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Sea Bright Finishes Successful Beach Season

SEA BRIGHT: The borough has completed another successful beach season, and officials are saying it could end up being one of the best in its history.

Although total beach badge revenue numbers have not yet been finalized, Councilman John Lamia said it was "significant" summer.

"We had a really good year at the beach, the weather gods were very good to us," Lamia said. "69,370 badges were presented at Sea Bright beaches."

Of that total, 49,506 were daily beach badges.

Forty percent of visitors used North End beaches, 35 percent used the main entrance at the municipal parking lot, 12 percent entered near the lifeguard stands, six percent entered at Donovan's Tiki Bar and seven percent used Anchorage Beach.

Lamia said the Anchorage Beach attracted a large percentage of beachgoers despite the fact that it was only open on weekends and holidays.

The Sea Bright Council voted to put guards on the beach and charge admission this spring because it felt the extra revenue that could be generated there could be beneficial for the borough. Those who access the beach between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays are now required to have either a daily or seasonal beach badge.

One hundred and forty one Seastreak ferry visitors visited borough beaches after the company began running a shuttle service from Atlantic Highlands to Sea Bright.

"While that didn't pan out the way we wanted it to, it really did catch on as people got the word out and we think it will be a better result next year," Lamia said.

Lamia said the beach revenue was "well within" the amount budgeted and all the revenue targets the borough set were "exceeded."

"Hopefully we can do some better things next year to keep people coming, although I'm cognizant of the fact that we probably had the most people visit Sea Bright ever this year and it caused some problems with parking and congestion," he said. "Somehow, we've got to find a way to balance all those things."

Councilman Charles Rooney also thanked Beach Manager Don Kline and Sea Bright Ocean Rescue Capt. Mike Hudson for all their hard work during the summer season.



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