Taxi Company Parking Fight Hits The Streets

Neighbors now putting up 'crime scene tape' to prevent taxi drivers from parking

If you drive down Manchester Avenue in Brick, you might think a major crime had occurred there.

Yellow tape resembling the type hung at a crime scene lines several of the front lawns of the street's homes, tied to bushes and trash cans, leading a visitor to wonder if parking was allowed.

That's the point.

The reality: parking is allowed on the narrow block off Mantoloking Road, and an ongoing dispute with a taxi company located at the corner is what has led some neighbors to put up the yellow tape, as well as trash cans, flower pots and other makeshift obstacles that might dissuade one from parking a car there.

New Mantoloking Taxi has its office and parking lot at the corner of Mantoloking Road and Manchester Avenue, and neighbors say drivers employed by the company are leaving their personal vehicles parked on their narrow street while they work. In some cases, they say, there are so many cars parked that emergency vehicles would not be able to get through.

The dispute is the latest controversy in the saga of New Mantoloking's presence on the street. The main story has been the taxi company's ownership of two residential lots next to their regular parking lot. The company, without permission, paved over the residential lots and used them for extra parking. Last month, the township council through September – only if it agreed not to use the illegally paved portion of the property.

Next week, New Mantoloking will go before the township Board of Adjustment to present its case for a variance to allow the lot to stay paved and to be used commercially. In the mean time, however, neighbors say their quality of life is being diminished.

"I realize it's a public street, people can park there," said Monmouth Avenue resident Joshua Specht, at Tuesday's township council meeting. "But they park right up to our mailboxes, so the mailman won't deliver the mail. All of the sudden, I don't get mail."

Specht said he's called the police department to report cars parked illegally at stop signs at the Mantoloking Road intersection, which makes things dangerous for residents turning out onto the busy road.

"They don't care," he said, of the taxi company employees. "They don't care about the residents. They need a place to park, they have to go to work, and they just park wherever they want."

"I can't get in and out of my house," said David Panebianco, another neighbor. "Now, I have to worry about cars parking on properties ... It's contaminating my property, my area, my children."

Another member of the public at the council meeting accused the taxi company of instructing drivers to park on the street out of spite, an accusation that New Mantoloking's owner, Henry Acierno, denies.

"It wasn't done spitefully," he told Brick Patch on Wednesday. "My drivers have no place to park. Where are they supposed to go?"

He accused neighbors of being "inconsiderate" as his quest for a variance makes its way through the process of being heard by the Board of Adjustment.

"Right now, the people are blocking off spots," he said. "They're roping them off like it's a murder scene. They have nothing better to do."

Acierno said the entire situation would be resolved if he's allowed to use the paved lot for extra parking, though some neighboring residents are expected to oppose his application at next week's meeting.

"The board is going to take into consideration some of the issues you've said," said Councilwoman Susan Lydecker, referencing concerns brought up by Panebianco.

"The board may approve them, they may deny them," Lydecker said. "If they do deny them, they'll have to tear it up and put down grass or whatever was there beforehand, and we take it from there."

Councilman Dan Toth urged patience, telling residents to wait to hear the outcome of next week's Board of Adjustment hearing. Otherwise, he said, an ordinance has already been drafted that would ban parking on Manchester Avenue, Sterling Avenue and Monmouth Avenue, all streets adjacent to the taxi company.

"If it doesn't go to the applicant's wishes, and they're made to remediate the area, we've got certain tools already in line," Toth said.

The Board of Adjustment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.

Glenn July 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Perhaps it's time for the taxi company to move to a larger location.
Bricktown Lew July 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
What is real stupid is that that whole area around there has harmless places to park. However, since everyone there is probably too lazy to park someplace out of the way, they congregate the closest to the office. They are sitting in a cab or office all day. Why can't they walk a few minutes and park some place where they are not blocking a mailbox, driveway, or stop sign? Because the employees most likely pile their cars bumper to bumper from the office down Manchester Ave.
Bricktown Lew July 12, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Then, if shuttling is not the answer, then I agree with Glenn. Move to a larger area with more room. Until then, do not block anyone's mailbox or driveway!!!
fogetaboutit July 12, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Please PPL put extentions on the back of there houses with noone from the town knowing... its like the military... Dont ask dont tell
fogetaboutit July 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM
since the neighorhood/town is pushing them out of there are they going to help relocated them & will the town offer a building for the same rent?
Chief Wahoo July 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Sure glad Lydecker is on the council....maybe they will and maybe they wont....what a genius
dorothyr July 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
what part of "residential property" doesn't the cab understand? he knowlingly placed his business in a residential area, paved over the 2 lots, then hoped to have the rules changed for him since it's a hardship and mean-spirited by the neighbors. sounds very self-serving and heavy-handed on his part. i don't blame the neighbors one bit.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Aqua -- As it was explained to me, the ordinance allows the Board of Adjustment to require a property owner to return a property to its original state before they will hear a case for a variance, if the board so chooses. It's not necessarily a mandate.
Robert July 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
If a car is parked legally,then there shoud be no complaints. As far as the paving of those lots without a varience, I do think that it was wrong and the owner should be held responsible. But the local residents should not be be decorating their property with yelllow tape or any other signs.
just thinkin July 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
what about the emty lot right next to them, cant the town allow them to clear that to make parking?? then the neighbors will be happy the cars are of of " their roads" & the taxi buisness will have ample parking...
J.JONES July 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Glenn ..thats the common sense call..If they have over grown that location find another one that solve the problem,,,Its not rocket science ..And good for them if they have built there business to need more cars and drivers...That's success ..not a problem..
bernard yucker July 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Resident parking only tags..
forrealplaya July 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM
& the WOW building
brickdragons July 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM
if that scanky hotel next to them was smart they would offer to use their parking lot, make it LOOK like people stay there...
bernard yucker July 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Cars are on grass and blocking mailboxs and hanging into the drive was.And with to many cars, Firetrucks can't come down the street and garbage will not get picked up.. It's not good..
tony c July 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Leave Mantoloking taxi alone, you guys have nothing better to do then to worry about parking, give me a freaking break, get a job or something, find a freaking hobby better yet get a life. Unbelievable you people are crazy especially the one who started the problem.good luck Mantoloking in court ..
clyde July 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM
They had a similar problem over by BTHS. Kids would park on the streets of that neighborhood (legally) The town gave residents permits for their cars.
darrell July 13, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Yellow caution tape .I will also use it for no parking infront of my house. I"m quite sure if it's good for some people to use it, will be good for all to use and I don't live by Mantoloking Road.
darrell July 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Clye, excellent idea. Permits...
junior July 13, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Junior. I work there and I won't park on no lawn or by a mail box. We also need a place to park and some of us do park away from residence home in respect of there property. So please give us a break to until this get resolve!
forrealplaya July 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
But if they are going to Brick HS then they ARE residents of the town... chances are the parents are paying their share of taxes, WHY should they NOT be allowed to park on a public street??
forrealplaya July 13, 2012 at 01:20 PM
mailmen... motto, " threw rain sleet & snow" Just not walking around a car...
bernard yucker July 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Get all the facts before opening your mouth..This is not just about parking..
givitabreak July 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Just cant believe in a town that pride its self on being one of the lowest crime town in the USA, & seeing all the Crime that has been going on lately People, courts & The township is worried, complaining, taking count time out, to worry about this.... REALLY!! ? If its public street they can park where every they want, IF you want your car close to your home in the same spot every day, make a driveway or carport....
nobody July 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Then what is it about...is it about drunk guys running out and threatening drivers for parking legally? Is it about residents taking down license plate numbers for parking legally? Is it about forcing drivers to cross mantoloking road on foot while cars speed by so they don't park on your precious street? Is it about.....what starting a. car?....closing a hood after they check oil?...what please tell me....cause its not .about Paving that lot...that was done years ago...
DS July 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
If you lived there, you'd realize that it is a 24 hr business that creates a quality of life issues. The paving of the residential lot was illegal and according to town rules, needs to be restored to the way it was. They are not above the law. They have obviously outgrown their space and need to relocate to a bigger space instead of doing what they want, whenever they want, which is what they are doing.
DS July 18, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Parking on a narrow street is fine, unless it is a bunch of cars because that jeopardizes the safety of residents. If fire trucks can't pass and garbage trucks can't do their job, then you are putting lives in jeopardy.
DS July 18, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Park in the spot of the cab you are using and then put the cab back after you are done and then you will have your car back.
DS July 18, 2012 at 03:10 AM
If you were impacted by this, you might feel differently.
DS July 18, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Oh, and speaking of crime, try to google the name of the actual owner and you will see he is a less than honest person accused and convicted of all kinds of crimes. Perhaps Brick should screen business applicants like other towns do.


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