Permits now required for large groups using parks

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — Large groups of 15 or more people will now be required to obtain a permit to visit township parks or beaches. The township council unanimously approved an amended ordinance at the Aug. 8 meeting designed to protect the safety of residents and visitors and prevent large crowds from taking over public spaces. Several Brick residents attended the meeting Tuesday in support of the ordinance. The amended ordinance replaces a prohibition barring groups of 15 or more from being dropped off at recreational facilities by passenger van or bus. These groups are avoiding that by dropping people off several blocks away and having them walk to the park/beach. As you can imagine this is very unsafe as large groups crossing Princeton Avenue and/or traversing Mantoloking Road and Route 35 is not what we want to see as a way of avoiding the drop off provision,” Council President Arthur Halloran said. According to Township Administrator Joanne Bergin, the township has had issues with groups as large as 100 individuals descending on parks and/or beaches.

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