BELMAR — After the intensity of the pandemic summer of 2020, Belmar lifeguards had a relatively easy season this year as beach traffic largely returned to the pre-pandemic norm.
Harry Harsin, the chief of the Belmar Beach patrol, said that this year was an average summer. Lifeguards performed around 400 rescues during the summer season, in line with previous years.
“I would say this was an average summer. We were not as busy as we were last year,” Mr. Harsin said. “Last year, some of the towns that were limiting the daily badge sales so the overflow came here to Belmar, so we were really busy last year. This was an average summer.”
Weather also played a part, the veteran lifeguard said, with there being a nice Saturday and Sunday.
Beach badge sale data from the borough bears that fact out. While beach revenue numbers for Labor Day weekend were not available for press time, data for the week ending in Aug. 22 show that the borough is slightly ahead of 2019 figures for the same comparable time. As of Aug. 22, the borough collected $3.59 million in total beach revenue, including the sale of season, daily, senior, disability badges, as well as beach locker rental. That is similar to Aug. 25, 2019, the weekend before Labor Day weekend 2019, when the borough had collected $3.53 million
Last year, however, the borough had collected nearly $1 million more at the same point in the season, with $4.6 million.
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