profitable enterprises, parking meter fees and parking ticket income. So, when one takes the family to Seaside for dinner, things can quickly change to an experience similar to visiting a cafeteria in any state prison setting. Waiata.