June 19 opening planned for Bay Head beaches

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The Bay Head Improvement Association [BHIA] has set June 19 as the opening date for the beach season in the borough. Officials continue to look at ways to bring relief to the eorded beachfront. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BAY HEAD — The Bay Head Improvement Association [BHIA] has set June 19 as the opening date for the beach season in the borough.

“As many of you know, Bay Head [beaches have] taken a hit with the recent storms leading to major erosion and dangerous beach conditions,” the organization wrote in a recent Facebook post.

“Although repair plans are underway, the only safe access to the beach is Strickland [Street]. For your safety please enter and exit the beach on Strickland [Street] only. We anticipate all access points will be open for opening day.”

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According to the post, full-season badges cost $90 and half-season badges $50. Badges can be purchased through the Viply app on cell phones beginning May 1. For further information contact the BHIA office at 732-892-4179.

“Badges will not be mailed and can be picked up during scheduled office hours,” the BHIA wrote. “The phone used to purchase your badges must be present to pick up Viply-purchased badges.”

Badges can also be picked up at the BHIA office, located at 532 Lake Ave. The office hours for badge sales are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 29 and May 30, June 5 and June 6, and June 12 through June 18. On opening day  – June 19  –  and every day through Labor Day, badges can be purchased from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Those not purchasing through Viply may purchase season and half-season badges by cash or check from our office,” the BHIA wrote. “If you are a Bay Head resident, you will be getting a letter by the end of April. We wish you all a healthy and safe summer season.”

The BHIA is a nonprofit member association that generates revenue to operate only from the sale of beach badges. All beaches are privately owned by 73 beachfront owners, including the BHIA, and have been solely operated and maintained, in cooperation and partnership with the homeowners, by the BHIA for over 120 years. 

Significant damage to the borough beachfront caused by winter storms has recently brought together officials across all sectors of government to find solutions to help bring some relief to the impacted area.

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