The growing chaos at the uber-popular ‘Cove’ beach area could be tamed somewhat by the Summer of 2016. That’s welcome news for those that want to keep the area safe, clean & family friendly.
Three deep rows of 4×4 trucks parked side by side, fishing, jet ski’s, red cups, motor boats, Water Weenies, toddlers, swimmers and accessible jetty rocks. All of this make for a fun, but potentially dangerous day by the inlet.
This waterside spot favored by locals has been going strong for years…oddly, without lifeguards. That being said, plenty of lifeguard ‘saves’ and public safety ‘incidents’ have occurred without much public awareness. Eyewitness reports suggest that lifeguards have often been called to ‘The Cove’ from their posts along the front beaches of Brigantine.
Brigantine Councilman DeLucry offered COVE recommendations culled from a recent Brigantine Beach Committee.
Recommended are the following:
- Placing lifeguards at the beach known as ‘The Cove’ in 2016
- Better, more user friendly entrances to The Cove and jetty beach areas
- Improved signage
- List of user-friendly “rules of the road;”
- Changing city code to restrict jet ski use at The Cove
- Improve and extend beach paths
- Editor’s Note: will beach tags required? (we hope so, it’ only fair)
Locals Feedback >
Robert S. says: ‘I don’t want a guarded beach at the Cove. I want to go to the beach and be left alone. More restrictions and more rules don’t fix problems.’
Chris H., Casino manager: Sees no danger at The Cove. Says restrictions on jet skis will hurt business on the island. This will also affect restaurant business. Locals don’t want rules, beach fees, or not having the ability to enjoy adult beverages on beach.
Bob Frei: GOOD!…Jet skis.. trailers and refueling on the beach, all should be banned.