Lifeguards to protect one bathing beach at 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)

    A lifeguarded bathing area in Island Beach State Park will be open Friday through Monday in September, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced. 

    A first for the park, swimmers will enjoy the protection of lifeguards at the Ocean Bathing Area 1.

    “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. “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.”

    Lifeguards will be on duty Sept. 5-8, Sept. 12-15, Sept. 19-22, and Sept. 26-29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Restrooms and showers at the bathing pavilion will be open. Gourmet food truck companies will also be on hand during certain lifeguarded days.

    During this period, the entry cost to the park is reduced to $5 per car for New Jersey residents and $10 per car for out-of-state residents.

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

    Food truck operators interested in providing their services during September are encouraged to call Island Beach State Park at (732) 793-0506. 

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