Andrew L. Chambarry, C. O. B. R. A., I spoke with Chris Dodds today (Seaside Borough Administrator). For what it's worth, he certified that this Ordinance is not directed at fisherman. He said that a fisherman has never been ticketed or stopped trying to access the beach at night and this Ordinance will not be used to do that. Actually, they already have a 10 PM restriction on the books, and that is not enforced against average beachgoers or fishermen. He said this restriction is used only for unruly crowds after the bars let out. Seemed like a nice guy - just passing along this information.
I do understand however, that the black letter of these ordinances are not right. Towns should not have laws on the books if they are not going to be enforced. There is always the possibility that an ordinance can be enforced on any given day. Must keep an eye on laws like this.
The Borough Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 2017-11 at a public meeting held on April 19th. The ordinance amends Chapter 33 of the Borough Code, entitled ?Beaches. ? Responding to complaints received from guests and residents, Borough Council adopted the ordinance modifying beach operating hours; regulating the use of tents and food storage devices on the beach; limiting the size of coolers; prohibiting e-cigarettes; and prohibiting feeding seagulls, dogs, cats and foxes. However, Borough Council will introduce amendments at the next Council meeting scheduled for May 3rd that will address some of the comments received from numerous persons and organizations. The amendments will include: 1) permitting canopy style sun shades 12' x 12' or less without side walls (rather than 10' x 10' or less) ; clarifying that operating hours Monday through Thursday are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (not 6:00 p.m.); deleting the restriction from remaining on the bay beaches after 9:00 p.m.; and clarifying that people actively engaged in sport fishing are permitted on the beach after operating hours.