POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Beach borough council introduced an ordinance to amend the municipality’s beach rules and regulations once again, this time with the blessing of Jenkinson’s Boardwalk.
During its May 18 council meeting, officials introduced the changes that affect beach operation hours and limits and more, working alongside Jenkinson’s after a months-long legal battle between the parties over previous beach regulation amendments.
The introduced ordinance changes will retain modifications from last year’s amendment, including state ABC alcohol designations, cooler restrictions to 13 inches, regulated tent sizes and disruptive noise regulation.
The new amendment will add slight modifications requested by Jenkinson’s: setting an 8 a.m. beach opening time, repealing redundant language on criminal nuisance, adding beach access at nighttime for events, drone operations for Jenkinson’s and the use of tents for events.
“At the time of the legal victory, I asked for Jenkinson’s to stand down on legal action and work with the borough for the betterment of the town, the residents and our summer guests,” Mayor Paul Kanitra said on May 18. “Last week, Jenkinson’s reached out to me to express that they were not looking to file any further lawsuits and want to do just that, work together.”
A May 26 press statement said the partnership between the parties “cannot be overstated.”
“We will be dealing with unprecedented crowds this summer season and we hear our residents’ and guests’ concerns loudly regarding their expectations,” said Mr. Kanitra. “The steps [announced] constitute just the first components of what will be a continually assessed situation. Additional measures have already been considered and will be implemented if needed. We will ultimately do whatever is necessary to provide a safe, family-friendly environment for guests from all over New Jersey. Point Pleasant Beach is going to be the place to be in 2021.”
As part of the new effort, both parties will take additional action.
According to the release, Jenkinsons will be allocating additional private security guards and off-duty police officers across its property, adding more trash cans at all locations, hiring more beach staff for cleanup and using patrol vehicles.
The Borough of Point Pleasant Beach is committing to additional trash cans at street ends, a dedicated trash maintenance staff in the Little Silver Lake parking lot and adjacent areas on weekends and busy days, 38 additional Class 1 and Class 2 officers starting Friday, May 28 with increased police shifts across the department and strict enforcement policy.
P.J. Storino of Jenkinson’s echoed the mayor’s statements.
“Jenkinson’s has been known as a safe, clean, family destination for nearly a century and prides itself as being the ‘Family Fun Place,’” said Mr. Storino. “Jenkinson’s is committed to embodying that slogan and looks forward to working with the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach in taking whatever measures are necessary in maintaining a safe, clean, family-friendly environment. We look forward to summer 2021 and a successful partnership with the town.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank P.J. Storino, who I’ve always had a very solid relationship with, for reaching out to our olive branch and extending one back,” the mayor said during the council meeting on May 18. “If it wasn’t for his efforts this wouldn’t have gotten done.
“Jenkinson’s in general deserves a huge praise for this development,” he said. “They proved their commitment to ensuring Point Pleasant Beach stays New Jersey’s premier family-friendly destination for generations to come.”
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