Water, Traffic Safety Concerns Prompt Proposed Bayfront Measure in Ship Bottom

Safety First: Ship Bottom officers are contemplating a measure to control the ferry-like atmosphere at its bayfront seashore and boat launch spots right after complaints about also a lot traffic from watercraft customers. (File Photo by Jack Reynolds)
The Ship Bottom Borough Council unanimously introduced an ordinance that, if approved, would regulate the boarding and disembarking of travellers from leisure watercraft in specified bayfront spots owned and preserved by the town.
“What is occurring is that the sandbar that’s out there, it is not in Ship Base, it’s in Manahawkin,” Mayor William Huelsenbeck explained in outlining the proposed measure through the council’s July 27 assembly. “People are coming and parking (at the boat ramp) and obtaining ferried back again and forth.”
As a end result, motorized boats are coming shut to the bathing beach front and the general public docks space, producing congestion and parking problems, according to Huelsenbeck.
The sandbar lies about midway among the land destinations of Ship Bottom and the Beach Haven West portion of Stafford Township, in Manahawkin Bay. By drinking water lines, it is in Manahawkin. It is a preferred location for boats to raft up, or tie jointly to socialize with every other. The bay area is also regarded as a favorite for other water-centered activities, this sort of as Jet Snowboarding and kayaking.
Ship Bottom’s bay seashore and boat ramp spot, positioned just off the Causeway and with parking spaces, are the closest community house to the sandbar, and therein lies the difficulty.
“We have boat trailers on the road due to the fact there are so lots of men and women parking there. That is not what people locations are for,” Huelsenbeck extra. “We have to defend the people.”
The proposed evaluate was released following the borough acquired several complaints about leisure h2o vessels finding up and dropping off passengers in the region of the boat ramp and bay seashore.
The borough has an ordinance on the books that prohibits any man or woman from mooring any vessel of any sort in the waterways adjacent to the shoreline from the south side of 12th Street and extending southward to the south facet of 16th Avenue and 130 toes out from the shore. There are also signs posted in the area.
The current measure also prohibits the mooring of water vessels at the 10th Street and Shore Avenue fishing pier as very well as the pavilion on 25th Road. Beneath the current ordinance, there is a rebuttable presumption that any boat or other drinking water vessel moored was put there by the proprietor.
Ship Bottom law enforcement or their designee, or the State Law enforcement, may well get any boat or watercraft to be towed at owner’s price, in accordance to the current borough code. A social media publish reminding recreational watercraft buyers about the existing ordinance established considerably of an outcry.
“It’s coming to a level when they are halting and bringing people today out there, in some cases 10 to 15 at a time,” Huelsenbeck reported. “It’s recreation and we’re not against the sandbar, but you can not clog our parts.”
Shore Avenue and the surrounding community are residential. The boat ramp and the bay seashore spot, which the mayor said are among the finest in the point out, are well known with all age groups. It’s the place the Thursday night summer live performance sequence is held as very well as various festivals.
Ordinance 2021-15, which would incorporate a section below the borough’s code for beach and bay area use rules, seems to ban the boarding or disembarking passengers “at any borough-owned dock, pier, breakwater, bulkhead or shoreline” beginning from the south aspect of Ninth Street and extending south to the south side of 16th Street, apart from when launching or retrieving a vessel permitted beneath other provisions of the chapter.
A community hearing on the proposed ordinance is slated for the council’s next assembly, on Aug. 24. The conference starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the municipal meeting room at borough hall, 1621 Extensive Beach Blvd.
— Gina G. Scala

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