POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra didn’t want to be the mayor from Jaws who reopened the beach the prompted more shark attacks. Instead, he became the mayor like the one in Los Angeles who feared that coronavirus infected tourists would turn his town into a scene out of Zombieland. Now, after hiding out this weekend, away from the Freedom Rally that took place in his town on Monday, Kanitra is riding a different wave.
“Following the success of a very safe Memorial Day weekend, the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach is now ready to move forward with a broader reopening,” Kanitra said after emerging from his Memorial Day lockdown. “This morning, the Mayor, Chief of Police, Borough Administrator and Head of Public Works toured the entire boardwalk with business owners and their security personnel to make final decisions on the logistics needed for social distancing. At this meeting, it was determined that the proper pieces were in place for an opening of our boardwalk and northern beaches on Friday May 29th.”
“Opening up corridors only on the boardwalk was ultimately deemed to be counterproductive to public safety and therefore all barriers will be removed accordingly, he added.
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“Private businesses will be doing their part by providing social distancing ambassadors along the portions where they service customers. Hand sanitizing stations have been set up at every beach access point and signage will be going up shortly,” he said, finally allowing his town’s businesses to put people back to work and bring in much-needed revenue, regardless of being a day late and a few tens of thousands of dollars short.
Rides, games and amusements remain closed by order of the Governor. Restaurants will be open for takeout only. Parking restriction will allow for those dirty, infected out of towners to park in private and public lots, but the mayor still doesn’t want out-of-town ilk parking on his borough’s public streets.
To accommodate this opening, on Friday May 29th parking restrictions will be partially scaled back to allow for private and public lots to be opened. This will enable us to ensure everything is functioning safely before completely repealing all parking restrictions on Friday June 5th.
The inlet parking lot will be returned to normal operations effective Wednesday, May 27th. Guests must maintain a proper 6-foot distance at all times while fishing or conducting other activities, said the Phil Murphy protege.