Bigger crowds hitting beaches this summer

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The beach at Mantoloking. FILE PHOTO

MANTOLOKING — The borough’s beaches have been a bit more crowded than normal this summer, according to Mayor Lance White. 

In a message posted to the borough website, Mayor White said the beaches are in good shape with badge sales up over 20 percent from last year.

“Regarding the sale of day badges, we will continue to sell them as long as there are no safety issues,” said Mr. White. 

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The borough will be limiting daily badge sales to 300 due to this overcrowding and some new parking issues.

He said the borough has seen unusually large numbers of people in town enjoying the beaches and ocean in July. 

“I was pleased to see these groups observing the social distancing guidelines,” the mayor said. 

“Our wonderful lifeguards were diligent in their duty to help keep everyone safe and the badge checkers, in a majority of cases, did their jobs well also,” said the mayor. “Overall, it has been a very successful summer on our beaches and, hopefully, this will continue throughout the season.”

Mayor White also said the borough now has the personnel to use its police boat to “help deter boaters from speeding through the no-wake area in the bay by the bridge.” 

“The boating industry is now seeing unprecedented boat sales due to the COVID-19 situation,” said Mr. White. “As a result, there are large numbers of inexperienced people out on the bay with little to no experience and knowledge about how to properly navigate their boats. Please keep this in mind when you take your boats for an evening sail or cruise.”

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