Ship Bottom Bans Vehicles on Beach Through September

By GINA G. SCALA | Jun 05, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill The only motor vehicles allowed on Ship Bottom beaches from the second week of May through the last Saturday in September are for municipal, state, or federal use.

Ship Bottom — Under an ordinance adopted by the borough council last month, the only motor vehicles allowed on Ship Bottom beaches from the second week of May through the last Saturday in September are for municipal, state, or federal use.

“It’s a liability,” Mayor William Huelsenbeck said when questioned during the May 28 council meeting about not allowing beach access to motor vehicles in September. “Swimmers are there; it’s like inviting people because the lifeguards are there. (We’re) liable if something were to happen.”

To that point, Councilman Tom Tallon noted people coming to Long Beach Island after Labor Day still use the beaches, whether they have children or not.

Ordinance 2019-11, introduced at the April 23 council meeting, also requires the registration of motor vehicles for use on oceanfront beaches. Permit applications, which includes basic information like name, address, driver’s license number, make, model and year of the vehicle, must provide motor vehicle registration number and the state name of where the vehicle is registered. The application also requires the insurance provider and policy limits of liability insurance on the vehicle as well as the names and addresses of all persons authorized to operate the motor vehicle.

There is a $50 application fee, according to the measure. The registration fee may be waived for fishing events sponsored by a non-profit association or organization after the council approves a resolution to that extent.

In related news, the council also introduced an ordinance amending the storage of motor vehicles in the borough.

“No person shall store or permit to be stored upon any lands within the Borough, any motor vehicle which is not currently registered and have attached thereto registration plates authorizing the operation of the vehicle upon the public streets and highways, unless the motor vehicle is garaged,” according to Ordinance 2019-13. “For the purpose of this section, store and stored shall mean keeping a motor vehicle upon any lands for a period of more than sixty (60) days. “

Ordinance 2019-13 is up for adoption after a public reading and hearing at the June 25 council meeting. The meeting begins 6:30 p.m. at borough hall, 16th and 17th streets and the Boulevard. —G.G.S.

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