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Taxi Company Loses Parking Vote

New Mantoloking will now have to remove asphalt lot

New Mantoloking Taxi was denied permission to use a residential lot for parking, the Brick Township Board of Adjustment decided Wednesday night.

In a hearing that spanned nearly three hours, New Mantoloking's attorney, John Jackson, pleaded the taxi company's case for a use variance required to continue using a parking lot that had been illegally paved over.

"I would submit by allowing this additional parking, it would mean less of an imposition on this neighborhood," said Jackson.

But neighbors disagreed, telling board members the lot would back up to their homes, and create noise issues such as doors slamming late at night and conversations among drivers at all hours.

Jackson said the company owns 10 taxis and 23 medical transport vehicles. The company employs about 40 drivers and six office workers, he said.

But board members heavily questioned Jackson and New Mantoloking's consulting engineer as to why the company sought permission to use a residential zone as a parking lot when it already owns and adjacent lot zoned for commercial use on Mantoloking Road.

"I don't see what the hardship is here, if you can put all of your parking on a commercial lot that the taxi company already owns," said Jack Rentschler, board chairman. "If you didn't own that other lot, I would say yes, you have a hardship. But you own that other lot."

Several board members also complained that none of the taxi company's owners came to the meeting, leading to some questions about the company's operations and the necessity of using the residential lot for parking unanswered. There were also concerns that even with the additional parking, there may not be enough for the company.

"They still wouldn't have adequate parking," said Bernard Yucca, a nearby resident who provided photos to the board of cramped parking while the taxi company had been using the paved lot.

Last month, the township council granted the company a license to continue operating on the condition that it would not use the lot. Since then, neighbors have on their narrow streets.

The board voted unanimously to deny the variance. Township Zoning Officer Sean Kinnevy said after the meeting that the company would now have to remove the paving and replant vegetation at the site.

The business is still free to submit an application to use its nearby commercially-zoned lot for parking, officials said.

Sean Conneamhe July 19, 2012 at 09:37 AM
"A wise decision."
hooot July 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM
SO Am I missing something, & NOT understanding? they are not allowed to use a parking lot & that the neighbors complain if the park on the street?? IAm confused isnt the street public? & If they dont want them parking on the street why not let them use the parking lot?? where are they soppost to park??
JD July 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Here is the issue.... They paved a residential lot without getting the necessary approvals beforehand... That pissed off lots of people (politicians, etc)... how dare they do such a thing.. so, they are making an example of them... had they followed the rules and no paved the lot and gone about it the right way.... they may have had a chance... furthermore, none of the owners were at the meetings... that comes across as they don't care... they own another lot that is commercially zoned within a stone's throw from the business. Question... if they remove the asphalt and plant grass, etc... who said they can't park vehicles on the grass?? I see so many homes with cars all over the place PLUS boats... and sometimes an RV. wtf.. how is that ok!!
can't say who July 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I feel that now knowing that the company OWNED the commercial lot adjacent to their lot and not used it, their license should be revoked. It looks like that a plot was brewing to get the variance and THEN expand to their commercial property screwing the neighbors and the township. Revoke their license – they are not an honest business.
DS July 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM
The taxi company owns and runs a lot more vehicles than they admit to, even according to their own website. They may own 10 taxis and medical transport vehicles but they also own town cars and limousines. http://newmantolokingtaxi.com/ Since they are so dishonest and so unethical and operate without regard for their neighbors, town laws, the EPA etc, I actually wonder if they are paying taxes on all the vehicles they operate or if they are low balling the number of vechicles so they can pay less sales tax and income tax. Glad they will have to restore the lot. I am sure the township will make sure they comply with the laws and will make sure they dont use it as an unpaved lot. I think everyone is out of patience with this company. The biggest slap in the face for the town was the owners not even having the respect to show up at the meeting. They should be severely punished and fined!
DS July 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Interesting - when you google new mantaloking taxi, the overview says limousine and they refer to 6-8 passenger vehicles but the actual word was removed from the site. If you google new mantaloking taxi limousine, listings do come up saying they have limousine services as do telephone listings. http://m.superpages.com/bp/0128970784
Typical Obama Voter July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM
If you think they are tax cheats, call the IRS on them.
Typical Obama Voter July 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Do you mean like Circle Dodge, that parks all their cars and trucks on the grass that belongs to the state? With in feet of a major highway. How illegal is that?
Typical Obama Voter July 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Yes, you are missing something. I think its a brain and an education.
Mark Story Jenks July 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The taxi owners gambled and lost.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
They wouldn't be able to park the vehicles on the grass because by doing so, they would be using the residential lot in the operation of their business, which would be illegal.
JD July 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Many use a residence for the operation of their business... and park cars, vans, etc all over... and why can't they park cars on the grass... yet some people... especially the beach areas.. have cars allllll over..
Brick July 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Join the lots
dorothyr July 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
the taxi co. took a risk and lost. i guess they thought it was easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission. brick twp. called this one correctly.
Ryan Meyers July 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
So they threw the neighborhood a bone, we applauded and walked out smiling. They're all masters of diversion. Appears benefits taken, raises given and friends receiving jobs with pensions, seems all forgotten now. While it appears they got this one right this time, what of all the waste and promises made ? They know, just how short our attention span is. Shame on us.
bayboat July 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I wonder who was drinking heavily one night, came in the next morning all hung over and said "I have a great idea! Lets pave a residential lot and call it parking!" I dont think he was in the "accelerated" class in school.
nobody July 19, 2012 at 08:57 PM
why would they plant grass...there was no grass there before, just a gross dirt lot. I hope he brings it back to just what it was...a garbage dump for the neighbors.
nobody July 19, 2012 at 09:05 PM
The taxis are LINCOLN TOWN CARS, and limo service is just hourly rates as opposed to a flat rate ride...not a vehicle (all limos are not stretch). Can you drive a car that is not registered and insured? Neither can they; so how do you suppose they are hiding vehicles from anyone? Your comment just shows that you have no idea what you are talking about.
nobody July 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
You are missing nothing. The street is public although they are acting as if they own it. They want the taxi office to move out of their neighborhood period. Watch out Lenepe Motel...you are probably next. Maybe even the American Legion, their customers park on Manchester during events also.
Grownup July 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
WOW is this guy? Aqualung?? Hooot was just asking a question.... your a Jerk!
Grownup July 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM
BUT they are currently parking on a public street... Right?? I dont blame the owners... Town would have done what they wanted to do either way...
Grownup July 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Funny my neighghbor has had a boat parked in his driveway for over 10 yrs ( weeds now growing out of it... BUT that OK?)
Typical Obama Voter July 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Yes, that is okay, as long as they are weeds and not invasive bamboo.
DS July 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
They claim they only have 10 taxis and 23 medical transport vechicles with taxi and limousine license plates. Their website states they have a large variety, including minivans and 14 passenger vans. Not sure how many they actual have but more than they are admitting to. They use the medical transport vehicles for more than medical transport. Not sure what the rules are on those types of vehicles. This guy is so sleezy, I honestly wonder if he's committing insurance fraud with all these medical transport vehicles. He has taxi and limousine plates on them oddly. Not an honest guy and he thinks he's above the law, so I would not be surprised what kinds of skeletons he has in his closet. And, with the fact that taxis are a cash business, my guess is he's not paying his fair share of taxes either. Once a cheat, always a cheat. Real piece of work! Didn't even have the courtesy to show up at any of the hearing (that were postponed several times because he didn't even pay the fees).
DS July 20, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Lenape Motel and American Legion have operated for years but both have been respectful of the residents, unlike this guy.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Grownup -- Have you ever called code enforcement and alerted them to the issue? Aqua -- As I've mentioned a hundred times before, there is no law whatsoever banning bamboo in Brick. There is a law stating how it must be planted so it doesn't cross into your neighbor's yard, destroy his pool, patio, driveway, etc. and cause thousands of dollars of damage.
tony c July 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Glad they lost. Bunch of rip offs. Treat their drivers like shit. Cars are not even safe to be on the road.do they care? Hell no they don't they just want you to drive and make money for them mean while you drive 12 hours to go home with 17 or 25 dollars in your pockets that's a shame. I feel bad for some of the drivers that are there. And that asshole dispatcher they have there that always hangs up on customers. Screw them.
tony c July 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
There are losing customers because of poor dispatching. Wonder if the boss knows. Who cares.
nyjetsnj July 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM
in light of what happened here in bayville & The People in Co. I hope you all realize how ridiculous you all sound fighting over a parking lot...

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