This pot needs stirring. I’m a born and raised 50 year resident of Brigantine. I’ve purchased a 4×4 beach permit almost every year since getting a drivers license.
I will not be buying one this year. Here’s my story:
Last year I went to the jetty early in the A.M. to fish. There were already some trucks parked close to the jetty, so I decided to park in the soft sand. As I parked, a young woman walked over to me and told me I couldn’t park there. Why? I asked. ‘These spots are saved’ Saved!? Saved by/for who!? ‘We have friends coming down’ she said. I looked around and saw that she placed beach chairs across the sand to ‘save’ the spaces. Really. Well, my permit says I can park here, and so I did. This precipitated some very foul names being spewed by this little beach beast.
Ahhh.. but not to be outdone, I said things to make her cry. This prompted her to warn me that her husband was coming. I pointed to the jetty. ‘I’ll be over there’, I said. No one came over.
As I was leaving, a guido-looking guy approached. He questioned me about where I parked and how I talked to his wife. He told me they drive over an hour every Sat & Sun to come to the Brigantine jetty. Everyone knows that his crew parks in the same spot every time, just like all the rest of the people.
We went back and forth a bit. As I went to get in my truck, he grabbed me. As he picked his ass up off the sand, I drove away.
Later, I told my story to a few folks. They said this goes on all the time at the Cove as well. So because of this (and other things) I will not be buying a permit this year. (and I’m able to get a senior discount this year) That’s my story.
Now, here’s my thoughts on this whole 4×4 cove /jetty/ veterans thing. City council has made a big mistake this time. While I appreciate what service members do for our country, I don’t think they should get free permits. Discounted yes. Free no. It should be half-off like seniors.
What should happen is out of state residents and non Island (Brigantine ) residents should pay a higher fee. It’s done all over the state/country and in NJ in particular. There are resident and non resident licenses of all kinds. And keep the City Chamber of Commerce out of the decision making process.
I would imagine if a poll was taken of the people that use the cove and jetty areas, that a vast majority of them come from out of town bringing all of their supplies with them…never stopping at any of the island businesses…turning at the HBB light and going directly to either area….and leaving the city just as quickly
The city of Brigantine needs to enforce the rules laws already on the books.
- No alcohol
- No under age drinking
- No bar-b ques
- No pets
- No fueling of jet skis on the beach..(that’s a big one)
- Some J.O. brought a portable toilet to the beach
- Only 4 wheel drive vehicles on the beach
- No saving spots
With all the free permits being given out this season people that spend $185 for one are going to be very disappointed…I won`t be buying one.
Oh, and as an aside ….never again have that ridiculous 4X4 parade on the beach. Most of those “trucks” came from over the bridge. They went back without ever stopping at a single business on the island. Many weren’t even street legal and had to be trailer-ed in. Stupid idea!