Shore Report

April 15, 2021

RED BANK, NJ — Whales were fairly plentiful off the Jersey coast from the 17th century to the early 19th century with Colonial settlers posting lookouts from Sandy Hook to Delaware Bay. Once sighted, whalers would set off in small boats to harpoon and kill the mammal, tow it to shore, cut it up and ...

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BRIGANTINE, NJ — The gray seal pup found underweight and injured on the Belmar beach in February has been sprung from rehabilitation. After spending nearly two months at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center — where its feeding instincts kicked in, and it gained some 30 pounds — the four-month old ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With seals venturing onto Jersey Shore beaches in recent weeks, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is cautioning people to stay a safe distance away — and that means keeping at least 150 feet back, which is about the length of three school buses. “Recently there have been several ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A young harp seal came up on the Belmar beach near 19th Avenue yesterday afternoon for a bit of rest and relaxation before returning to the waters by this morning. After spotting the 1-year-old male seal on the sunny beach on February 25, onlookers were quick to call the Marine ...

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BRIGANTINE, NJ — After taking “the bait,” an injured and underweight gray seal pup rescued from the snow-covered Belmar beach on February 11 is off to a speedy recovery. Found stranded on the beachfront bleeding from her punctured front flipper and weighing only 32 pounds, the pup was brought to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Disabled individuals will be able to purchase Belmar beach badges at a discounted cost for the upcoming season. The borough council at its February 16 meeting reinstated the specially designated seasonal badges, which will be priced at $30 each with proper identification — $40 below ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is looking for a new tenant for the Taylor Pavilion to replace Cruz Bay Café, now that the beachfront eatery’s owner has been released from its 10-year lease. The borough council at its February 2 meeting severed ties with M2 Concessions of Sea Girt, which has operated the ...

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BEACH HAVEN, NJ — Long Beach Island natives Rob and Jane Romanowski are proud to announce the launch of Queen City Cycle Boat, making its debut for the 2021 season. The Queen City Cycle Boat will be Jersey Shore's first and original pedal-powered party boat, according to the Beach Haven ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar seasonal beach badges for 2021 are now available to purchase online. Cost per badge remains at $70 for persons age 16 to 64 and $30 for seniors age 65 and over. However, this year there is a processing fee for each purchase — $2 for a regular badge and $1 for a senior badge ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Two playground pirate ships have been pulled from the Belmar beachfront and permanently docked after eight years of exposure to the sand and surf. Made from concrete and rebar, the colorful seven-ton structures were recently deemed unsafe by the borough’s insurance company, said ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Rows of tiny plugs of switchgrass and saltmeadow cordgrass — some mixed in with fledgling bayberry and beach plum plants — now line a 12-block stretch of beach along Belmar’s boardwalk. Some 25 volunteers participated on November 20 in a beach planting project, which was part of the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is looking for volunteers to help with its latest beach planting project on Friday morning, November 20.  Kicking off at 8:30 a.m. at the 20th Avenue beachfront gate, the effort will involve planting 3,200 native plants, adding to the growing beachscape barrier designed to ...

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Editor’s Note: October 29, 2012. It is a day that the Belmar community will never forget. Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore town, leaving a path of destruction that left an indelible mark on its residents, including John Walsh. While he is known for producing short comedy videos — many ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Greeted with much fanfare on social media, Belmar’s boardwalk benches are being placed back into their dedicated spots, beginning on the north end. A Department of Public Works crew is leading the effort, loading the benches from the 13th Avenue parking lot, where they have been ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Bicycle riding is allowed on the Belmar boardwalk once again, and it may not be long before at least some of the 200 benches are returned to the 1.3-mile promenade. During the Borough Council’s October 6 remote meeting, Mayor Mark Walsifer announced the return of bicycles after they ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year. While revenues reflected a nearly 39 percent increase over 2019 total sales of nearly $3.56 million, there was a 35 percent increase in the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With coronavirus restrictions still in place along the Jersey Shore, Belmar's local summer is different from past years. Beach badges are not required for access to the 1.3-mile oceanfront, but beach capacity and social distancing limits will be enforced for the remaining weekend ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — A potentially record-breaking boat rally took place on Saturday at the Jersey Shore. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Toms River, the September 5 parade consisted of about 2,000 boats flying the American flag, as well as those supporting law enforcement, the military and President ...

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Borough Steps Up Communication with Public on Real-Time Beach Updates BELMAR, NJ — During this summer of COVID-19, a day at the beach isn’t what it used to be in Belmar. Beach capacity limits and other coronavirus restrictions have put pressure on Belmar beachfront employees, lifeguards and ...

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BELMAR, NJ—It wasn’t an emergency in the surf, but in the sand that had Belmar first-responders jump into action on the Eighth Avenue beach yesterday afternoon.  An 8-year-old boy became entrapped in an eight-foot deep hole dug in the sand after it collapsed around him and he was no longer ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — Video footage surfaced Thursday morning, July 16 of a shark attacking a dolphin right off the shore in Long Beach Township. Two videos were provided by Sean Donohue, who says he witnessed the encounter near the 106th Street Beach. There are unconfirmed reports that ...

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SURF CITY, NJ — A small banner plane crashed into the ocean on June 27 — off the beach at 13th Street in Surf City.  Surf City Police Officers Kyle Costabile and Richard Rible arrived on the scene at about 3:20 p.m. and found a small banner plane had crashed into the ocean. Lifeguards Scott ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — While limits have been lifted on the number of passengers permitted on charter and party boats, six-foot social distancing must still be maintained — news that was welcomed by Rep. Chris Smith, who represents several popular Jersey Shore fishing communities, including ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Sunny skies and warm temperatures this past Saturday brought the anticipated crowds to the Belmar beachfront — the first time that borough officials could gauge its COVID-19 beach operation plan. And they were pleased with the overall results: Social distancing and other guidelines ...

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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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