Parking at a premium along the shores of Downbeach. A new movie theater in Ventnor will only intensify the battle over limited parking spaces. That’s why residents packed Ventnor City Hall chambers on Thursday night, Feb 13.
Feedback requested over potential new parking rules within the North Beach (NOBE) section of Ventnor.
North Beach, NOBE, is the area in Ventnor that includes Jackson Ave to Frankford Ave, from beach to bay.
The long awaited, Ventnor Movie Theater slated to open Spring 2020. Comfy seats. High-tech sound, burgers and a bar. One large screen & two smaller ones.
320 movie seats. 190 restaurant seats. 17 parking spaces. Do the math.
Side Note: Many, like us, were told the meeting started at 6p. The city sent out a public memo announcing the 6p start time. Actually, the meeting started at 5:30p. Luckily, we can watch the posted video. Kudos to the city for implementing the new, City Hall Chambers video system.
The huggable Rich Gober of Ventnor’s NOBE neighborhood thinks a parking garage should have been considered for the soon-to-open theater.
AirBnB. Vrbo. These short-term rental properties both contributing to the parking challenge says Gober. Some still not registering their AirBnB with the City of Ventnor.
Ventnor Parking Puzzle. 600 spaces for 4,000 permitted vehicles.
Driveway curb-cuts also reduce parking availability. Some households use more curb space than others. Some vehicles (large SUVs and pick-ups) take up more space.
Current Status of Ventnor Permit Parking:
- Cost of $1 dollar per permit. That will soon change.
- Residents with multiple cars. Each vehicle can get a permit.
- Unlimited amount of permits available per household.
- Rental residents entitled to parking permits. Guest permits, too.
- Permitted cars can park with no time limits.
- Every NOBE business employee can get a permit.
For Comparison: Sea Isle City charges $250 for a parking permit. They have hard limit of 600 total permits sold.
So far, mostly unattractive options to address the Ventnor Summer parking problem.
- Eliminate permits for Ventnor Northbeach high-rises
- Go to 3 hour permitting
- Eliminate parking permits all-together.
- Limit amount of permits per household
- Compel homeowners to use their driveway
Commissioner Kriebel: North Beach is an exception. Is that fair?
City will study what, if any, impact there’ll be when the movie theater potentially opens later this Spring.
Bike lanes can potentially affect parking spaces too.
Next step: get more input from citizens. Another meeting and workshop will be needed. City will collect more data from Ventnor Parking Department.
Ventnor Police Chief Biagi: No ultimate answer. This is gonna hurt some people, no matter what. It’s gonna help some people… no matter what.