ROXBURY, NJ — As the weekend forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, here’s some good news: The township is now selling a limited number of same-day passes to Horseshoe Lake Beach.

The decision was announced Tuesday by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo.

Although the beach in Succasunna has been open since June 27, those who wanted to go there — but didn’t want to buy season passes — had to pre-register the day before their visit if they wanted day passes.

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“We have been monitoring beach attendance, as we said we would, and staff has determined, based on their review, that we can offer a few day passes each day,” DeFillippo said. “Ten day passes will be available on days when registration is otherwise not full.”

In an effort to ensure sufficient social distancing at the beach, attendance is limited to 280 people at one time. The mayor said this plan seems to be working.

"I am pleased to report that Township Manager John Shepherd tells me all is going well at the beach and, for the most part, beach-goers are practicing social distancing,” DeFillippo said. “We want to thank everyone for their cooperation while visiting the beach.”

The on-the-spot day passes will be available at the beach on a first-come-first-served basis. They will cost $5 for a resident and $10 for non-residents.

DeFillippo said Roxbury Councilman Tom Carey “was the chief advocate for offering daily passes.”

Masks and Distancing 'Not That Much to Ask'

Speaking on July 14, DeFillippo said 17 more Roxbury residents were determined to have COVID-19 since he last gave an update on June 23. That brought the total to 303 reported cases, he said.

“While the number of confirmed cases has dramatically slowed, we did see a slight uptick since our last report — a reminder that Covid-19 is not yet through with Roxbury,” said the mayor.

He urged people to wear masks when they are outside and unable to be at least six feet away from others, as dictated by Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent order.

“We ask that residents be considerate to others and practice social distancing in our parks and on our trails,” DeFillippo said. “We have received several reports that people are not keeping a safe distance when using our recreational facilities and are not wearing masks.”

He contended “it is very inconsiderate and potentially dangerous to others when you do not follow those rules,” and asserted that adhereing to the guidelines “is not much to ask, and we simply do not understand why anyone would object.”

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