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Point Pleasant Beach Not On Top 10 Beach List, Report Says; Belmar Finishes Sixth

Seaside Heights was especially impacted by Hurricane Sandy, as well as a fire that torched the boardwalk last fall. Manasquan, which actively campaigned for votes, also continues to rebuild some of its famous beach landmarks.

Belmar was voted the sixth best beach in New Jersey in an annual Top Ten Beaches Competition, while WOBM reports that beaches in Point Pleasant Beach, Brick, Ortley Beach, Long Beach Island, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park were shut out.

The contest was sponsored by New Jersey Tourism, the NJ Sea Grant Consortium and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Coastal Research Center.

Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty said his town is "excited to be selected the best beach in Central Jersey. We are proud of how we have recovered from Hurricane Sandy, and rebuilt our boardwalk and beach. We look forward to a great 2014 summer season.”

Ocean City was voted the best beach; a more complete list is here: http://wobm.com/ocean-city-upends-wildwood-as-njs-best-beach/.

In 2013, the contest was put on hold because of the Hurricane Sandy recovery, and New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey focused on sharing images and memories of the Jersey Shore, according to its website.

Manasquan, Long Beach Island and Seaside Heights made the list in 2012. 

Seaside Heights was especially impacted by Hurricane Sandy, as well as a fire that torched the boardwalk last fall.Belmar makes up a stretch of 1.3 miles of beachfront. Manasquan, which actively campaigned for votes, also continues to rebuild some of its famous beach landmarks.

Belmar cleans and grooms the beach every morning, and starting this year, smoking is completely prohibited on the entire beach and boardwalk, according to Belmar officials.

Belmar’s beaches have playgrounds at 3rd, 8th, 12th and 16th Avenue Beaches.  Activities for children include boogie boarding, kayaking and surfing.

In a release, Belmar officials noted the town "prides itself on the accessibility of our beach. Every beach entrance is ADA compliant and features Mobi-Mats that provide a hard surface to operate a wheel chair, pair of crutches, or baby stroller.  Our boardwalk features a 6 foot center strip for smooth operation of a wheel chair."

"Our beach season never ends but our official kick-off starts Memorial Day Weekend on Friday, May 23rd and runs through Monday, September 1st, Labor Day Weekend. We have traditional food and beverage outlets on our boardwalk with plenty of parking available," according to the release.

KingNeptune May 23, 2014 at 01:37 AM
Just think PPB doesn't even own most of the beaches. If they did, the beach would probably not even make the top 30.
rebecca May 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I can see why. ..but not allowed free speech
Rick Ricky May 23, 2014 at 03:01 PM
They only own one little patch of the beach south of the boardwalk as far as I know. Only a few locals go there. I doubt it would ever be considered. I think they would have more Jenkinson's and Martell's in mind. Don't know if they could even be in the running being it is Private Beaches. Not Government owned.
Rick Ricky May 24, 2014 at 03:46 PM
It also shows you how stupid the people who has been running the town of Point Pleasant Beach really is. They are the only town who sold their beach off. Not one other down sold their beaches. Right now they would be making tons of money like all the other towns and would not be in the financial problems they are always in.

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