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Blogfinger’s Finger Not On Belmar

There’s a post by Paul Goldfinger, of the Ocean Grove-based blog Blogfinger, bemoaning the absence of resident-only parking permits there.

He may be right about the situation in Ocean Grove but then at the end he points out how much better Belmar is:

Consider Belmar: In 2015 they closed down the entire town when the number of cars exceeded the number of spaces during a seafood festival. But the official Belmar stance on parking, as stated by their mayor, is that they place the interests of their residents first.

Their online site says, “Belmar’s leadership and citizenry always understood that lack of parking is a serious problem here and that increases in the availability of parking must accompany any increased development.”  (His emphasis)

That’s a hoot.  We’re lucky nobody died on that weekend.

And by the way, the only resident parking permits in the whole town of Belmar are for one block of 15th Ave. alongside the Boathouse.


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Don’t know if it’s true but I heard Belmar lost 90 something very needed parking spots along Ocean Avenue after Hurricane Sandy. The design with the rock islands is terrible as it prevents people from safely discharging passengers at the beach in a safe area. Prior to the rock islands there was a safe spot for cyclist and people walking their dogs during off hours but now they get forced out into traffic,especially on fifth avenue in front of the pavilion. The worse traffic and parking get the more we should look towards encouraging safe cycling.

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    The Mayor has the outsiders fooled since he favors visitors and their beer money over residents.

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink
  3. Maria wrote:

    The rock garden along ocean avenue should go as they are too dangerous for walkers, skateboarders, bicycles, young children etc. a better design should be in the future

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:58 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    If Monmouth County employed professionals are in charge of Ocean Avenue design post Sandy Why don’t Bradley Beach, Avon and Spring g Lake have those obstructive dangerous, hazardous dock obstacles that reduced parking space and drop off locations for Beach goers, bicyclists, walkers and motor vehicles?

    What did Matt’$ Maser Overseers do when they allowed this untenable situation?

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  5. Joe Smolinski wrote:

    stop dwindling down the number of parking spots on the street would be a good start. I see this happen EVERY MAY

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  6. Bill Straus wrote:

    I asked at a council meeting while they were still putting in the “rocks” and was told they lost about 78 spaces if I remember. The real topper was when I asked whose stupid idea this was they blamed it on the county saying they required it for the “county road”. You’ll never get a straight answer from these people.

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  7. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Marina slip renters get parking placards.
    Belmar residential property owners:
    – pay for sidewalks
    – pay for curbs
    – pay for street trees
    – pay higher homeowner liability insurance
    – pay higher auto insurance rates
    – pay for a Tourism Commission to make a parking nightmare

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Belmar residents should get parking permits for a small fee.

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink
  9. Big ones wrote:

    But the parking permits are useless only good if parking is available in trailer parking lot

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    There must be 20 parking spaces on North Blvd in Lake Como along the lake but you can’t park there because the curb is yellow. Why is parking allowed on the Belmar portion of North Blvd but not on the Lake Como portion of North Blvd?

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
  11. Matt Harmon wrote:

    I can tell u what road does have permit parking in town

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm | Permalink
  12. Tulip wrote:

    #11. It is the side street along side

    of your building. We were at the

    meeting when the people told how coming

    Home from work couldn’t park in front

    Of their own houses. Thus permits.

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

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