SEA BRIGHT: There could be a few changes made to the borough's beach operations this summer.
Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said he met with the DEP to discuss Anchorage Beach and the newly-created Anchorage Park, both of which are Green Acres properties, to discuss some policy changes.
"They want to have rules and regulations for both parcels that mirror the borough's ordinances such as the time of year you can have your animal on the beach," Verruni said during the Feb. 11 Sea Bright Council workshop meeting.
The DEP also said that if the beach is not guarded during the summer, no swimming should be allowed and the Sea Bright Council agrees.
"We were leaning toward guarding it all the time this year anyway, so we talked to them about it and they were in complete favor of that," Verruni said.
Councilman John Lamia said adding lifeguards to the Anchorage Beach at all times would not be a significant cost for the borough. Verruni said officials were "pleasantly surprised" with the amount of people who went to the Anchorage Beach last summer.
He said the borough is also considering add a few showers and a small boardwalk area to Anchorage Beach so people can wash off before returning to their cars.
The council also discussed extending the beach hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to 9 a.m.-6 p.m. because of the fact that a lot of people are showing up at the beaches later in the afternoon. Those same hours would apply to the Anchorage Beach.
The council would have to decide when to stop collecting beach fees. Currently, a badge is needed to access the beach until 4 p.m.
The beach committee will examine whether or not to change that time and make a recommendation to the council.
Verruni said there have been discussions about adding amenities to the beaches such as a grilling area, a children's play area and vendors. The grills would be installed, similar to what is done in campground areas, and people would not be able to bring their own.