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Safety First in Belmar, NJ Will Land You a Parking Ticket

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Safety First in Belmar, NJ Will Land You a Parking Ticket

I just enjoyed a beautiful day with my 3 kids (all under 7) at the Belmar, NJ- beach.  As safety always comes first when I’m with my three kids, I chose to park in the nearest metered parking space to the 20th Street beach entrance AND as an extra precaution I backed into the space- not wanting to have my back facing traffic while I unloaded the kids and our trunk full of sand toys, towels and etc.

This way, I could pop the trunk, unload everything right on the side walk with my kids standing next to me- not waiting in the hot car or alone on the sidewalk while I run around to the other side of the car to unpack our stuff.  And later when leaving, it is much safer to drive frontwards out of a parking spot when leaving this busy beach area.

We then put about 12 quarters in the meter (25 cents/15 minutes) and made our way to the beach.

photo11 Safety First in Belmar, NJ Will Land You a Parking TicketAfter just under 3 hours of fun, we made it back to the car with 18 minutes left on the meter AND a parking ticket, a $45 ticket. I was in shock! There was time left on the meter.  Did the meter man make a mistake?

I saw a Spring Lake cop who told me I needed to find an officer with a blue shirt on (Belmar, NJ)  I saw no “blue shirts” around.  I had three hungry sandy kids and a 2 year old who was starting to lose it.  I decided to just call the number on the ticket.

I was told that it is illegal to back into an angled parking spot. I told them that there were no signs stating this rule and that I was trying to be a careful safe Mother unloading her 3 kids alone for a day at the beach.  Did I mention there was another mini-van next to me parked the same way also with a ticket.  I’m sure that Mom didn’t know the “rule” either.

They said it was a State law.  I told them I was from Pa. & had no idea and that I think I should have just gotten a warning since there were no signs. They said I could fight it in court.

Really?  Will they pay my child care and gas money to get to NJ court from my home in Pa?  I’m sure NOT and they probably count on people not fighting these tickets.  Way to go Belmar- you just made $90 on two Moms trying to safely unload their kids at the beach- feel good?

Sigh…What do you think!?

(Toes in the picture belong to my 7 year old)

 Safety First in Belmar, NJ Will Land You a Parking Ticket

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Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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  • What a HUGE bummer!!!! I would NOT be a happy camper either. I had no idea this was a law. If you can savor ANY bit of good from this… just know that you saved another Mother… as in me, from doing the same thing… and probably others Moms for that matter :)

  • Kristen says:

    Super annoying way to make money for the town. I will spare you the details, but it was just as ridiculous. Unfortunately she was writing the ticket as the kids and I were walking to the car and I went ballistic. Do you think drinking too much coffee can make one behave poorly Diva? My husband laughed at me and told me it is how they make their money, but I am still irate! Sorry that happened to you. Hope you all had a great day on the beach.

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