Brigantine 4×4 Beach Permits Price Increase March 1

4×4 Beach Permits increase on March 1. Regular permits jump from $175 to $200. Senior citizen permits 60+ increase from $80 to $85. Sorry, 2nd homeowners can't purchase online. Beach fee office, Community Center on 42nd St. 10a-3p. Call 609-264-7350

Most of the area is dealing with similar conditions this morning with clouds and areas of fog (locally dense in
spots). As we observed yesterday, sunshine and plenty of warmth is expected by the afternoon with
widespread temperatures in the 60s (likely warmer than yesterday but still cool along the coast). A cold
front then sags through the area starting late this evening, providing a threat for a few rain showers. By
tomorrow, we are much cooler with lots of clouds and a continued threat for rain showers, especially later in
the afternoon. An unsettled weather pattern (no wintry threats) continues Friday and into this weekend.
While rain is in the forecast each day, none appear to be a washout with some dry time expected.
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Brigantine Beach CER

State permits fishing, not much else, for driving at North Brigantine Natural Area

BRIGANTINE _ As soon as you drive onto the beach from 14th Street here, the world’s a different place.

Instead of being surrounded by tightly packed, three-story homes, there is just sand, water and sky. It’s part of the largest stretch of undeveloped barrier island beach left in New Jersey.

“You do get cut off at certain times,” said Andy Grossman, owner of Riptide Bait and Tackle, as he drove his 4x4 truck up the beach Tuesday just after high tide. The high water mark reached almost to the base of the dunes, so vehicles would have had to wait for the tide to turn before making the trip.

After about 1,500 feet of city-owned beach, the land becomes the state-owned North Brigantine Natural Area.

For decades, anyone could drive the two miles or so out to the North end of the island for any reason, if they had a Brigantine City beach driving permit. It also allowed them to drive on South End beaches by the jetty, and at the cove, a party place also on the South end.

More than 3,000 people bought the $180 annual permits, which are half price for those over 60 and free for veterans. Most were fishermen, said Mayor Phil Guenther, but there were also plenty of bird watchers, surfers, painters and nature lovers of all kinds.

Now all that has changed.

The state took over permitting for the Natural Area as of Jan. 1, after telling the city it would do so about a year ago.

Under state rules, a limited number of the $50 permits will be sold, and they will be for fishing only. The state will limit access to the area to 75 permit holders per 24-hour period.

“We have not had any rational answer given to us about why they would prohibit certain activities that have taken place there for decades,” Guenther said of nature related activities other than fishing.

Grossman said he is relieved that fishing can continue, but he knows a lot of people who enjoyed just driving out for the view.

“That’s why a lot of photographers and artists are upset,” he said. “This is no longer open to them.”

While people can still access the area on foot, without need of a permit, anyone carrying equipment will find the two-mile trek a tough one.

It’s the only place to get a good view of Little Beach, a small, completely undeveloped barrier island just across Brigantine Inlet from the North point.

According to DEP, Brigantine North is part of the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island beach in the state, at 9.75 miles when added to Holgate and Little Beach, two parts of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

There needs to be a higher level of protection for beach nesting birds, according to DEP spokesman Larry Hajna.

“This decision was made because the agreement with the city had expired and because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressed concerns over motorized recreation on the beach area conflicting with protected beach nesting birds and other wildlife,” Hajna said in an email response to questions. “It is a designated Natural Area, and therefore a higher level of resource protection is necessary.”

The city complied with a state requirement that driving stop at the northernmost end from May thorugh September, to protect beach nesting birds like the endangered piping plover, said Guenther.

Four pairs of piping plover nested in the North Brigantine Natural Area in 2017, fledging nine chicks in 2017, according to Christina “Kashi” Davis, an environmental specialist with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife in its Endangered and Nongame Species Program. But it didn’t approach the high numbers there in the early 2000s, she said, when 17 pairs bred there., and city police patrolled the area regularly.

Now the patrolling is done by the state, and the city is concerned about public safety.

Guenther said the city is meeting with the DEP Thursday, and hopes to either convince it to allow the city to get back oversight of North Brigantine, or at least allow people to do more than just fish there.

There is also a public meeting with DEP officials set for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Brigantine Middle School.

“Quite frankly I don’t see a difference whether you are launching a kayak, going fishing or kite surfing,” said Guenther. “They are not guarded beaches, never have been guarded. All those activities have always taken place on unguarded beaches.”

Now, he said, people will no longer be able to drive to the North End for anything but fishing.

To access it for anything else, they would have to walk the two miles or so, he said. That isn’t a realistic option for people who have to transport equipment like kayaks.

Guenther said the state has not provided the city any proof of problems with the city’s management of the area, other than anecdotal mentions of dogs seen off leash in the area.

He said the city offered to increase police patrols there, but the state declined and instead took over the area management.

He also hopes to resolve a tricky situation involving permits.

To access North Brigantine by vehicle, people have to cross about 1,500 feet of city property. That means they would also need a city permit, said Guenther.

“That’s one of the reasons we are meeting, to clarify whether state permit owners have to have a Brigantine permit,” Guenther said.
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Brigantine Fishing


  • Striped Bass: One fish from 28 inches to less than 43 inches, one fish greater than 43 inches. No closed season 0-3 miles from shore
  • Summer Flounder: 18.’” min size, 3/angler, May 21 – Sept 9
  • Tautog: 15″ min size, January 1 – Feb 28 (4 fish), April 1 – April 30 (4 fish), July 17 – Nov. 15 (1 fish) and Nov 16- Dec 31-(6 fish)
  • Weakfish: 13″ minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season
  • Winter Flounder: 12″ min size, 2/angler, Mar. 1- Dec 31
  • Black Drum: 16″ min size, 3/angler, no closed season**Proposed size limit of 32 inches pending hearings**
  • Black Sea Bass: 12-1/2” min. open 5/23-6/19 (10 fish); 12-1/2” min open 7/1-8/31 (2 fish); 13” min open 10/22-12/31 (15 fish)
  • Blue Crab: 3″ minimum size for peeler/shedder 3-1/2″ for soft shell 4-1/2″ hard shell. Limit one bushel
  • Bluefish: No minimum size, 15/angler, no closed season
  • Red Drum: 18″-27″ slot size, 1/angler, no closed season

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