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Dogs to be Restricted From ‘Dog Beach’ Near Manasquan Inlet, Opposition Mounts

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Fisherman's Cove, Manasquan, N.J. (Photo: Borough of Manasquan)
Fisherman’s Cove, Manasquan, N.J. (Photo: Borough of Manasquan)

One of the few dog-friendly beaches at the Jersey Shore is about to join the ranks of those where Man’s Best Friend is not allowed – at least during certain hours.

Fisherman’s Cove in Manasquan, colloquially known as the “Dog Beach” for its popularity with dog owners, will no longer be open to four-legged visitors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting Memorial Day. The daytime dog ban will run through Labor Day at the beach, which is situated along the Manasquan River, just west of the inlet and ocean.

The decision by the Monmouth County Park System, announced Thursday, is the result of an influx of non-dog-owners accessing the site since the promenade which runs along nearby Manasquan Inlet was expanded to the edge of the beach.

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“In addition, other activities including kayak launching, bird watching, and fishing take place,” a statement from the Borough of Manasquan, which does not have any jurisdiction over the area, said. “People with younger children avoiding the ocean waves and walkers – all without dogs – are now using the site.”

The dog ban is to help “avoid conflict,” the statement went on to say.

Prior to 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., dogs will still be permitted on the Fisherman’s Cove beach, “providing they are leashed and under control,” the statement said.

The prohibition immediately drew backlash on social media, with local residents pointing to the historical nature of the beach as a place where dogs were welcome, including state Sen. Joe Vitale.

This is ridiculous,” Vitale posted from a social media account. “It’s the dog beach. The majority of the visitors utilize the beach for their dog to swim, excercise or hang out. Everyone coexists just fine – even non dog owners.

I can’t believe this, what a sad, sad decision,” said Brittany North. “Not only was this a locals secret hide out, but one of the only places on the Jersey Shore that we could enjoy with our fury family members. Lack of dog-friendly areas is such a disappointment, and now the list has become shorter. What a shame.”

A few people agreed with the ban.

Little kids also like the cove and have a right to enjoy it also without unleashed dogs scaring them,” said John Moscov.

Anyone with questions on the new policy is asked to contact the parks department at 732-842-4000.


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  • RGEN

    EVERY SINGLE OTHER BEACH, SHORE, INLET, COVE AREAS IN THE COUNTY CAN BE ENJOYED BY KIDS, PEOPLE, ETC WITHOUT DOGS! Cant give people with pets ONE happy beach/water place to spend time together day and night?!?!?!

  • Chuck Cumella

    more government motherhood. let the damn dogs stay on the beach. it’s been like this since i can remember… LEAVE THE DOGS ALONE

  • Bercules

    I disagree with the new plan but some dog owners are really dopey and ruin it for others. I have seen dogs allowed to run the entire length of the beach unsupervised. I have also seen dogs run off into the nearby woods unsupervised. It is a small fraction of people who do this but it’s time for dog owners to self-police and let these people know that they are acting irresponsibly.

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    So is this a decision of giving the Benny’s preference over locals? If the locals want it as a dog beach, then that’s what it shall be. I’m sure we can find replacements for the people that made the decision after we put enough pressure on the park system to fire them.

  • VampireKitten

    So… let me get this straight. Because “non-dog owners” have been visiting the beach, dog owners can’t spend Memorial Day on a ‘Dog Beach’. I’d like to know how that makes any sense.

  • WhiteyisFedup

    Sick of these A-holes that can’t go any where with out the stupid dog!!! A bunch of whiny bitches.

    • Linda

      You have the entire coast to visit what the h**l is your problem. Let dog owners have 1 tiny section of 1 beach why is it such a big deal there are hundreds of miles of beach your nasty ass can use

    • Bob Stanley

      whitey you seem to be the biggest hole on this site

    • WhiteyisFedup

      Lol I can care less about this beach…Was just saying in general. And fat Bob eat it..

      • Emma

        I think what you were attempting to say is that you *couldn’t* care less. Lots of ignorant people make that mistake.

    • JW

      I agree- I think sharing a beach with dogs is pretty nasty.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Then go somewhere else Archie Bunker…..go where dogs are not allowed and let there to be choice for those who do. You Obama people just want for yourselves, no one else can have a say in your new America yet you preach tolerance and acceptance for all.

    • br

      Your not whining are u?

  • Emma

    Screw the people with children who don’t want to be scared by dogs. People can visit any other beach on the coast. This is called the dog beach. Pack up your brats and go somewhere else. Oh, and I don’t own a dog.

  • Kristin Meseck

    After moving to San Diego from eastern PA I realized what a stick up the butt Jersey has about its beaches. No fire pits, almost no dog beaches. Jersey, why do you hate fun? The two off-leash dog beaches we have in San Diego are very successful and widely used. People who don’t like dogs can and do happily utilize the other 67 miles of beaches the landscape provides.

    • 2008homes

      Utilize the other 126 miles of NJ beaches!

  • JJ

    How sad 🙁

  • Trevor

    instead of complaining, people should protest by having an event where hundreds of dog owners bring their dogs on the beach. What are they going to arrest everyone?

    • Chuck Cumella

      I like this idea…… I’ll bring my dog the day that this is organized….. Trevor, if you organize this event I can get 10 or so people, with their dogs, to join the protest.

      • Bob Stanley

        how about memorial day,we’ll see who uses it more,dog owners or beach walkers,they are going to have to ask everyone of the dog owners to leave,good luck with that my dog will be there!

      • Jay Santos

        I’ll gladly bring my dog to the protest and I’m sure I can get several other dog owners to participate.

      • stephen

        Lets set up a few days in a span of memorial day weekend im gunna be working sunday would love to bring my dog out to support this, im a new dog owner and now summer hits and I cant bring my dog to the beach during the days

      • 2008homes

        I’ll get another 10 there for a protest: “The paws that refresh” a time-honored tradition!

        65% of voters have pets, and we’ll remember in November. Monmouth County politicians had better reconsider their dumb move.

    • stephen

      Lets set up a few days in a span of memorial day weekend im gunna be working sunday would love to bring my dog out to support this, im a new dog owner and now summer hits and I cant bring my dog to the beach during the day its bs

    • Tracy TraLala

      Perhaps organize a group of volunteers who will maintain the beach and ensure the dogs are UTD with rabies tags attached to their leash while you’re at it. ?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Oh sure…just like on television…we will elect a council and have the beach manned every daylight hour. Scour the beach for dog crap and evil plastic, save dozens of birds from big oil, the volunteers will be rainbow of diversity too with a minority lesbian as our boss and free parking for our Prius and a bicycle rack for the truly socially responsible. We can sit around too and discuss how the land was stolen by evil white men, and offer to give half our earnings towards slavery reparations. Just like evenry other good liberal does….Lord knows the money just flows from Hollywood crowd and rap artists to these causes, not on their private jets or houses filled with shoes and clothes worn only once.

  • Bob Stanley

    if we cant have the river to ourselves,why then can’t we have a section of it full time.Come on Monmouth County Park System,can’t you think for once,who is being paid off for this act!

  • JW

    I wish I could be sympathetic, but I can’t. Sharing a beach with dogs is nasty. It’s not the dog’s fault necessarily, but the majority of dog owners are scofflaw jerks that don’t clean up after them. Good riddance.

    • Trevor

      Oh no if frank is a solider for dog’s rights you’re really in for it!

      • JW

        And he’ll probably contort it into me being an anti-white racist at the same time.

      • Brandy the Dog

        Can’t Wait to see whose side is Frank on. Is it the liberal racist or the commie’s? I’ll have to check back, I’m sure he will contribute to the discussion.

      • JW

        He’s already said his peace. I’m an anti-white racist and I pets because ya know because.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Its is not much of a beach, not one you would want to go to and sit on for the day. Once again we see your anti social side here. Not only do you hate whites, you cannot seem to connect with animals or dogs. Very telling of a cold and calculated hater.

      • JW

        You though- you’re a nice person. You like dogs and hate black people. No cognitive dissonance going on there at all.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Will you please stop making everything abort race on here. What is your obsession with race…further more what is your obsession with me.

      • JW

        Good question Frank, what is your obsession with race? You’re always the first one to bring up the topic and those of us bothered by your overt white supremacy feel compelled to challenge you on it because it is abhorrent and that’s how people combat racism in a liberal democracy where everyone is free to speak no matter how crappy their ideas are- like yours.

      • Frank Rizzo

        We are not free to speak our opinions in your politically correct, politically oppressive atmosphere that you liberals have created. If we truly were you would respect mine, and people and politicians would be able to say what they truly think without fear of loosing employment and being branded a racist by fools such as yourself.

      • JW

        Yeah, that’s not how free speech and tolerance works. I don’t have to passively accept your drivel. I can cancel it out and be mean about it. I don’t have to put up with your intolerant gibberish in silence. You’re a whiny and racist old Archie Bunker with few valid opinions.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Please enlighten the rest of us in how you and your Marxist minions think free speech should work….I guess it’s not free after all in your Obama supporters twisted plan for America.

      • JW

        The brick wall keeps going on and on and calling everyone else names to avoid dealing with the fact that you are a flaming white supremacist with a psychotic fixation on blaming all of your problems on black people. IT should be a nice night for burning crosses Frank- hope you don’t burn yourself or anything.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Why am I a racist and what are you hiding from the group when you lash out like that at someone you never met.

    • Bercules

      “Majority”? That’s a ridiculous statement.

    • The Griffins

      Um, could you please NOT share this beach with us then? There are a gazillion places for people who think this. You have every right to feel this way and the answer to the problem is to not go to the dog beach, not to penalize the dog owners.

      • JW

        I’ve got as much right to use public spaces as anyone, and if someone else’s use fouls the public land and spoils it, why is it on me to just go somewhere else? Dog owners at the beach are not being responsible. It makes the place gross too. End of story. There’s the problem.

      • Marynary

        You seem to enjoy the confrontation more than the beach.

      • Frank Rizzo

        You and your Archie Bunker “get off my lawn” attitude….please keep your anti social and racists comment s to yourself.

      • JW

        More bullshit from the resident white supremacist troll.

    • br

      Why do u go to a “dog” beach then. The inlet beach is about 100 ft away.

      • JW

        Why have a dog beach at all if it’s just going to be a public health hazard? I’ll admit I’m not a dog person and don’t have a dog, but I really resent how dog owners don’t clean up after them. And it isn’t just a few bad apples either- walk the Sawmill Trail and look at the side of the trail- it’s really disgusting and rude to fellow citizens.

      • br

        I’ve never heard of it being a health hazard. If they never enforced people cleaning up then how are they going to enforce this.

        so this will now be advertised as a free beach. What happens when it gets too busy. i guarantee the bennies will make more of a mess than a dog. Look at F Cove. What hapens when a kid swims out and gets run over by a boat or drowns because there is no lifeguard.

        A better idea would be to require beach badges for everyone. even dogs. Manasquan could then have someone to make sure the people have leashed dogs and cleanup. There could also be a lifeguard. That’s more of a compromise then just saying no access. It’s just easier for them to deny. Monmouth County Parks could care less I’m sure.

      • JW

        Fecal matter isn’t a welcome ingredient in estuary environments. And I’d take a dozen Bennies over a dozen dogs any day- especially at the beach.

      • br

        Prepare for conflict at this beach. It’s not going to be a friendly environment for bennies. I promise u that.

      • br

        Birds poop too.

  • Bercules

    Of course, the inlet beach will now be known as “poor man’s beach” after the folks from outside the area who can’t afford a badge will use it for their family fun. Enjoy that Manasquan residents!!

  • Heather Kurpiecki

    One beach out of how many others can go where dogs are not allowed? What a shame! It was the only place my dog and I could go to enjoy beach, not park, and where she was socially trained, unlike the non beach parks where she can’t go in spite of the two dogs that have attacked her. I’m completely bummed! Horrible decision to turn something that was already known for what it is and should be…DOG BEACH

  • Melissa

    Stop advertising that it is a dog friendly beach because it isn’t. All this means is people want to sit on a beach for free from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

  • Whitaker Chambers

    If it was an LBGT DOG BEACH the the little kids would be called homophobic.

  • Melissa

    Stop advertising this beach as a dog friendly beach. It isn’t. All this means is people want to sit on the beach for free from Memorial Day to Labor Day without dogs. Unbelievable!!

  • br

    They want to avoid conflict. I think they just made more conflict than there ever was.

  • br

    Go after the decision maker. Take their job away.

  • Marynary

    Ocean & Monmouth counties are loaded with beaches on the Ocean, rivers and bays. It would seem reasonable that one small beach could allow humans to enjoy time with their pets. That would still leave 99.9% of the others pet free.

  • Jamie

    I have a dog I choose not to go there but that is the dog beach I would think that Monmouth County has bigger fish to fry than to worry about dogs at the Manasquan Inletthere are plenty of other beaches for families and children without dogs to enjoy seriously people come on

  • Erin Nunn

    Sign my petition in attempt to keep this from happening. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/101/138/021/save-the-manasquan-dog-beach/

  • bojangles001@comcast.net

    The dogs have been there long before this change has occurred. The people should get use to our pets or not go there at all.

  • NY

    I understand that the signs on the dog beach say “Must be leashed at all times”. But what is the point of living in this area of NJ and having the landscape we do if the dogs are not permitted to swim? I was at the dog beach early Saturday morning (8am – 3 other dogs were there at the time). My dog loves to swim and was the only dog in the water. The park ranger came up to me and said my dog had to be leashed. I asked, “how is he supposed to swim and be on a leash at the same time?”. He simply replied, “must be leashed at all times”. Later on he said if I had a long leash or if I swam with my dog I could do that. He also said there is an area on the beachfront in Spring Lake for dogs, but that seems much riskier in terms of there being more people around and it not being an enclosed area similar to the dog beach.

    • NY

      Also, I will add that most of the non-dog owners want to go to the dog beach to avoid paying for a beach badge.

  • SoWhat?

    Dogs, pigs, cows, they’re on every beach in the area, especially the Brick beaches.

  • JJones

    Wait now they will charge a fee to let you go to this beach wih your dog…???

  • realcheeseyo

    I don’t have dogs or kids so I have no horse in this race but I grew up here and I’ve always thought it it as the dog beach. Plenty of places to take your kids to, why you gotta ruin the dog beach

  • Rich W

    For those of you who didn’t see the latest development in this doggone situation, our barking (instead of just rolling over) got results: The board reversed it decision and will allow dogs at all times on the first (east) side of the beach. The back (west) side will be restricted to human beings. This goes into effect June 22nd.

    Thank you everyone who attended out May 24th protest rally and all those who signed petitions. In dog we trust!