Long Branch Council OKs Extending Beach Season By A Week

The season will be extended until Sunday, Sept. 8.

The city's beaches will be open and guarded for an extra week this summer.
The city's beaches will be open and guarded for an extra week this summer.
By Christopher Sheldon

Long Branch's guarded beach season usually ends on Labor Day, but the city council has decided to extend it another week.

"This year school in Long Branch does not start until (Sept.) 9 because of Rosh Hashanah and it was suggested that there is enough money in the salary account to operate for (extra) four weekday and the two weekend days," Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said.

Woolley said the beaches would not be staffed at full capacity, mainly because many of the younger staff members would be going back to school, but that there would be enough to safely operate the beaches.

City Beach Manager Dan George said beach staff will still be on hand as first responders in case of an emergency. 

"I think people will definitely be safe on the beaches," George said. "They'll be safer with us there. The worst case scenario is that we're not there and it's beautiful, you're still going to have thousands of people at the beach."

George said said the staffs' schedule will depend on beach attendance and the weather.

"We do have the ability to monitor (the schedule) and change it on a daily basis," George said. "We can shut down a day or two in the middle and just have the weekends. It all depends on the weather."

He said not every beach will be staffed and those that are not will not allow swimming.

George said most of the city's busier beaches will be open including Chelsea Avenue, Morris Avenue, West End Avenue, Laird Street, Madison Avenue and the Great Lawn.
joe August 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Rip offs! More money money money. Still no boardwalks, but lets extend the season and get more.
Dominick Palermo August 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Joe---------Makes no sense to build a boardwalk -- if ya haven't got sand in front of it ----------It will be rebuilt -----AFTER beach replenishment If ya want free beaches move to Flordia lolololol
joe August 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Well Dominick, if you have been to the beach you would see that there is plenty of sand in front of where the boardwalk was. More than many other beach towns that rebuilt boardwalks before the summer. Long Branch didn't need to wait for replenishment to rebuild the boardwalk.
Scott Perry August 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM
There is plenty of sand. Some places need replenishment, some need a reef, and some feeder beaches are needed. What is not needed is a repeat of the Corp turning the beach into a parking lot. The few Long Branch residents who actually enjoy the beach are against this approach. But our Politicians need to appear to be doing something, so this is what we get. All that money could have rebuilt every home destroyed. Instead, we get a failed approach that was proven ineffective.


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