That is what the meeting is about. They had a cash cow with no expense in years past as they were selling the passes for the state owned North End. I can understand their frustration. They were getting $175 for a pass that will now be $50, and they sold a lot of them.Quote from Brigantine mayor: "We have not had any rational answer given to us as to why they [the state] would prohibit certain activities..."
What does that mean? You can pay to enter Island Beach State Park but you aren't allowed on the beach? Had a quick look at the website and didn't see anything about that. Or are you talking about driving on the beach?I called Island Beach State Park a few months ago and they told me that I cannot enter the beach without fishing rods and gear in the car.
A couple solutions for you. 1-Get a small pack for the gear you need. 2-If you absolutely need 30lbs of gear, get a gear cart(see pic), much easier on the back, it is similar to what some surf fishermen use that do not own beach capable vehicles. 3- go to just about any other east facing beach. Barnegat Light SP has a walkway part way out.I did not feel like hiking in at 3 AM with my 30 lb. backpack to get a sunrise shot.
Be careful, read the regs. You have to be actually fishing; line with bait in the water, which means you will also need to register in the free NJ Saltwater Registry program; see link below. SPP are aware of the poacher tricks and do ticket. The NJBBA members enjoy turning them in. And just do not get stuck out there; it is a very lonely place at 3am when the tide starts to rise AAA will not come and get you and local tow services charge hefty fee's.I think I will first get a cheap rod and tackle box in the event that I want to become a DEP beach guerilla.
The closures only affect beach driving and were implemented to prevent chick mortality. They are mandated by Federal law, not NJ. The early life cycle of these chicks have them staying close to the nest early on which is close to the dune line; parents feed them. As they grow they venture out and head toward the surf line for food. Vehicles leave deep ruts in the sand and the chicks fall into them and can't extricate themselves, become very easy snacks for gulls and other bad stuff, not a natural way to check out. They are very, very small with camo type feathers, virtually invisible. So there is valid reason to the perceived madness.I guess they figure fisherman will not be nature walking on the dunes, and hence no threat to the birds.
Don't get confused with the natural area of North Brigantine and the term 'park'. The beaches of IBSP are one of the last examples of undeveloped barrier beaches on the East coast; the north and south natural areas. There are some sections of the north natural area that does not allow any admittance. As German said it is a compromise probably based on their historic use for fishing. If all vehicles were allowed to drive on, there would be no place to swim or fish, as is often the case at South Brig.I appreciate the information, but just wondering if someone knows an actual reason for the policy.
Wharton has roads, the beach doesn't fit that category.What if Wharton was closed and only the PPA members were allowed to drive through it?