By DON STINE
Vehicles parked on Ocean and Main Avenues in Ocean Grove will have to be moved for 90 minutes once a week from April 15 through October 15 so streets can be cleaned under an ordinance introduced by the Neptune Township Committee this week.
The ordinance, which will have a public hearing on Thurs., May 21, applies to the entire length of Ocean Avenue and on Main Avenue from New York to Central Avenue.
It requires vehicles be removed for at least 90 minutes on the east side of Ocean Avenue from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on Thursdays and for the same hours on Fridays on the western side of the street.
Vehicles must be removed on Main Avenue on the north side of the streets during the same hours on Thursdays and on the south side on Fridays.
All other previous parking restrictions for street cleaning on Main Avenue will be eliminated under the ordinance.
Committeeman Randy Bishop said there is a street-sweeping ordinance that affects the entire township but that this new schedule for Ocean and Main avenues is more in-line with what was previously done only on Main Avenue.
He said the two streets are being singled out for two reasons.
“First, the business districts along both streets are the most visible places for those visiting Ocean Grove. Second, it helps us make certain people are not abusing parking their vehicles there for the entire summer and using them as beachfront lockers, which absolutely does occur,” he said.