Beach Haven Curfew Mandates Kids Off the Beach at 9 p.m.

Nov 21, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Beach Haven Borough Council last week adopted an ordinance that enacts a 9 p.m. beach curfew for juveniles. An earlier ordinance failed two months ago when it could not get a second to a motion to adopt it.

The ordinance was proposed over the summer by Councilman Jim White, who 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.

The new ordinance, which will go into effect on June 1, would not affect young people fishing or taking a stroll at night, or if they’re accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

“Furthermore, certain other bonafide educational, civic or community events may be permitted at the discretion of the chief of police,” the ordinance states.

The borough’s general midnight curfew for juveniles remains intact.

The council also introduced an ordinance setting a 15-minute time limit parking on the west side of Bay Avenue between Engleside Avenue and Amber Street. The limit runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and affects people parking to go into borough hall.

Another ordinance amends fees for use of the pickleball courts at the Nelson Avenue park. A daily pass increased from $2 to $3 per person, while a season pass was raised from $45 to $50. The weekly fee of $10 remains unchanged.  

The passes will be required from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Public hearings on the ordinances are scheduled for the next meeting, on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. —E.E. 

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