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Point Beach Trying to Take Court Appearance Out of Parking Infraction

Also: District 4 parking fines not being collected yet

 

Frank Gualtieri isn't happy about getting a ticket.

But he never would have come to a Point Beach Council meeting to complain if it didn't require a court appearance.

"It was an honest mistake, I didn't know about the parking plan," he told the mayor and council at Tuesday night's meeting at "I don't have a problem paying it, but I oppose a mandatory court appearance for this. It's a parking ticket!"

"You were talking before about negative publicity," Gualtieri told them. "This is why some of it exists."

Gualtieri, a former Beach resident who now lives in Brick, is one of many residents and visitors who have started noticing that their District 4 parking tickets have the box checked off for a mandatory court appearance. That's "mandatory" even if they, like Gualtieri, would much rather just mail in a check and forget about it.

Plans are in the works so that a District 4 ticket is no longer a "court-mandated summons"

Municipal Attorney Sean Gertner said at the meeting he is working with municipal court staff to turn the "court-mandated summons" into a parking ticket, like all other Point Beach parking tickets, that does not require a court appearance.

"I'm fairly confident this issue will be resolved," he said. "I have a meeting this week to finalize the process. I'll have a final answer by the next council meeting."

No one on the dais objected to that. Mayor Vincent Barrella said in an interview earlier that day that he thinks the District 4 tickets should be treated the same as other local parking tickets, which do not require court appearances.

In a recent interview, Councilmember Kristine Tooker said she believes no one had intended to make the District 4 ticket a "court-mandated summons" and that she supported efforts to eliminate that requirement.

Gertner said later he does not think that resolving the problem will require council to amend

One option being explored is to include the District 4 tickets on the municipal fee schedule, which means the amount of the fine will be set and those ticketed can mail in payment. A court appearance would only be needed for those wishing to plead not guilty and contest the ticket, similar to other local parking tickets.

District 4 parking fines not collected yet

Gertner also said that Municipal Court Judge James Liguori has said he will not have the court collecting any District 4 parking plan fines at least until all pending litigation is resolved.

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Gertner said that's probably why Gualtieri's court date wasn't scheduled until Sept. 28, because the judge doesn't want the town collecting any fines now anyway.

But for Gualtieri, postponing a court date to September just made the court requirement sting even more, since he is a teacher at Freehold High School.

"I would have to take time off from school and last year I had a perfect attendance record," he said. When Gertner told him the requirement will probably be eliminated, he seemed relieved.

Municipal officials agreed that when the issue is resolved, news about the decision will be posted on the municipal website and that notices will likely be sent to those who received tickets.

Hanging tags, damaged tags and impact on tourism

Robert Dixon, who has lived full-time on the Boardwalk for the past 12 years, told council that the hang tags given out to residents get easily damaged and are too long to keep on while you're driving because they could block visibility or be a hazard, so they have to constantly be removed and then put back again. That can lead to drivers forgetting to hang them again, which can lead to tickets, he said.

Barrella said the police officers have to ticket those in violation, whether the violation is due to forgetfulness or other factors.

"I would think that you, as a law enforcement officer, would understand that," Barrella said to Dixon, who is a Roselle police officer in Union County.

Barrella said any residents with damaged hang tags can have them replaced by the Borough Administrator's office.

Each District 4 household receives five parking hang tags, allowing them to park in District 4 from midnight to 6 a.m., when it is otherwise off-limits, and households in other parts of town get one hang tag. Employees of businesses in District 4 are also eligible for the free hang tags.

Dixon said the town did not put enough thought and planning into the District 4 plan, as evidenced by mandates for unnecessary court appearances and hang tags that are easily damaged.

Moreover, he alleged, the news about the parking restrictions is keeping people away from the community's tourism attractions.

"No one's coming here anymore," he said.

The parking plan expires in September and would not be implemented against next year without council adopting a new ordinance to do so.

Earlier in the meeting, Corbally had said during his committee report, "The District 4 parking plan seems to be working, except for those who got tickets." He said municipal officials are working on a way to eliminate the mandated court appearance.

Some say plan is keeping noise and litter out of residential neighborhoods

Regarding the effectiveness of the parking plan, Councilmember Kristine Tooker said, "District 4 is dramatically quieter. I wish some of our businesses would advertise that parking is free in the Silver Lake Lot from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m."

The large parking lot is on the corner of Arnold and Ocean avenues.

Representatives for Jenkinson's and Martell's could not immediately be reached for comment.

Barrella, Tooker, Corbally and Councilmember Bret Gordon had voted in favor of the parking plan, saying it was necessary to have more people parking in lots rather than on residential streets being loud and disruptive.

Councilmembers Stephen Reid, William Mayer and Tim Lurie had voted against the parking plan, saying it would unfairly hurt local businesses and potentially lead to residents, not just boardwalk patrons, getting tickets. In recent, separate interviews, the three said they did not know that the plan required court appearances for those ticketed and they are against that.

Dave Cavagnaro, a Parkway resident, said he has noticed that municipal roads in District 4 are cleaner than they had been before the parking plan went into full effect on June 22 and also cleaner than Ocean County roads.

"This is another sign the parking plan is doing some good," Cavagnaro said.

Mr. Happy July 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Hi A Resident- Looks like the people in D3 will be clamoring for the parking plan, not engaging in lawsuits; besides the parking lawsuits already on file look like losers anyway. Time for 3 & 4 to unite and finally solve the neighborhood parking problem. But I have to say, it's nice to hear that it wasn't D4 whiners that "created" a parking issue. We are now getting solid empirical evidence from D3 now. Looks like the squeaky wheel has become the squeaky wheels. When will the naysayers admit defeat?
A Resident July 30, 2012 at 06:32 PM
J. You are right, there does not appear to be a problem with parking in D1 and/or D2. Up until recently...there did not appear to be a problem with parking in D3 either. But something changed....a town ordinance pushing people off the streets of D4. So they apparently moved to D3 now....which means the town's ordinance CREATED that problem for D3. The cars are not magically disappearing...they are moving. So if D3 has same plan as D4.....the cars could move to D1 and/or D2. Now the Town has taken the D4 parking issue (That has been around for ~30 years) and pushed it into the other districts.....that is what would/could lead to more lawsuits. And if the town pushes the parking ban to all 4 districts....then were do cars park?
A Resident July 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Again, neither of the parking lawsuits has been decided in any way....but you know that. D3 is getting the overflow from D4 that is being created by the town ordinance. That is a result of the town changing something. That's a big difference over D4 having parking issues for many many years that are/were NOT caused by town ordinances. Never said D4 whiners created the parking issue....just said that D4 whiners making a big deal (now) about a 30+ year old part of life.
blindbert July 30, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Resident, How about the huge increase of patrons that are the BW clubs hold. Thirty years ago they held a quarter of the people they now do. The BW also stays open a lot longer. The BCL's that bought the Boardwalk changed and expanded those operations. In addition to that society's little twenty somethings have been really scraping the bottom. I spoke to some local twenty + year old who said it is a drunken baccanal up there, You got to see it to believe it.
Mike Corbally July 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM
District IV parking tickets may now be paid by mail or on-line effective 6/12/12. Court appearances will only be required for those pleading not guilty. Letters will go out this week for folks that have received tickets prior to today. Sorry for the confusion.
Mr. Happy July 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Hi A Resident- Let's look at your 2:35 PM entry. Paragragh #1- The lawsuits have not been decided-correct. The reaction of the Superior Court Judge and the Appellate Court give pretty strong indicators where the cases are going. Paragraph #2- You admit there was a parking issue of D4. "Overflow." Right? And #3- Ahhh, yes. Finally, after 30+ years, we have a governing body that places the PEOPLE of their town before the menace created by the BW. Should the people suffer for another 30 years, while you call it "part of life?" D4 has experienced what pro-active govt. can do. D3 will now have the same experience once the parking plan expands. Change is happening Resident, for the better. Embrace it.
One Man's Opinion July 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Simply made up nonsense. In the 30's and 40's Jenks had 2000 sq feet for drinking and dancing. Martells had a full dining room and deck for music, including the Four Seasons, throughout the 40s 50s and 60s. Bands had backs to the south bar and faced the dining room and deck. Many pictures of this exist. Just look at the Point Pleasant books published by Arcadia Press. You want to change what PPB has always been at least tell the truth about what you are doing, rather than making up what you wish was true.
One Man's Opinion July 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM
For all who think the Parking Plan is working. Let's put it to a vote. Ask residents of D4 if they want it to continue. Ask D3 if they want it. No reason to believe the politicians and their supporters. Let's ask the voters.
Mr. Happy July 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Hi Sybil- D4 already voted for it. The cancer has been shifted to D3. They would vote for it too, but it needn't come to that, the ordinance will be changed to include D3. Mike C.- Thanks for fixing the parking issue with the mandatory court appearance. Govt. isn't always perfect, great to see corrections made. Thanks!
Part Timer July 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I for one vote...yes, but my vote does not count... Could we please stop asking for a vote on every issue. The Mayor and Council are put in place for a reason... to do what they feel is best for our town. Yes, we do not all agree on everything they do and that is why you (not me) have the chance to make your own changes at election time...
Part Timer July 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Thank you, one less thing people have to complain about...
Part Timer July 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM
District 3, How do you like the Parking plan now...............................................
ILOVEMAYORBARRELLA July 31, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Agreed, But It would change if all of a sudden they needed your vote for a political point then it would count. Then they would be requesting to send an online data for your vote.
Spooner July 31, 2012 at 02:03 AM
How many patrons are you sending to the Tiki Bar tonight to fill all the empty chairs and bar stools. . .with all that square footage busting out all over! http://www.tikibar.com/pages/webcam_boardwalk.html
ILOVEMAYORBARRELLA July 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
It is amazing how some on here is blaming parking for the reason why there is so many problems in Point Pleasant Beach right now. Tourists are not coming here because of it, businesses are down, beach badges is down according to Spooner, not sure if that is true. It is all the Mayor and council members who did a good thing for the residents in D4 who have been begging for sleep and quiet at 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the morning. How dare they? Maybe it has nothing to do with anything other than the economy is down. That is the usual excuse according to Spooner and other boardwalk supporters. Maybe the tourists that are coming need to make choices where they are going to spend their money. Maybe they are parking in both D3 and any spot open in D4 before parking in the municipal lot where it is costing them money. Maybe they are going to other beaches because the cost is less. Maybe regarding why other towns beach revenue being up is the fact that every beach in both Ocean and Monmouth County is free for kids under 12, except for Point Beach, where only 4 and under are free. Just might be a contributing factor. That is big during the economy if you have a lot of kids, even 1 or 2 is big. It could definitely be a contributing factor to people going to other beaches. Maybe people don't have the money for arcades, rides and food, so they choose just to go to a regular beach, no attractions and bring your own food. There could be a lot of Maybe's, no one will truly ever no why?
Mr. Happy July 31, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Hi Spooner- Try watching the Olympics, you may find it more inspiring than watching the tiki-web cam all the time. I guess all those empty bar stools mean the "resident's" diabolical plan to bring bad publicity is working??
A Resident July 31, 2012 at 02:47 AM
and yet...thirty years ago....D4 still had parking issues. Ya, I know....I lived there. Later in life I chose another district in town. PS - there are also more lots now than there were 30 years ago....
ILOVEMAYORBARRELLA July 31, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Yes, it is, the excuse they gave was all county roads has to be open to everyone. Therefore they have to take the special parking away from SS on County roads that they have been getting away with for the past 10 years or allowing us both to be able to use our parking plan on the county roads going through our town. The State can't allow one town without the other. If they did it would be considered discrimination.
A Resident July 31, 2012 at 02:48 AM
and how about instead of talking to someone....go see for yourself. I know I have. You'll get a very different opinion of what's going on when you actually see it for yourself. It's no where near as bad as people (on here) make it sound.
Spooner July 31, 2012 at 03:33 AM
ILMB- going to quote me. . .get the facts right...APP is reporting that Jenkinsons PR Director told them that their beach revenue is down 3-4%. . . and whether it's true or not. . .you'll have to take that up with them, or you calling them a liar? ...and your remark:"other than the economy is down. That is the usual excuse according to Spooner and other boardwalk supporters". . . you got that wrong?. . .actually the Barrella supporters are saying that! You got to get back on your side of the tracks with blindbert, etc. ...oh while we're making remarks: how's the motel/hotel tax revenue doing so far Mike. . .got any CFO publicly published figures. . .you do remember that the tax revenue goal this year is $210,000 . . .and also with what there saying here about parking off at the Silver Lake lot. . .what kind of publicly published revenue we talking about there so far...compared to last year?
ILOVEMAYORBARRELLA July 31, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Spooner: Maybe, because it is a Monday night and they were all their over the weekend. Maybe all the tourist had their full and drank to much. Maybe because they cancelled the Monday night special of Clipper, Stripper, Hookers and Lookers show.
blindbert July 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Yo opine, You stated that jenks had 2000 square feet of dancing and drinking. So how many people do you think that held?? Certainly not 2200.
blindbert July 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM
It is interesting what the county allows and where iit does. Take for exampl.e River Ave. That road was transferred to the town when the D1 sqeakers had issue .
blindbert July 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Now some of those sqeakers are complaining about the Loading behind the new Dollar general (old A&P) and say it is a fire zone. Does that same arguement apply to the foot of central ave, where it is a fire zone. . Many of those same do not like the Seafood fest. boo hoo! Depends on what District the Squeaker is from, to what happens.
A Resident July 31, 2012 at 06:22 PM
That was a Monday afternoon special...not Monday night.
ILOVEMAYORBARRELLA August 01, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Spooner, It would no be the first time Jenkinsons PR fudged the truth. How about they are down because of the economy. Go back and read some of the comments being made. All Barrella's supporters are guilty of is responding to all the boardwalk whiners that keeps on blaming their lack of business on everything but the economy. If everything stayed the same it would be the same results and then they all would be saying it is the economy. Everyone that I have talked to, not only NJ and the boardwalk are saying the same thing. They have been very slow, not many are going out to eat, vacation or hanging at bars... At least that is what they are claiming.
ILOVEMAYORBARRELLA August 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
AR, It might have started as an afternoon special and ended in to the night.
somebody August 01, 2012 at 03:07 PM
It is the old story. If it does not affect me, who cares? The Squeakers come out in different districts when the shoe is on the other foot. If any of the residents in the other districts were getting woken up every hour on the hour they would not only be squeaking. They would be hollering. Some residents have painted their own curb because they did not want tourist by their house and they were not in D4. We can't even have Ice Cream trucks in our town because of squeakers from District 1. After Stephen Reid was placed on council all he did was want to spend money towards the increase budget that he voted no against. I find that real funny, being he promised the D1 district expensive signs to stop the traffic on River avenue. Do you know how many other streets in point pleasant beach has problems. I am not saying River does not, but he was eager to spend a lot of money on this problem. It sounds like campaign promises to me. There is squeakers from all districts, just only D4 is getting blamed as usual.
mattmurphy August 02, 2012 at 11:36 AM
somebody - most locals prefer Hoffman's Ice Cream over the ice cream truck!
somebody August 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Not everyone.. Young.kids like the idea of buying from ice cream trucks or jimmys's ices.

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