Tent ban eyed for Belmar’s beaches in 2018

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BELMAR — The borough is moving toward a summer ban on the use of tents and canopies on the beachfront, an idea that officials say many residents support. An ordinance introduced Tuesday and scheduled for a possible vote on Sept. 5, would prohibit tents and canopies on the beach from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, beginning in 2018. The measure is aimed at what Mayor Matthew Doherty referred to as “beach spreading” — groups of beachgoers creating lines of tents, depriving others on the beach from a clear view of the shoreline. The ordinance is modeled on a similar measure adopted by Avon-By-The-Sea. “We designate certain dates and it is really for the summer time only,” Mr. Doherty said. “Tents you see in people’s backyards or parks, things like that, which are tailgating even-like — that doesn’t seem to work well.” Complaints have been reported from many residents who say their views of the ocean are blocked by tents throughout the summer.  

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Connor Northrup is a Sports Reporter at The Ocean Star. He can be reached at cnorthrup@thecoaststar.com or at 732-899-7606, ext 15.
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    I wish they were banned on every beach in NJ. It’s bad enough with all the umbrellas blocking people