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Sea Bright's Anchorage Beach Seeing High Traffic

SEA BRIGHT: Early returns on the decision to make Anchorage Beach a paid and guarded property are looking good for the borough.

Councilman John Lamia said even two days lost to bad weather, there have been 6,300 visitors to the borough's beaches. Of that total 868 of them visited the Anchorage Beach and paid for a beach badge.

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.

The decision to do so prompted the council to offer half price beach badges for a few days before Memorial Day and to let anyone who purchased a $100 beach badge between April 1 and May 19, 2015 be eligible for a $50 refund.

Lamia said 2,400 used the North Beach entrance, 2,064 at the main entrance, 647 at the lifeguard stand and 333 at Donovan's.

"We've average 902 people a day at the beach and the weather has been pretty iffy," Lamia said. "I'm very optimistic that we're going to have a great summer."

Beginning June 20, the borough's beaches will be open be open daily and beach-goers will have to show a badge to gain access.

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