<strong><a href="http:\/\/thecoaster.net\/wordpress\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/06\/coaster-news-200-new.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-19536" src="http:\/\/thecoaster.net\/wordpress\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/06\/coaster-news-200-new.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" \/><\/a>By DON STINE<\/strong>\r\n\r\nA comprehensive parking study in Ocean Grove is expected to be completed by the fall,\u00a0 officials said.\r\n\r\n\u201cOcean Grove is still saturated with parking this year and the study should be just as viable as if the Covid19 pandemic were not here,\u201d Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association President Michael Badger said earlier this week.\r\n\r\nThe Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association initiated the parking study earlier this year and it is expected it will be completed by the fall. Parking shortages in Ocean Grove have been a long-standing problem.\r\n\r\nThe national firm Kimley-Horn, with local offices in Princeton and Hoboken, has been hired by the OGCMA and will identify issues and develop workable parking options informed by field observation and industry best practices.\r\n\r\nThe goal of the study is to provide recommendations for the development of potential parking programs and policies of the type and magnitude to meet the diverse parking requirements of Ocean Grove.\r\n\r\nBadger said a number of factors related to Covid-19 are affecting the parking study\r\n\r\n\u201cBut the full study will be just as viable as if the Covid-19 was not a factor,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nHe said there is less parking now at the northern end of Ocean Grove because Asbury Park\u2019s bars and restaurants are not open, except for outside dining. People would park in Ocean Grove and walk into Asbury Park to avoid paying to park in the city.\r\n\r\nHowever, those unused parking spaces are now occupied by the cars of residents with summer homes who have decided to shelter in place in Ocean Grove rather than in their year-round house.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe parking there is filled to capacity. They came down early this year and have stayed here. The number of New York license plates in Ocean Grove is through the roof,\u201d Badger said.\r\n\r\nSummer rentals in Ocean Grove also have to be for at least 31 days and that, in turn, brought more cars to Ocean Grove.\r\n\r\n\u201cMore people are here for the long-term than they were before,\u201d Badger said.\r\n\r\nBadger said that the number of people coming to the beach has also increased dramatically this year.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere are few other options for entertainment or religious meetings so we have been selling out of beach badges just about every day. We have a highly-congested community right now. The study should still provide representative data that will be applicable in later years,\u201d he said.