MANASQUAN, NJ – You have to ask yourself when is this madness going to end, but the answer is probably not anytime soon. Today, the shore town of Manasquan has had enough of people driving to the town to park along the Manasquan inlet to watch the water pass by. It’s something the town usually begs people to do, but now, you can’t even drive your car to the parking lot and sit in it and watch.
“The inlet parking on Riverside Drive has been closed due to the congestion of vehicles and patrons during COVID-19. There are many signs, traffic cones, and barriers on Riverside Drive instructing you that there is NO PARKING. The inlet walkway is also still closed,” the borough said. “The beach walk has remained closed until further notice. The beach will stay open but please practice social distancing while involved in an outdoor activity. There are no dogs allowed on the beach as of April 15th and it is clearly posted at every entrance to the beach.”
On the bright side, if you can find a legal place to park in Manaquan, the beach is still open.
If other beach towns didn’t have such restrictions, crowds would not have gathered in Manasquan which is one of the last bastions of beach freedom at the Jersey Shore.
Here’s what the town said:
Throughout town you will also see multiple parking lots with signs and barricades in the entrances and exits. Just because your vehicle may be able to fit around the barrier does not mean the parking lot is open. We have to keep a small opening to every parking lot incase first responders must respond to a call. Please, help us and keep out of any parking lots you see with signs, cones, or barriers.
The parks will also remain closed until further notice. All parks including Mac’s Pond and the bike path. Most people have done a great job following the executive orders from Governor Murphy and the closures made by Manasquan Boro. We ask everyone with warmer days approaching to please continue to follow these orders and closures for they are key to limit exposure to not only first responders but all residents of Manasquan.
We are looking forward to the days Manasquan can return to the way we all know and love but until then, stay home and stay safe. Please call Manasquan Boro Police Department at 732-223-1000 ext 0 if you have any questions.