Beach Haven Amends Regulations on Dune Walkways

Oct 18, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

An ordinance adopted by the Beach Haven Borough Council last week will require that walkways at private oceanfront homes extend to the beach. According to the ordinance, the walkways are to be constructed of prefabricated rollaway decking or unrolled sand fencing.

“Such walkways must extend over the complete dune area to the flat beach,” the ordinance says. “No grading, excavating or filling of the dune or beach are allowed.”

Single-family duplex walkways are required to be less than 5 feet in width, including fencing. The width limit for commercial/multifamily paths is 12 feet. The ordinance also requires signs stating “Private access. Do not enter. No trespassing on the dune.”

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said that in some instances, walkways had not been constructed all the way to the beach.

“When that happened, people would be walking on part of the dune before getting on the beach,” she said. “We’re doing this to prevent damage to the dunes.”

Another ordinance adopted by the council will prohibit bicycle riding on public sidewalks. It will also be unlawful for anyone to operate a cycle having more than two wheels on Bay Avenue from Pearl Street to 12th Street.

“If people want to walk their bikes along the sidewalk, that’s OK,” said Davis. “We just want to make sure they don’t ride, which is a big safety concern, especially during the summer when it gets so crowded.”

Violators face a fine of $100. Juvenile offenders will first receive a written notification of the violation. A second violation results in a suspension of bicycle-riding privileges, with the duration determined by the police chief or his designee. Subsequent offenses can result in the parent or guardian receiving a summons.

The council introduced an ordinance that will raise the plenary retail distribution license annual fees from $2,300 to $2,500. The plenary retail consumption license fee and the club license will remain the same, at $2,500 and $180, respectively.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting, on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

— Eric Englund

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