Ordinance Would Keep Kids From Congregating on the Beach After 9 p.m. in Beach Haven

Aug 15, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

At July’s Beach Haven council meeting, Councilman Jim White recommended the borough enact a 9 p.m. beach curfew for kids after noting that police had received complaints from homeowners about large groups of teens hanging out on the beaches late at night.

White got his wish as the council introduced an ordinance creating the new curfew, but not after a move to table the ordinance failed at the Aug. 13 meeting. The new curfew would go into effect next June. The borough’s general midnight curfew for juveniles remains intact.

The councilman said the ordinance would not affect young people fishing or taking a stroll at night, or if they’re accompanied by adults.

“What we want to do is have a deterrent for large groups of kids congregating on the beach,” said White. “It made some homeowners feel uncomfortable.”

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.

“This curfew would be a concern for the summer,” said Markoski. “It wouldn’t be an issue in the offseason.”

Councilman Donald Kakstis disagreed with the ordinance, calling it “overkill.” He moved to have it tabled and got Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis to second his motion, but White and council members Charles Maschal and Tom Lynch voted against that move, so the ordinance stood and was introduced by the same vote margin.

“I think this ordinance is penalizing a lot of the good kids,” said Kakstis. “A bigger issue is that we don’t have a sufficient number of summer officers.”

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.  —E.E.

 

 

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