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OG map from the BPA


Parking in OG–so far, an exercise in stirring the pot.  Keep on dancing.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.

The Better Parking Alliance  (BPA) is conducting another survey.  This was announced in an email today:

“Thank you again for completing our earlier survey in August/September 2019. We received 622 responses and shared the survey findings with the community on various online forums in late October. Since then we’ve researched parking solutions implemented by other Jersey Shore towns, and we’ve met with key stakeholders in Ocean Grove and the Township. We’ve been busy!

“As we narrow in on a proposed pilot program for summer 2020, we ask that you take this short follow-up survey. Your feedback combined with the responses from other concerned community members will help guide our approach with the Neptune Township committee.”

Editor’s Note:

Although it’s good to know that they are moving forward in a positive direction, this BPA survey of your opinions doesn’t offer much wiggle room.

You can choose an “overnight permit parking plan” or nothing, and there are no details as to what such a plan means or why they chose this approach which seems significantly less than ideal.

If the special reserved spaces are not available until, let’s say, 6 pm, then we will have already been struggling all day during grid-lock to find parking.

So by 6 pm, this plan will be too late, as most of us will have found overnight parking somewhere by then.  It’s not clear why this is the best the BPA could come up with, but I imagine they will offer more details in the future.

The survey does offer a place to put your comments, so even if this plan doesn’t sound so interesting, it’s probably best if we continue being supportive.  But being cornered into voting “yes” or “no”  on a pilot plan seems manipulative.

However, it is wonderful to see some citizens take an activist position in this town. It is the first time since Herb Herbst and his band of brothers  (?and sisters) pushed for solutions to help the residents of our town over 30 years ago.

Here is the email of the BPA—-They say, “Please feel free to email us.”





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