Lavallette is making the usual preparations before the summer season begins in earnest, settling on regulations and hiring staff to accommodate the influx of tourists from across the region.
The borough council on Monday night passed a resolution setting the official beach season – meaning beach will be guarded and badges will be required for access – to begin Saturday, June 17. The season will run through Sept. 4, after which the borough normally determines whether they are able to extend guarded beaches into September.
Councilman Michael Stogdill said the borough’s designated surfing beach will remain in the same location as last year, between Trenton and Dover avenues.
“With everything changing rapidly and seeing that Ortley Beach really doesn’t have much of a beach right now, for us it will be unchanged,” Stogdill said.
Beach badges can be purchased at the municipal building until the start of the season on June 17, at which point sales will move to “the beach hut,” as it’s become known, at Chandler Field. Season badges this year are $65, while senior badges can be purchased for $25. Veterans and active members of the military can obtain badges at no charge with the appropriate identification. Weekly badges will be sold for $35 and daily badges for $13.
The council also set the hours during which bicycles will be allowed on the boardwalk. After a few experiments in recent years, the hours will remain the same as in 2022. Bicycles will be allowed on the boardwalk from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Permit parking for the lots on the bayfront will also go into effect June 17. The permit stickers can be obtained for $10, and are sold in the same location as beach badges.
Mayor Walter LaCicero said the borough was able to attract a sizable group of Class I (unarmed) special police officers this season who will be able to better enforce parking regulations than in previous years.
The borough’s new Recreation Badges will also be required to access tennis and pickleball courts after June 17, which Shorebeat will detail in a separate story this week.