Lifeguards to protect Island Beach State Park through September

    Ocean Bathing Area 1 in Island Beach State Park in July 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    Ocean Bathing Area 1 in Island Beach State Park in July 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    For the second season, a guarded bathing area in Island Beach State Park will be open for long weekends throughout September, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced.

    Swimmers will enjoy the protection of lifeguards at the Ocean Bathing Area 2.

    “The weather and the water are still warm and our attendance remains high in September,” said Richard Boornazian, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources, in a release announcing the lifeguard protection last year. “By having our skilled lifeguard team at Island Beach State Park for long weekends throughout the month, visitors can more safely enjoy the water and experience an extended summer on our beautiful beaches.”

    For the remainder of the month, lifeguards will be on duty Sept. 11-14, Sept. 18-21, and Sept. 25-28. Park hours are 8 a.m. until sunset. Restrooms and showers at the bathing pavilion will be open, closing one hour prior to the park’s closing. 

    Swimming will remain strictly prohibited in unguarded sections of the park.

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