Long Beach Island — The arrival of Labor Day brings changes in lifeguard coverage to all towns on LBI. The public is strongly urged to use only guarded beaches. Coverage is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In Barnegat Light, five beaches are scheduled to be guarded Labor Day weekend: 27th, 25th, 22nd, 15th and Ninth streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Councilwoman Dottie Reynolds, who chairs the beaches and parks committee.
“After that, beaches will be guarded on a limited basis for weekends in September,” she said.
In addition, the one bay beach at the end of 25th Street will have a lifeguard stationed if there are enough guards in the post-season week.
Beach Haven beaches will be guarded daily at Centre Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. up until Sunday, Sept. 8. Beach Patrol Capt. Mike Lawrence said other beaches could be guarded, depending on how much staff is available. Mobile patrols on quads will also be used.
In Harvey Cedars, Beach Patrol Capt. Randy Townsend said that after Labor Day, the beaches at Middlesex Avenue and 80th Street will be guarded each day through Sunday, Sept. 8., from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, the Middlesex Avenue beach will be guarded each day through Sunday, Sept. 29. The 80th Street beach will be guarded on weekends during that same stretch if there are favorable weather conditions.
“We’re also going to have mobile patrols concentrating on areas where we do not have guards,” Townsend said.
After Labor Day, Long Beach Township will have guards on just one beach, 68th Street in Brant Beach, with coverage only on Saturday and Sunday, through September, from 10 to 5.
The Ship Bottom beaches will have daily coverage at Seventh, 15th and 20th streets through Sept. 30 from 10 to 6.
Surf City will have guards at the 12th Street beach through Sept. 8 from 10 to 5.