SEA BRIGHT: Anchorage Beach will no longer be free to access on the weekend during summer months.
The beach, located at 909 Ocean Avenue, just north of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, will be guarded this summer beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day. The Sea Bright Council made the action official during its April 21 meeting.
Those who access the beach between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays will be required to have either a daily or seasonal beach badge.
The parking area at Anchorage Beach will be limited to beach badge holders only on Saturday and Sunday when the beach is guarded.
Anchorage was previously a free beach used primarily by surfers and fisherman, but the council felt the additional revenue that could be generated this summer would be beneficial.
Beach badges currently cost $8 for the daily variety and $100 for a seasonal badge.
Residents at Tuesday's meeting expressed some disappointment that they did take advantage of the 1/2 price seasonal beach badge the borough offered throughout the winter months. Several said they would have done so if they knew that they would be required to have a badge to access Anchorage Beach.
Mayor Dina Long said she has heard the complaints and that the council would examine the issue but also said several people have already purchased beach badges at the full price.
Councilman John Lamia reported 2,400 preseason beach badges have been sold this year, an increase of 900 over last year's preseason total.