Shore Report

May 20, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar officials are taking an all eyes on deck approach to maintain social distancing and keep beaches from overcrowding when the season opens this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Through the use of digital counters at beach entrance points, drone surveillance overhead and ...

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BELMAR, NJ — As the summer rolls out with the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Monmouth County officials are giving Jersey Shore visitors this advice: “Know before you go.” Each shore municipality will have its own rules — and they may change on a daily if not hourly basis — to ensure that ...

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Coronavirus Count: Hospitalizations Continue Trending Downward, Long Term Care Facility Numbers Tick Upward TRENTON, NJ — Charter and rental boats will return to New Jersey’s waterways, beginning at sunrise today.. This latest executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy to restart the state’s economy ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A swell of people, stretching blocks along Belmar's boardwalk, turned out to buy seasonal beach badges on the first day of sales at Taylor Pavilion. Advance badge sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days of week, as beaches will officially open on Memorial Day ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Calling the Jersey Shore central to the state’s identity, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that beaches will be open in time for Memorial Day weekend with social distancing guidelines and capacity limits in place. And each beach community will be responsible for developing its own plan ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Closing Belmar’s boardwalk didn’t work in keeping out-of-towners away during the off-season. Neither did restricting parking to residents only on the streets closest to its beachfront — even with the state’s stay-at-home order in effect. So now with Memorial Day weekend just weeks ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy said that the state will be “giving guidance” to Jersey Shore beach towns in the “next week or so” as local officials continue to plan for the opening of their summer season on Memorial Day weekend. Responding to a reporter's question during his May 8 press ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar boardwalk reopened on May 8 to walkers and joggers. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters or dogs are not permitted at any time. Paid parking on the east side of the Ocean Avenue is now in effect through the ParkMobile app or by phone. In addition, the residents-only parking is ...

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BY THE NUMBERS: Total of 37,505 Positive Cases in New Jersey, 2,351 in Monmouth County, 5 in Belmar, 4 in Lake Como TRENTON, NJ  — In a move primarily aimed at keeping people from heading to the Jersey Shore during the coronavirus crisis, the state is giving local and county officials the power ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A growing influx of visitors to Belmar’s beachfront has prompted the borough to close its boardwalk and ban parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue. The decision announced on March 30 by Mayor Mark Walsifer was based on hourly monitoring of the boardwalk, which showed a daily ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s boardwalk will remain open. Just make sure to keep about six feet away from others while walking or running the boards during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the message from Mayor Mark Walsifer, who today put the public on alert that noncompliance with social distancing ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A third dune planting has been completed along the Belmar beachfront — this time between 14th and 15th Avenues, just steps from the boardwalk. The block-long “dune garden” of various types of beach grass, native and other suitable plants adds to the growing beachscape barrier ...

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LONG BRANCH, NJ — This summer’s tourism season was a record-breaker in Monmouth County with its shore communities bringing in more than $23.7 million in beach revenues And riding that wave of success was Belmar, which placed fourth among the individual towns with the largest revenue growth — ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A sunken boat was found in a slip in the Belmar Manutti Marina yesterday morning — an apparent casualty of the strong winds and heavy rain that pummeled the Jersey Shore. The 24-foot cutty cabin boat was discovered underwater at 9:36 a.m. along dock 7 on October 17, prompting a call ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The annual ritual of “closing” the beach for the winter has been completed in Belmar, with one visible difference. There are no temporary dunes on the southern end of the 1.3-mile oceanfront. Under Belmar’s new beach management plan, the entire beachfront will remain free of these ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Business Partnership President Sal Marchese was all smiles while walking across the Third Avenue beach on Sunday. . And a look up at the sky undoubtedly told you why — bouncing in the soft breeze were dozens upon dozens of kites in all shapes, sizes and colors. After ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Kite Festival will get off the ground today, September 29 along the Third Avenue beach, beginning at 11 a.m. All eyes will be turned the skies for the free event, sponsored each fall by the Belmar Business Partnership, with members of the South Jersey Kite Flyers and the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Kite Festival will get off the ground tomorrow, September 29 along the Third Avenue beach, beginning at 11 a.m. All eyes will be turned the skies for the free event, sponsored each fall by the Belmar Business Partnership, with members of the South Jersey Kite Flyers and ...

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BELMAR, NJ — What a difference this summer’s beach-friendly weather made in Belmar, as beach badge sales swelled to their highest level in three years. Couple that with the first increase in badge prices in four years and the borough closed out the 2019 season with a 22 percent hike in beach ...

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SPRING LAKE, NJ — The body of the Mercer County teenager who went missing off a Spring Lake beach has been found several blocks north from where he was last seen in the surf, according to authorities. The Spring Lake Police Department posted an update this morning, September 4, on social media — ...

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SHARK RIVER INLET, NJ — After being separated from her dive group while exploring an underwater shipwreck off Asbury Park this past Saturday, a New York City woman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard about two miles away several hours later. A Shark River Inlet Station reserve crew was called ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Metered parking fees along Belmar’s beachfront will remain at $1 an hour for the rest of the summer. The Borough Council on August 6 tabled a proposed ordinance that would have increased the fee to $2 an hour, as a way to bring in additional revenues to meet a shortfall in its ...

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BELMAR, NJ — It’s been a month since Karen Farrell found what appears to be an engagement ring on the Belmar beach. And although it’s a longshot, she still hopes to find the person who lost it. Farrell came to Belmar on Sunday, July 7 — the last day of an extended Fourth of July weekend — and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With less than a month left in the prime summer rental season, vacationers who rent directly from shore homeowners will not have to pay 11.6 percent in state sales and occupancy taxes. Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a measure that requires transient accommodations only be subject to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Since Belmar was court ordered this year to rollback parking fees along the beachfront — from $2 to $1 an hour — the borough is facing a major shortfall in meeting expenses to run its parking utility. Now the borough is looking to bring back the $2 fee before the season’s end, but ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The heat was definitely on along Belmar’s 18th Avenue beach on July 17 — not only in terms of the temperatures but for the hundreds of sandcastle contest participants who only had several hours to build their creations under the sweltering skies. Interspersed among the throngs of ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ — Coming off a first-place finish in the Howard Rowland Lifeguard Tournament, the Belmar Beach Patrol followed up with an impressive performance by its female members at the Monmouth County All-Women’s Lifeguard Tournament. The 10-member team placed first in the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar emerged victorious in this year’s Howard Rowland Lifeguard Tournament, held on Monday, July 8 along the 10th Avenue beach. The borough’s beach patrol took first place in the traditional competition, which featured eight lifeguard crews competing in nine events that tested ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Shore homeowners who rent directly to vacationers are looking to salvage at least part of the summer from having to collect a new 11.6 percent tax on those short-term rentals. The state Legislature has passed a bill (A4814) that ensures these homeowners are not subject to a 2018 ...

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Beginning on Monday, June 17, badges are required along Belmar’s 1.3-mile beachfront from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. BELMAR, NJ — With three weekends in the books, Belmar beach badge sales are rolling in — at substantially higher levels than last year. From Memorial Day ...

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