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Point Beach Nixes Court Appearances for 'After Hours' Tickets

Fine now set at $48 bucks, officials say

no longer require a court appearance and now cost $48, according to two Point Beach council members.

The tickets can now be paid by mail or online, only requiring a mandatory court appearance for those pleading not guilty, wrote Point Beach Councilmember Michael Corbally in Patch Comments on Monday.

"Letters will go out this week for folks who have received tickets prior to today," Corbally wrote. "Sorry for the confusion." 

Corbally could not be reached to elaborate.

However, Councilmember Kristine Tooker, when reached by telephone on Monday evening, said she, other council members and police officials had received an email on Monday afternoon that the mandatory court appearance had been eliminated.

Municipal Court Administrator Michelle A. Sargent had written an email to Borough Administrator Christine Riehl notifying her that there is no longer a mandatory court appearance.

Tooker said, "This is what we wanted, we had never intended for there to be a mandatory court appearance."

Sargent's email also said the District 4 parking plan ticket is now on the municipal violation fee schedule. That means the District 4 fine, like other parking fines, is now set at $48. Riehl had forwarded the email to the mayor, council and police officials on Monday afternoon.

Until now, there had been no set fee. The amount of the fine was to be determined at court appearances.

Sargent's email also requested that the news be posted on the municipal website, Tooker said.

The parking plan went into effect on June 22, after warnings were issued from June 15 to June 22.

Parking is free in the Silver Lake parking lot at Arnold and Ocean avenues from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Municipal Attorney Sean Gertner had said at the last council meeting that he anticipated that he and court officials could find a way to eliminate the mandatory court appearance for the District 4 tickets. The ticket was a "court-mandated summons" apparently because it had never been included on the municipal violation fee schedule.

According to Gertner, Municipal Court Judge James Liguori has said the court is not accepting any payment of fines until there is a resolution of lawsuits fighting the parking plan. the other by a group including a local marina, commercial charter fishing boat captains and residents.

KingNeptune August 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
What a bunch of cry babies. Everything cost money, just stay home and quit wining!
KingNeptune August 02, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Supply and demand. If people weren't willing to pay those prices, they wouldn't be charging them. If you want cheep, grab a six pack of Papst Blue Ribbon, order of the dollar menu at McDonalds and sit in the parking lot. Or just stay home and eat hot pockets.
JD August 02, 2012 at 12:04 PM
That is not what I paid Aqualung.. $6 for ice cream... lol... that is a large in a waffle cone.. Small is $3.50 Guess what... the ice cream place on Rte. 88 near Burnt Tavern is $5.50.. and you get to eat your ice cream in the parking lot!!! The small is $3. I go to PPB often... NEVER EVER seen parking over $20.. You can always go to the Subway next to the boardwalk at Arnold and Ocean and get your $5 footlong!! Bring it to the beach or do what lots of people do.... pack a cooler for the beach.
sayotlikeyameanit August 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
wonder when they are going to get smart & give out a " local" discount at the vendors on the broadwalk... IT MIGHT actually build business, so many of us stay away during the summer bcz of the high cost & the bennies... it may actually get us to come back if ya offer a discount to locals only ... (from atlantic highlands to manahawkin ??) (( why NOT, theres student discount, senior discounts why not give something to the people that help build the town yr round.. NOT abuse it for 3 months )))
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