Beach Curfew Change Is Dead, for Now

Sep 12, 2018

An ordinance that would have enacted a 9 p.m. beach curfew for juveniles failed at the Beach Haven Borough Council meeting Monday when it could not get a second to Councilman Tom Lynch’s motion to adopt it.

“Without getting a second, the ordinance died,” said Deputy Borough Clerk Kristy Davis. “The council could reintroduce it at another time and it is going to be on our discussion agenda.”

The ordinance was proposed by Councilman Jim White, who was not in attendance at the meeting and not available for comment later. White had said the measure would be a deterrent for large groups of kids congregating on the beach, a situation that had led to homeowner complaints. He said one trouble spot is the beach at Taylor Avenue, where on one night he and Police Chief Jim Markoski observed a group of between 50 and 60 teens hanging out.

The councilman said the ordinance would not affect young people fishing or taking a stroll at night, or if they’re accompanied by adults.The new curfew would have gone into effect next June. The borough’s general midnight curfew for juveniles remains intact.

Councilman Donald Kakstis disagreed with the ordinance, believing that the 9 p.m. curfew was too stringent.

“I think if we’re going to have a curfew, we should make it at 10,” he said. “I can live with that.”

Kakstis said that 10 p.m. measures are in effect in other shore municipalities including Seaside Heights, Atlantic City, Wildwood and Margate.

“We also have our own anti-loitering laws we need to enforce,” he said.

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said White and Lynch would serve as a special committee to discuss the issue with Markoski.

“We have the whole winter to figure it out,” she said.  —E.E.



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