Beware, local business owners!
Recently, asburypark.net received a call from a local phone number, 732-897-5735. The caller said she wanted to "verify" local businesses and help them secure their "listing on Google" for a "one-time fee." When informed that Google did not charge owners to have their businesses listed on the search engine, the caller did not argue and eventually hung up. We attempted to inform Google of this shady practice using their name, but the Internet behemoth said there would be a half-hour waiting time on the phone with no guarantee that the information would get to the right place. There is also no easy way to e-mail such information to Google, so we serve up this news brief as an advisory to local businesses.
Consultant recommends huge hikes in parking fees
The city paid a parking consultant $45,000 to recommend that it hire two new bureaucrats at a cost of $135,000, charge $3 for the first hour to park for dinner on Cookman Avenue, and increase resident parking permit fees by 4000 percent from $30 a year to $1200 a year. The consultant makes many other suggestions in a 152-page report which can be read online or downloaded.
Election results upheld
A Superior Court judge has upheld the results of November's election of John Moor as mayor of Asbury Park. A losing candidate sued, claiming that some ballots were improperly disqualified. The judge wanted 77 citizens to testify in court about their vote-by-mail ballots but lawyers were only able to get in touch with one of the voters.
Opinion split on beachfront food truck proposal
Plans to allow a half-dozen food trucks near the boardwalk north of Convention Hall have drawn objections from owners of adjacent high-end condominiums and lots of enthusiasm by seniors who live at the nearby Asbury Tower. The trucks would open at 11 am and leave after closing at 9 in the evening.
New city spot a smash hit
At peak times, people wait an hour or more for tables at the new Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten on Lake Avenue. The 6,000 square foot indoor space holds a lot of diners and drinkers, and the 9,000 square foot rooftop beer garden has't even opened yet.
Skate and Surf Fest sets headliners
The musical lineup for the 2015 Skate and Surf Festival will include Thrice, The Gaslight Anthem, Manchester Orchestra, Modern Baseball, The Wonder Years, mewithoutyou, Acceptance and Major League. Skate and Surf returned to Asbury Park in 2014 after an eight-year absence, The event will again take place in Bradley Park and along Ocean Avenue on May 16 and 17.