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Long Branch Taking Steps To Bring Lockers, Cabanas To City Beaches This Year

LONG BRANCH: The council recently took the first steps needed to bring lockers and cabanas to city beaches this summer.

The Long Branch Council introduced an amendment to its beach ordinance that will allow the city to rent storage lockers and cabanas, referred to as bath houses in the ordinance, to beachgoers for 2015.

Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said the plan is to order 105 lockers, which come in groups of three, and 20 cabanas. The lockers will be rented to the public for $375 each and $2,750 for each cabana for the summer.

The lockers will be located at 7 beaches; West End Avenue, Cottage Place , North and South Bath Avenue, Laird Street, Morris Avenue and Madison Avenue.

The cabanas will be located only at Madison Avenue and Laird Street because they need electric and water. Cabanas could be added to other beaches once the boardwalk is completed in time for the summer of 2016.

The storage lockers and cabanas will be available to rent from the week before Memorial Day through the Sunday following Labor Day.

The storage lockers will be 30-inches-wide, 40-inches-high and 40-inches deep and can be used to store beach umbrellas, baby strollers, beach chairs, boogie boards and other beach items. The cabanas will be 8-feet-wide, 10-feet-deep and 8-feet-high and can be used for both storing and changing.

Each cabana will have its own electric service and showers will be located near them. The ordinance states that the renter of a cabana is entitled to four seasonal adult beach badges.

The ordinance also states that the renter of a locker or cabana must provide their own lock and will "hold the city harmless for any loss of or damage to stored items."

Officials have said the lockers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley has said the city's total cost for the lockers and cabanas would be $81,000 but that he anticipates the city could make $100,000 in the first year if all the units are rented by the public.

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