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Report: Mantoloking Will Have to Give Up Restrictive Parking Plan

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A two-hour parking limit sign. (File Photo)
A two-hour parking limit sign. (File Photo)

An local community that has previously come under fire for making its parking restrictions so extreme that it would have a de facto effect of preventing non-residents from attending its beaches must lift the restrictions as a condition of receiving a federal beach replenishment project.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Mantoloking, which allows vehicles to park just two hours at a time town-wide – even changing spaces after two hours would earn a motorist a ticket as long they parked somewhere else within the town – would change their time limit to four hours and allow parking on Route 35.

“Part of the deal with the [U.S. Army] Corps is increased access,” Borough Councilman Chris Nelson told AP reporter Wayne Parry on Thursday. “In Mantoloking, a lot of things have to change. That’s part of the requirement from the Army Corps.”

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The move comes as part of a requirement on the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which requires beach access and proper parking facilities in towns where federal money is spent to repair beaches.

Mantoloking, one of the wealthiest towns in New Jersey – and the nation – has long creatively skirted beach access requirements, between the parking scheme and placing public entrances at the minimum length required, but refusing to guard those beaches. Guarded beaches were reserved for members of a private association, which requires a minimum beach badge order which would be out of reach for most families.


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  • PJ

    Please, no parking on Rt 35. Traffic is bad enough and needing to watch out for bicycles and people crossing for the beaches….narrowing lanes by allowing parking is an accident in the making.

  • Mike Gant

    agreed it can make it difficult but where would you like them to find parking for the beach goers?

  • Martha Smith Plowman

    This has been a long time coming. Changes are needed

    • Mac

      Then again, it would be much less expensive, and much more practical, especially in improving the quality of life throughout the entire community, to allow them to maintain their ‘F.U.’ disregard for the citizens that underwrite their ‘super-privileged, self-entitled, better than you fantasy super-sized beach huts’, and allow Mother Nature to continue to do what she does best, by sending a big wave to wipe the current infested environment clean for a more thoughtfully developed new neighborhood restructuring that can be respected by all citizens throughout the homeland.

  • Mac

    Oh please, such cruel punishment! Imagine the sacrifice involved in changing two-hour parking limits within a 24-hour period throughout the village to four-hour parking restrictions within a 24-hour period throughout the village. Let’s hope surrounding communities are standing by to provide extra ambulance service as a massive amount of the Mantoloking hoodwinkers blood pressures boil over, requiring more American taxpayer funds to bail them out again.

  • Surfrider

    Beach badges in Mantoloking are almost as cheap as dirt. Could stand out on 35 with a cup and probably get the summer price of a badge in an hour or so! And you wouldn’t want people parking in front of your house either! There is not that many places to park anyway. You have the bike path now (wonder where that idea came from?) so cannot park on 35….You can get about 6 cars on both streets south of the bridge, more to the north, just before Bayhead……..The hasidics jump on those spots after hours…most of those places have been in the same families for years! Good for them, they keep it nice looking, imagine if it were like mantoloking road along there? They were smart when they broke away from Brick, all of them did Bayhead, Manasquan………

    • Mac

      I can support that. Simply pay for your own beach restorations, beach protections, beach maintenance, your own road repairs non-residents are restricted from sharing with you, and obtain your own non-taxpayer supported insurance for hurricane and such related damages and recoveries. I mean, I’ll willing to let you own it for your own selfish uses, both all of the good selfish satisfactions you desire and all of the bad you’ll loudly whine about when things don’t go as well as they were touted. Surfs up.

    • KaayC

      Absolutely!

    • Andy Pat

      Manasquan (north of river of same name) was never part of Brick. Bay Head, Mantoloking and both Point Pleasant Boro and Beach were previously part of Brick. I will support anyone who runs for Mayor of Brick who supports bringing these renegade breakaways back into the Township, by any means necessary. Then we make all beach access Free!

      • Andy Pat

        Oh yeah, Lakewood was also part of Brick but I do not think we want it back now.

      • Surfrider

        You are right i misspoke. Replace that with mantoloking and portions of Lakewood twsp. and bay head, you got me to read some brick history again. We all should get out with the realestate taxes here! I ain’t digging in!

  • KaayC

    In an area with no restroom facilities what difference does it make? This is irrelevant.

    • Mac

      When you gotta go, you gotta go. Oopsie πŸ™‚

      • KaayC

        Yep, idk kinda makes that beach/ocean a bit of a toilet.

  • Martha Smith Plowman

    These restrictions were set up this way to pretty much eliminate out of towners to use the beaches. These restrictions have been in place for years.

    • Mac

      My understanding is these restrictions were first put in place a few years after Henry Ford revolutionized the auto industry. Many of our current Ocean County leaderships are still regulated by those who were merely young children at the time.

      • Martha Smith Plowman

        How true. They will fight this and in the end not much will change. Besides there are so many beaches with parking and restroom facilities why bother.

      • Mac

        Personal pride. Personal values. Thoughts for the futures of those I’m responsible for bringing into this world. I’m tried of watching second rate lack of values lead the sheep to third-world pastures when I know how easy it is to become a goat and put them in a corner. It’s not that I’m superior, or even a whole lot, if any, better than them. Frankly, I’m not much different than any of you, and I’m not doing anything you can’t do yourselves. I just know that once they make you a committee of one, you quickly learn they are simply not that good at all, especially as a group. It’s child’s play really.

  • bayboat65 .

    To quote Basil Fawlty, “We’re looking for a higher class of clientele.”

    • Mac

      Are you referring to a village government that provides its residents and some neighbors with a public restroom on the beach? Or do the locals believe everyone in the village runs home when that overwhelming urge becomes unbearable?