WILDWOOD — Motorists searching for the closest parking spot to the beach this summer might want to check a little closer.
City commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance allowing parking on the sprawling beach for four-wheel-drive vehicles, according to a press release from the city’s Board of Commissioners.
The beach parking lot will be at Baker Avenue and will be attended, the release states. The city will charge $10 for daily parking on the beach, with prices during special events such as concerts rising to $20.
“Communities up and down the coast that offer on-beach parking have seen huge increases in their beach revenue,” Commissioner Pete Byron said in the release.
Byron said the city’s wide beaches allow for more spaces than other beaches that offer the same type of parking.
“Brigantine started parking on the beach in 2007,” Byron said. “And in 2014, they made more than $600,000. That’s a huge amount of money. For Wildwood taxpayers, $600,000 equals approximately 4 cents in tax savings per $100 of assessed value.”