Which Long Branch Beach Access Points Will Be Open Memorial Day Weekend?

Eleven of city's 15 beaches will have access Memorial Day

City officials plan to have access for 11 of the city's 15 beaches for Memorial Day weekend in Long Branch.

Long Branch Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stanley Dziuba that while all of the city's beaches will have lifeguards this weekend, the following will have some form of access, whether it is wooden stairs on a sand ramp:

• Great Lawn

• Madison Avenue

• Laird Street

• Chelsea Avenue

• Melrose Terrace

• Morris Avenue

• South Bath Avenue

• Matilda Terrace

• Cottage Place

• West End Avenue

• New Court

The Brighton Avenue and Seaview Avenue beaches will not have access this weekend, because there is not enough sand, Dziuba said.

Dziuba said the Pavillion Avenue and North Bath Avenue beach access points will open in the "next week to 10 days."

The city has been working hard over the last few weeks to open as many access points as possible after Hurricane Sandy destroyed them and the city's boardwalk south of Pier Village. The boardwalk will not be repaired this summer, but could be rebuilt in time for the 2014 summer season, officials have said.

The city's beaches are open on weekends starting Memorial Day up until the third weekend in June, when they will be open daily. The beach season closes on Labor Day.

For more information on Long Branch's beaches, including beach badge prices, click here.

Brenda Simard May 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Can someone explain to me why other NJ shore towns, some with longer boardwalks than the one mile stretch in Long Branch, have been able to rebuild their boardwalks in time for the 2013 summer season and Long Branch hasn't? Something just doesn't seem right with that.
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) May 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Brenda, I have written a lot about this in the past, if you search Long Branch boardwalk on the site you will find out the mayor and other officials' reasons why. But, in a nutshell, the city still is waiting for FEMA money to build a larger, stronger boardwalk and also must rebuild the bluff much of the boardwalk is built upon. If the city were to rebuild the boardwalk exactly as it was, and another storm destroyed it, FEMA would not be able to help recoup the cost as they are now.
Dominick Palermo May 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Brenda, Christopher----------Themain reason is that there is not enough sand on the beach If you were to rebuild the boardwalk--even in a nonmajor storm there would be nothing to protect the boardwalk --- Army Corpsof Engineers is doing the souther beach replenshment this fall from Monmouth beach south
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) May 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Dominick is correct as well. This is another thing I have written about a lot as well. The city is going to wait until the beach replenishment is finished (which could be the first quarter of 2014) before rebuilding anything.
SEEYA TAX PAYER May 24, 2013 at 04:42 PM
if the seaview beach entrance will be closed, can they enter at the promenade beach entrance since our tax dollars were used to pay long branch public workers to rebuild the SAND ----that's next to seaview beach??????
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) May 24, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Seeya Tax Payer, the Army Corps of Engineers will be handling the sand replenishment for Long Branch. I don't believe the city workers are being asked to rebuild the beaches.
Thomas Villane May 24, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Might not be a bad idea to restore the bluff and raise the sea wall with jetty rocks and concrete, then build a concrete promenade on top of the sea wall. If a storm comes it will was the wall not tear it apart. The top of the bluff could go back to its natural grassy state.
DaTaxMan-LB May 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I have to give credit to the town on this one, they are going to build it bigger and better unlike the other towns.
Big Whitey May 25, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Wrong Chris, they have been taking sand from Seaview and putting it on the Promenade beach for weeks now. Seaview is the one beach that the locals use. Plus, the County quickly fixed the fence that gave us access to Seaview when the stairs went. I would also like to know if someone with a Long Branch badge, or fishing pole, can enter at the Promenade. Do a little research Chris and let us know.I know you work hard, and do a good job to keep us informed, but dig a little. Its not like Adam can sic the IRS on you.
Big Whitey May 25, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Right on tax payer.this entrance was used mainly by locals who walked to the beach.Why cant Seven Presidents build us some steps instead of a fence?
SEEYA TAX PAYER May 25, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Chris, maybe I used the wrong terminology the city workers were prepping the promenade beach club which is next to seaview ave beach therefore why shouldn't the entrance be open proving that the city only cares about our ELITE.
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) May 25, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I misunderstood the comment earlier. I didn't understand what seeya tax payer meant. I assumed he meant beach replenishment when he said "rebuild the sand."
Big Whitey May 25, 2013 at 01:55 PM
And even worse is the County. They had more equipment on the beach than the Seabees in WWII. And the first thing they do is fix the fence.Chris, drive down Seaview.Park in Krauszers and walk to the beach. Dont get hit by a car. Look at that big fence to the left.It goes all the way to the beach, without an entrance. Kids sit and look at the nice grass wishing they could go on it.One entry is always locked, and when you get to the beach, they fence off and close that area that used to be the Beach Plum.No entry to the park until Joline Ave. The other way, no entry until the Great Lawn.In some ways this is good, because surfers and fisherman can still get on.We dont want lifeguards, bathrooms, or concessions stands. Just an opening in the fence. And please Chris, find out if badge holders, fisherman,surfers can access Promenade entry.Thanks for your honest reporting!


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