Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Downtown Parking

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Good morning Mr. Mayor,

It truly is wonderful that you are such a public friendly person and that you care so deeply for the people of Lakewood.

I know that there are numerous opinions regarding enforcing the current parking regulations in the downtown area, especially the 2 hour parking limit along Clifton Ave. Some feel that enforcement would help free us badly needed parking spaces while others claim that Downtown Lakewood should be shopper friendly and therefore it’s best to keep the current situation.

My question to you Mr. Mayor is, how do you feel about this topic?

Thanks and all the best,

Moshe Z.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Hello Moshe,

Lack of parking can be the biggest obstacle to the success of downtown businesses. I know first hand how frustrating it is to be late for a meeting at town hall because I cannot find a spot! I never like to advocate ticketing people, but I believe that the limit on street parking downtown should be enforced. I would prefer a period of warnings rather than summonses. This is a topic the committee has discussed several times. I will bring it back for discussion at our next meeting.


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  1. The only way Clifton Ave will survive and shops will cease closing is by turning Town Square into a classy parking garage. Otherwise in 2 years kiss Clifton goodbye. Adios!

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