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Brick May Tweak Beach Lifeguard Hours

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A lifeguard stand at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A lifeguard stand at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township council this week will vote on whether to change – slightly – the hours lifeguards are stationed at the township’s public beaches.

An ordinance scheduled to be introduced at Tuesday’s council meeting will set lifeguard hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The previous hours were 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Beaches will be guarded on weekends between Memorial Day weekend and June 15; from June 16 through Labor Day, beaches will be guarded daily. Beachgoers would be prohibited from swimming at unprotected beaches, the ordinance states.

In recent years, numerous local communities have changed their lifeguard hours to accommodate those who swim later in the day. Brick maintains two guarded beaches on the ocean and a third at Windward Beach Park on the Metedeconk River.

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The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal complex on Chambers Bridge Road.


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  • Beach N8iv

    Beach goers would be prohibited from swimming at unprotected beaches? Seems to me that this was found to be illegal back in the ’90s.

  • Surfrider

    I do not think that the word “PROHIBITED” to swim at unguarded beaches should be put forth by the town. Simply put a sign that you swim AT YOUR OWN RISK AFTER HOURS OF GUARD PRESENCE. Where is the accountability in this society? I go early to the beach, and will swim and surf when the waves are good.

    • It’s standard language for these ordinances. Officials from other towns have told me it is required by insurance companies to limit liability when guards are not on duty. I’ve never seen guards removing people from the water after hours except for one private beach (Martell’s) in Point Pleasant Beach.

      Funny thing is, when I swim after hours, the guards are usually still chillin’ at the beach relaxing anyway. Ha.

  • Goodgrief

    Protecting the beaches after 4:45pm is a good idea considering Daylight Savings Time.

  • Surfrider

    Thanks for info Dan!

  • Mike

    Would be Best to continue with the first and not leave out the latter.. Start early for early risers and stay late for the second waves.

  • Mac

    Again, the Jersey Shore is billed as a summer playground. Why would coastal towns that spend millions to attract tourists not have lifeguards on the beaches until at least 8pm in the evenings? It’s a valuable marketing tool being grossly overlooked.

    • Susan LaDuke

      Agree with this thought….but not looking out at tourists.
      Many working parents within the community are unable to bring their families to the beaches until later in the day…..