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Belmar Looks to Keep ‘Beach-Spreading’ Under Control with Ban on Tents, Canopies

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This type of canopy would be banned from the Belmar beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day, under a measure introduced by the borough council.
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Tents — this size and larger — not only obstruct ocean views for beachgoers, but they can hinder a lifeguard’s direct line of sight and access to the water.
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BELMAR, NJ — Many beachgoers bring umbrellas or small pop-up enclosures for young children when going to enjoy a day in the sand and surf.

But beach towns along the Jersey Shore are seeing an increasing number of large tents or canopies rising along the water’s edge on any beach day — some being set up two to three across, creating large covered compounds.

It’s called “beach-spreading,” and Belmar is looking to ban the practice before it becomes a major safety issue along the borough’s beachfront.

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The Belmar Council introduced on Aug. 1 an ordinance that would prohibit canopies and tents or any shade-producing devices measuring more than 36 inches in height, width or depth from Memorial Day to Labor Day — when the beaches are the most crowded. Umbrellas with one central shaft supporting the umbrella canopy in an upright position and small sun shelters measuring under the prohibited size  would continue to be permitted throughout the year, according to the measure.

 “Everybody who lives in Belmar is for this ordinance,” said Councilman Mark Walsifer before the council approved the measure’s introduction in a 4-0 tally.

In supporting the proposed regulations for safety reasons, Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay said she recalls her neighbor getting hit in the head by a large tent, while Mayor Matthew Doherty said people are setting 10-foot-by-10-foot tents alongside each other, obstructing ocean views for other beachgoers. “These are tents you see in backyards and parks, or you take to tailgate at MetLife Stadium,” he said, emphasizing their inappropriateness for the beach.

While beach-spreading has not reportedly caused any mishaps in Belmar, the practice can pose a safety risk for several reasons, according to officials.

Since the poles on large canopies cannot be properly secured in sand, the structures can easily go airborne on windy days, injuring individuals in their paths. And depending where they are set up, large tents can hinder a lifeguard’s direct line of sight and access to the water.

A public hearing on the ordinance, followed by a final vote, will be conducted at the borough council’s Aug. 15 meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. in the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street.

 

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