Belmar boosts the price of parking along ocean to $2 an hour

Associated Press

It will cost more to park along the ocean in a popular Jersey shore town.

Belmar's council has voted to double the price of 320 parking meters on Ocean Avenue to $2 an hour. That means a visitor could pay as much as $8 a day.

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Parking on the west side of the street will remain free.

Mayor Matt Doherty tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1CyQpQl ) the town has been exploring ways to raise revenue to help pay down debt and to fund capital improvements.

Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly says the meters will generate close to $400,000. Sixty percent of the cash will go to the parking utility and 40 percent will be used for the beach.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com