Officials in a New Jersey shore town are backing off from a proposed ordinance requiring residential parking permits on streets with beach access points.
Deal Mayor Sam Cohen announced Friday that the borough council plans to table the proposed parking ordinance for further review. That will likely come at the council’s July 27 meeting.
Critics claim the measure caters to the owners of multi-million dollar beachfront homes while restricting others from the borough’s free beaches. But Cohen has said the ordinance aims to appease beachfront residents who have continually complained about parking near their homes.
The Citizens in Opposition to Beach Restrictive Access group claims the ordinance violates a provision of the roughly $40 million taxpayer-funded beach replenishment project that requires reasonable public access to the beach.