Spring Lake bans weddings from its beach

The North End Pavilion in Spring Lake, New Jersey. (Evelyn Tu/for WHYY)

The North End Pavilion in Spring Lake, New Jersey. (Evelyn Tu/for WHYY)

A New Jersey shore community is banning all weddings and celebrations from its boardwalk and beach.

The Spring Lake Borough Council recently enacted the ban, citing issues with congestion. But it won’t take effect until Nov. 1, so weddings that were already planned for this summer and fall can still proceed.

The town’s old policy had allowed weddings to take place on the beach with no permit, though the wedding party and guests couldn’t kick other people out of gazebos and they couldn’t set up decorations. Town officials say that created an imbalanced number of couples using the Spring Lake beach for weddings.

Neighboring beach towns require everyone to have a beach badge if the wedding takes place during beach hours.

 

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