West End Beach Access Unlikely This Summer

Mayor says lifeguards will still be at West End's beaches

City officials say they are doing everything they can to restore as many beach access points in Long Branch as possible.

However, West End's old access points "won't be usable" this summer, Mayor Adam Schneider said in a recent interview.

Schneider said the damaged bluff and roadway will not allow the access points to be accessible.

"There's no way to get people on and off and you have to be able to do that, especially if there is an emergency," Schneider said.

Schneider said there will still be lifeguards stationed at West End's beaches, but that people will have to enter the beach further north and walk down to West End.

"We will have as many "access points" open as we can," he said.

Most beach access points will likely be at Cottage Place, North Bath Avenue, Pavilion Avenue and Morris Avenue, City Administrator Howard Woolley has said. Pier Village's beach access ramps and ones on the promenade are also ready to go for the summer.

Schneider said he has seen some estimates on what it will cost to rebuild the city's bluff, sea wall and described it as a "huge number."

Those figures will be submitted to FEMA and the city will await how much it will be reimbursed for those projects.

Schneider said none of these projects, regardless of funding, will start until the city's beaches are replenished. Officials recently stated beach replenishment could be coming as soon as this summer.

John Kerwin April 08, 2013 at 02:01 PM
How can the Mayor say about the West End beaches there is " no way to get people on or off and you have to do that in case of an emergency" but then say there will be lifeguards on those same beaches and people will be allowed on those beaches? Also LB is the only municipality not to repair their boardwalk. This has to affect the businesses in West End and people from out of town coming to LB beaches. Very poor decision.
Dominick Palermo April 08, 2013 at 03:07 PM
John---------- Look at the pictures ----------No sense rebuilding the boardwalk until you get a sand buffer --and that wont happen till replenshment --(which is coming soon ) But you need a sand berm to protect the boardwalk
DJGigs April 08, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Complete Bullsh!T As normal you will never be told the truth. One beach replenishment has nothing to do with boardwalk rebuild. having lived there my whole life and having a family go past 100 years here you have to be a fool to believe that Here is what is really going . You have this "people for Ocean Ave group" fighting to close ocean ave for years. These new transplants seem to have the Mayors ear. Now you have a good excuse to test the scenario. Make Ocean ave one way , get everyone used to it and make it permanent. Build the new Boardwalk from the center of ocean ave to the end of the existing .. Screw the locals who drive o that strip every day ,, frig the locals who want to SEE ocean avenue as you drive down it .. Forget the fisherman ,, who cares about them .. And screw over anyone that wants to park along ocean avenue. Force everyone towards pier village and north for beaches. Bet those access points will be open . bet that gets priority? Screw everyone who purchased Beach badges.. Forget July 4th ... ... right I mean No boardwalk no July 4th ... And Beach replenishment.. hope that is does not happen . When they do they create huge buff drop offs and WOW suddenly you have Huge RPI currents pulling out children . The beach is perfect the way it is now..
joe April 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
DJGigs, you called it just like it is. All BS. I feel bad for the West End businesses. If you get on the beach at the public access path and walk over to the West End beaches, they better not try to charge a fee.
Michael Megill April 08, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Why are some user groups put at the forefront while others are ignored? Dominick, are you suggesting that millions of dollars be spent on a perpetual basis to protect a boardwalk? Are you kidding me? There was a "sand berm" before Sandy hit, where is the boardwalk? You simply cannot protect the shoreline with absolute certainty when a storm, such as Sandy, decides to hit.
chris mazza April 08, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I find it sad that we're so far behind other towns. I'll spend my money in belmar
DJGigs April 08, 2013 at 07:03 PM
The Boardwalk is being used as a hath. Ask yourself why they would 1) allow the cabana club to charge $20 a car to park 2) Allow Jakes Gym to Close, chain up and have no parking (same owner of cabana club 3) Make Ocean Avenue one way SOUTH ??? and force everyone towards South or North Bath? Cut off Ocean avenue between Morris and Melros Terrace not allowing anyone to make left turns from Morris to go to pier village 4) Forcing everyone down 36/Ocean Blvd to go into and out of pier village from ONE access POINT? Now Everyone that is down the beach during the summer will have to hope Any emergency vehicles can get to them ... All to allow People to walk and ride there bikes along ocean avenue. Do these people patronize any of this Businesses'? I think not
John Kerwin April 08, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Dominick I guess they were concerned when they allow the developers at Pier Village to build a huge development that close to the ocean and to have 3 restaurants located 100 ft. from the ocean. NY is working with the Corps of Engineers on ways to protect with sand dunes, and reconstructing their boardwalks. and they are doing it right now. If you remember LB authorities said it would be 18 months before they will start. All the sand replenishing in the world will not stop the ocean. The problem is the amount of development being allowed. And by the way enjoy the relaxation and serenity of he beach while they are building phase 3.
DJGigs April 09, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Beach replenishment causes more problems than good,, But we need a big beach to have the Benny's plop there rude Butts down onto and be able to charge them to get on beach that we TAX payers footed the bill for
Charles Schwartz April 09, 2013 at 03:46 PM
I don't understand why they don't just grade the sand and let people walk right on to the beach.
Get Over It April 09, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I agree with chris I will spend my money in Belmar...with no way in and no way out I will not patronize pier village, sounds a bit scary to me, it was actually a bit mind boggling in the past, too many ppl and no way in no way out with the traffic always at a stand still constantly, hoping for no type of emergency....


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