Brick beaches to open for swimming on Memorial Day weekend
The beach news continues to get better for Ocean County residents.
This week several Ocean County towns announced that beaches are opening including Point Pleasant Beach (May 15 & July 4) Lavallette, Seaside Park, Toms River (Ortley Beach) and even Brick who has taken the announcement a step further as Mayor John Ducey announced Friday that swimming will be allowed at Brick Beach 1 and Windward Beach Park on Memorial Day weekend.
Mayor Ducey said that ALL beaches would be open daily beginning on June 15 with new safety measures in play due to the ongoing pandemic.
“While it is important that we continue to be vigilant in the fight against coronavirus, it is also important to bring back some normal aspects of life as safely as we can,” Mayor Ducey said. “Going to the beach is something that can be done in such a manner which is why we decided to move forward with opening them on Memorial Day weekend.”
He said that during the crisis, beachgoers will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines and lifeguard staff will be patrolling the beaches on foot throughout the day to make sure everyone is adhering to the regulations in place.
If crowds gather and any violation of social distancing and other regulations occur, the beach access will be shut down.
Beach staff will regularly disinfect restrooms, lockers and equipment throughout daily operations.
Earlier this week Mayor Ducey announced that Brick Beach I, Brick Beach II and Brick Beach III are open but the parking lot for BB III is closed due to a previously scheduled project.
The Brick Reservoir, which is managed by the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority, has been closed since March 16.
In the meantime, Mayor Ducey said that the number of daily beach badges sold will be limited to prevent crowding.
- Season beach badges and parking passes will be on sale beginning Monday, May 11.
- Badges can be purchased by calling the Recreation Department at 732-262-1044.
- Season badges can be purchased by check or credit card only. You can then pick up badges at the Brick Municipal Building Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm.
- Season beach badges cost $25 until June 15 and $30 on June 16 and later. Season parking passes are $30.
- Cash will be accepted for daily badges and daily parking passes at the beaches.
- Residents ages 65 and over by September 1, 2020 and veterans are eligible to receive a free daily wristband at the beaches with a valid ID. Senior season parking passes are $15.
Previous reporting by Dan Alexander was used in this report