Ocean County Press Release
County Says Towns Should Continue Beach Maintenance

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is saying thanks but no thanks to proposed state legislation that would shift the responsibility of maintaining area beaches from municipalities to the County.

"No one knows the beach better than the local officials that oversee the maintenance of them," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to tourism in Ocean County. "We are opposed to this legislation for many reasons."

The Board of Freeholders on June 18 passed a resolution reaffirming its position opposing Senate Bill 2171, which would authorize Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties to assume complete responsibility for the operation and control of ocean beaches within the respective county.

The freeholder resolution states that Ocean County believes municipal control for the operation and maintenance of Ocean County beaches best serves the public whether it be visitors or residents.

Vicari noted that Ocean County is home to 44 miles of the 127 miles of ocean beaches in the four counties noted in the proposed legislation.

"Our municipalities, whether it be Seaside Heights, Seaside Park or Long Beach Township do a great job with taking care of the beaches," Vicari said. "From making certain they are cleaned and maintained daily to providing professional lifeguards that make sure everyone is safe as they enjoy the ocean, our towns are equipped to be the caretakers of our beaches and it should stay that way."

The resolution is being sent to Gov. Chris Christie, members of the State Senate and Assembly and the mayors of Ocean County's oceanfront communities.

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