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Brick to Consider New Park Rules, Allowing Lifeguards to Inspect Coolers on Beaches

Lifeguards could enforce a beach alcohol ban should a new ordinance be passed by the township council. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Lifeguards could enforce a beach alcohol ban should a new ordinance be passed by the township council. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

An ordinance set to be introduced at Tuesday night’s meeting of the township council will tighten rules and policies at numerous township parks and beaches, including a provision to empower lifeguards to inspect coolers to see if they contain alcoholic beverages.

The new rules will be considered for the first time when the council will vote on whether to amend numerous ordinances at the meeting. All of the rules would be subject to a public hearing and second vote at a future meeting.

Many aspects of the revisions focus on alcohol, including allowing lifeguards to “inspect coolers and similar storage containers for prohibited alcoholic beverages.” The ordinance reiterates the township’s current ban on bringing and consuming alcohol at parks and beaches, and states that anyone who refuses such an inspection would not be allowed on the beach.


The ordinance is also being revised to set specific swimming hours at the ocean beaches – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends between Memorial Day and June 15, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily between June 16 and Labor Day. Beachgoers, while beaches are guarded, will be prohibited from swimming in areas not designated as such.

Another portion of the ordinance revision sets fees for renting space at township parks, with prices ranging from $50 to $3,000, depending on the location of the event, its size and whether or not the host is a township resident. Businesses would be barred from renting parks for “commercial events or purposes.” The proposal also sets parameters under which an entity renting space in a park must obtain a permit if a grill is to be used to cook food. Beer would be allowed at Windward Beach Park and Traders Cove Park if a permit is obtained.

Finally, the ordinance prohibits those who use township parks from building, or attempting to build, a fire.

The rules apply to Brick’s public beaches; privately-owned beaches maintain their own rules.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the township municipal complex.

  • Spell Check

    They charge you an insane amount to get on the beach. now can’t enjoy a few drinks in the beach without a 16yr old lifeguard busting my chops. They want you to go to a bar and drive drunk instead

    • J W

      So, you’re ok with people driving home from the beach drunk though? If you wanna get a load on, go to a bar or stay at home. The public beach is for the sober.

      • KaayC

        And what of those of us who walk to the park? Are you afraid of us drinking and walking too?

      • J W

        Why you gotta be drunk in public anyway? Do it on private property. One less element to cause trouble.

      • KaayC

        Drinking does not have to equate to drunkeness. We tried Prohibition in this country, didn’t work.

  • Stu Pidity

    I’ve seen no evidence that alcohol causes any problems at our beaches and parks. Who exactly came up with this idea? Don’t hide behind the council. The township council would far better serve it’s residents by keeping the Lakewood cult members out of Brick taxpayer’s recreational facilities and reservoir. They’re taking over. They are why Toms River residents have resorted to the lawn signs all over town: “TR Strong. Don’t Sell”

  • Smokin

    What’s the difference drinking on beach and drive home or drink at a bar and drive home…both wrong spell check…Your already not allowed to bring coolers on some beaches in Monmouth county…

    • Mac

      that’s just due to pure greed, so one must purchase drinks at the local beach stand – bad deal for beer drinkers, not so much for us flask users that are more inclined to try and spruce up the watered-down soft drinks

  • Beach N8iv

    You go to the polls and vote for these jokers or stay home and let others decide for you. Near as I can tell, you get what you deserve.

  • Mac

    Why not just require a totally nude presence on the beach so there is less time and personnel wasted on standing in line waiting to be strip searched by teenagers? Talk about a summer fantasy job. Apparently, the local government is so well run and so free of it’s own problems that it has the time to protect us from ourselves with their superior values and virtues.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    One of the best things about the neighborhood where I’ve lived the past 56 years is that we have our own little private beach. It’s not oceanfront, and the water quality can be questionable at times. Most good neighbors pick up after themselves. And we can do what we want as long as it doesn’t offend other neighbors.
    If the wind is favorable we can even have small camp fires. If someone who does not belong here builds a camp fire it is always obvious, because they’ll do it in the prevailing southeast summer wind. The smoke comes right up the hill in to the neighborhood, and we get them out of here in a hurry.
    Why drive to the ocean, when one can walk to the beach? On Independence day we get to see fireworks from many different towns. It’s the busiest day of the year for our little beach.

  • Richard Weber

    Lifeguards checking coolers for alcohol at the beach? That may be the worst idea in the history of Brick council ideas!! Like many have stated, they are not being employed to be “bouncers” ! Besides, they just do not have the experience for things like that, and they are too young for that job! If someone gets out of hand or blatantly drinks on the beach, just call the cops, we have plenty around, and a station out by the beaches already. That can be quite a powder keg….no thought whatsoever given that one! The township better review its insurance policy as well. Hey council, how about spending a little time figuring ways to cut back local government so that it does not cost so much, and can possibly lower our taxes that we over pay. The tax paying citizens of this town would rather comment on important issues like that………..

  • shamrocknj

    I also have never seen any evidence of an alcohol problem at the beaches. I too would like to know who sponsered this ordinance and why. What evidence is there to show that alcohol has become a problem on the beaches? How many times was the BPD called to the beaches for drunkeness? How many times was the BPD called to the beaches for any kind of alcohol related problem? How many incident reports by the lifeguards regarding alcohol?
    I also have another problem with this ordinance, a 4th Amendment problem. The 4th Amendment protects our right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,” How is this not an unreasonable search? How is it that the government (Brick Council) can assume that an individual with a cooler (or a backpack or bag) has broken the law and authorize their agents to search coolers to determine the individuals innocence? Isn’t it the other way around and have to prove the individual guilty? Or am I wrong and the government (Brick Council) can supercede the Constitution when they feel it is convienent to do so?