Restrictive Town

Dec 06, 2017

To the Editor:

I’m a long-time visitor to LBI (since 1990), and over the next couple of years I’m looking to purchase a second home on the Island. I have visited all LBI towns during that time – each has a slightly different allure – but I can cross one town off my list due to its restriction on surfing and other watersports outside of the flags.

The town I will not consider is Harvey Cedars. Most of my time on the Island I have spent on the southern edge of North Beach. The recent change of policies by most LBI towns around allowing surfing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. has been wonderful. Instead of driving to surfing beaches during the day, I can now go in the water with my children within sight distance of other family members who are spending a great day on the sand.

I did not visit Harvey Cedars during the day in 2017. Instead I hosted Harvey Cedars families that enjoyed surfing outside of the flags. Some are recent homebuyers who are regretting their decision in making a major financial purchase in a restrictive town.

For the sake of Harvey Cedars businesses and homeowners, I would implore the Harvey Cedars commissioners to reconsider and follow the lead of other LBI towns in allowing surfing outside the flags for the summer of 2018. There will be an abundance of positives that come with this decision and very little negative outcomes that I can see.  

Ryan Manville

Scotch Plains, N.J.


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