New Jersey Governor Murphy has given the OK for shore towns like Brigantine to officially, re-open their beaches.
On May 14, NJ State set so-called beach occupancy limits and other recommendations.
- 6 feet of space between strangers
- NO groups of 10 or more on beach.
- Masks on beach encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Some towns may close parking lots to deter visiting beach.
- Beach showers, water fountains and rest rooms can open.
- Amusement rides and arcades stay closed for now.
- Beach fireworks cancelled.
State also wants towns to limit amount of beach badges sold. Local Brigantine officials have plenty of wiggle room in all of this. They’re ultimately in charge of making, and enforcing the rules.
Individual beach towns will decide which directives to follow. Example #1 > Brigantine ignored NJ State mandate to close all golf courses. Example #2 > Brigantine typically sells 6,000 4×4 beach permits each year, for a beach that handles only 700 vehicles.
According to Brigantine Mayor Andy Simpson and City Council:
Effective Friday May 22, all Brigantine beaches will be open for recreational activities like swimming and sunbathing.
Families permitted to congregate in groups, up to 10 in size. Couples may sit together.
Swimming permitted at guarded beaches only.
At this time, lifeguards will be on beaches at Roosevelt Blvd, 16th street, 26th street and 38th street only.
Brigantine Beach Tag Office at 42nd street open starting Friday May 22 at 9a.
- Beach tags, parking and 4×4 permits will be available for sale.
- 4×4 permit and beach tag pricing will remain at preseason discounted price for time being.
- Effective Friday June 5, all 4×4 vehicles must have 2020 permit. 2019 permits will no longer be valid after June 5.
- Brigantine Cove Beach recreational area remains closed until further notice.
- Jetty beach is now open to 4×4 vehicles with a valid permit.
Social distancing rules in place for both areas. Overcrowding and failure to follow protocols may result in closure or limiting of vehicles permitted.
The north-end sea wall promenade will remain closed until further notice.