Another N.J. beach town proposes ban on canopies, tents

     A canopy on the beach. (Public domain image)

    A canopy on the beach. (Public domain image)

    A Jersey Shore borough is considering banning tents at the beach to alleviate crowding.

    The Asbury Park Press reports council members in Belmar introduced a resolution that would prohibit large tents, canopies, or other shade-producing devices from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

    The measure exempts umbrellas and small sun shelters under 36 inches in height, width, or depth.

    Mayor Matt Doherty says he’s received complaints from the Department of Public Works, police, life guards and patrons about tents that make crowding worse.

    Doherty says “beach spreading” not only adds to crowding but can also block a lifeguard’s view of the water.

    “These are tents you would typically see maybe in someone’s backyard or even tailgating at a place like MetLife stadium. They really are not appropriate at the Jersey Shore,” he told NJ 101.5.

    According to the mayor, the resolution wouldn’t affect tents for small children or beach umbrellas. Other towns like Seaside Heights and Long Beach Island have enacted similar restrictions. 

    And it’s not just in New Jersey. Municipalities in Alabama and Delaware have tent bans on the books. 

    The borough council will discuss the proposal at its next scheduled meeting in September.


    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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