In just a couple of weeks, Red Bank visitors will get a brief reprieve from the new electronic parking kiosks and those pesky parking tickets that seem to pop up on windshields out of nowhere mere seconds after meters expire.
Free holiday parking is coming back to town.
Beginning Dec. 10 and running through Christmas, visitors to Red Bank will be able to park in metered spots throughout the downtown for free. That includes both parking lots with electronic kiosks and those parking spaces still with coin meters.
The annual parking charity measure is designed to attract more visitors to do their holiday shopping downtown and is promoted by Red Bank RiverCenter. However, borough Councilwoman Kathy Horgan had one recommendation for RiverCenter Executive Director Nancy Adams.
"Nancy, please tell the retailers to stay open," she pleaded, recounting a story of trying to shop downtown a week before Christmas last year only to find several shops closed rather early in the evening. "They need to stay open so we can spend our money."
Adams said that problem is quickly taking care of itself.
"The good news is there are a lot of new retailers in town that are staying open later already on non-holidays," she said.