Township of Long Beach, NJ
Ocean County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Adopted 8-2-1974 as § 4-8 of the 1974 Code]
A. 
Each operator shall be required to obtain a permit to operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle on the strand or ocean beach. Application for the permit shall be made to the Chief of Police, who may require from the applicant complete information as to his or her ability and competence to operate a motor vehicle in an area in a safe and prudent manner so as not to endanger the lives and safety of others using the beach. The information shall include the applicant's age, driving record and experience.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
B. 
The operator's permit is required to be in physical possession of the operator at all times while the vehicle is being operated on the beach.
C. 
Permits shall not be transferable.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
D. 
Requests for replacement decals must be accompanied by a paid receipt and "old" decal, regardless of its condition.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
A. 
Every person desiring to operate a four-wheel-drive motor vehicle on the strand or ocean beach of this Township shall first register the same with the Chief of Police.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
B. 
The person registering any vehicle shall be issued a special plate or other identifying insignia serially numbered for identification purposes and to be displayed in a conspicuous place on the vehicle while being operated on the strand or beach. The registration shall be issued only to vehicles having four-wheel drive, of the type known as "beach buggy" or "jeep," which vehicle shall be registered and licensed to be operated on the highways of the United States and so equipped as to be capable of passing the motor vehicle inspection requirements of the State of New Jersey. No permit shall be issued to any vehicle which is designed or equipped for sleeping or living purposes, commonly referred to as "campers," "camp trailers," "camper buses" or "trucks with camper bodies."
[Amended 2-24-1978 by Ord. No. 78-5C; 1-16-1981 by Ord. No. 81-3C; 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
A. 
The applicant shall pay to the Police Department a nonrefundable registration fee of $50 at the time of filing the application for an annual permit or a fee of $25 which will be applicable for the term of the Striped Bass Derby. The vehicle registration shall expire on December 31 in the year in which it was written.
B. 
Violators of the Code regarding motor vehicles on beaches may have permit privileges suspended without a refund.
The following shall apply.
A. 
No vehicle (except municipal, state or federal vehicles) shall be operated on the strand or beachfront from May 16 to September 15, except that portion thereof lying south of that northerly boundary of the Holgate Unit of the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge as designated allowable by the federal authorities.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C; 3-7-2016 by Ord. No. 16-01C]
B. 
No vehicle shall be operated on the strand or beachfront at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.
C. 
No vehicle shall be operated on the sand dunes, and all vehicles shall obtain access to the beachfront from the public streets only at places specifically designated by the Police Department, as follows:
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
Holgate
Nelson Avenue
Washington Avenue
Holgate Beach, Wildlife Refuge entrance via end of boulevard (closed April 15 to August 15)
Scott Drive
Twp From Ship Bottom – Beach Haven
31st Street
87th Street
46th Street
106th Street
46th Street
106th Street
66th Street
34th Street (BHG)
79th Street
15th Street (NBH)
North Beach
25th Street
Tract 1065 (behind tennis courts)
Loveladies
Coast Road
D. 
All vehicles shall be required to maintain a reasonable distance from congested bathing beaches or other areas where bathers, surf fishermen or others using the beach are present.
E. 
No rubbish, debris or litter of any sort shall be discarded from any vehicle while being operated on the beachfront.
F. 
Vehicles are allowed access in permitted areas 24 hours each day, but no vehicle shall be operated on the beachfront at night without adequate lights.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
G. 
Every vehicle being operated on the beach shall be operated in a safe, reasonable and careful manner at all times so as not to endanger the lives and safety of other persons using the beachfront.
H. 
The Township of Long Beach specifically reserves the right to close the access to the wildlife sanctuary known as the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge when the Township deems maintenance is required and/or any other emergency arises with respect to the access route to the wildlife preserve.
[Added 1-16-1981 by Ord. No. 81-3C]
I. 
Vehicles shall maintain or have readily available emergency equipment such as, but not limited to, a First Aid Kit, shovel, tow chain or equivalent, road flares, Coast Guard or ICC-approved fire extinguisher, jack with a large support board (minimum 12 inches by 12 inches), flashlight, spare tire.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
J. 
No vehicle shall be left unattended. The driver must stay within close proximity to his/her vehicle while fishing, etc.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
[Added 7-18-1997 by Ord. No. 97-16C]
A violation of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty.