Ventnor FAQ's

Ventnor Frequently Asked Questions

All Seasonal beach badges are $15.

Weekly badges are $10.

Margate and neighboring Ventnor have a reciprocal relationship, so Margate’s tags are good in Ventnor and vice versa.

You may purchase beach badges during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at Ventnor City Hall (6201 Atlantic Ave.) or from a beach tag checker, or at the Ventnor Fishing Pier.

Lifeguard hours:

Lifeguards are on duty 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The City of Ventnor Beach BBQs for 2017.  

BBQs will now be permitted:

Every Saturday and Sunday from July 1 to September 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Ventnor Fishing Pier is staffed 7 days per week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in season.

The Ventnor City fishing pier, located at Cambridge Avenue and the Boardwalk, measures 1000 feet and is the longest of the state’s ocean fishing piers. Open 24 hours/day for fishing and sightseeing. Fishing is permitted only past the locked gate. Pier is staffed from mid-April thru September from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The pier boasts benches, cleaning tables, and lighting for night time fishing.


The city of Ventnor has long enjoyed having an iconic pier grace its shores. At least three piers have previously existed; the first pier was built around 1914, but was replaced by a larger pavilion. Fire destroyed the second pier in August of 1940, after which a third pier was built to replace the damaged one. That pier was destroyed in a storm in March, 1963. The current pier underwent a nine-month $3.2 million renovation project in 2007, and reopened on July 4, 2008.

Ventnor City Fishing Pier
For issues after 4 p.m., please call the Ventnor City police department non-emergency number at (609) 822-2101

Accepting Cash and Checks during Pier Office Hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Yearly Membership Costs:

$175 per year 

$150 per year (Senior Citizens Ages 62+)

$50 per year (Kids Ages 10-17)

For Spectators with a Key:

$50 per person per year

Weekly Membership Costs:

$50 per week 

$25 per week  (Senior Citizens Ages 62+)

$15 per week (Kids Ages 10-17)

Daily Membership Costs:

$10 per day

$5 per day (Senior Citizens Ages 62+)

$5 per day (Kids Ages 10-17)

Daily Walk-On (Non-Fishing Fee)

$5 per day for individuals ages 10+

At all times when accessing and using the fishing pier, every member/key holder of the Ventnor City Fishing Pier must have in his/her possession the official Ventnor City photo identification and key issued to him/her by the Ventnor City Pier Master. The identification must be on the person visible at all times while on the pier. Individuals without identification are subject to being removed from the pier and fined.

Individuals who have purchased a weekly or daily membership shall be prohibited from using or accessing the pier at any time other than during the hours of operation. Furthermore, no individual with a weekly or daily membership shall be issued a key or a photo identification card.

Beach rules:

Surfing is allowed next to the fishing pier at Cornwall Avenue during daylight hours.

Alcohol, picnics and ball playing are not allowed on the beach or boardwalk during the summer.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 through Sept. 30 and are never allowed on the boardwalk.

Dogs are allowed on the beach between 7 and 9p in the summer.

Kayaking is allowed during daylight hours at the beaches next to Princeton Avenue and between Surrey and Suffolk avenues.

Keep up with all the DUNE news HERE. 

It will take two months to finish Margate. Ventnor dune building will start in late August, as the dredge from the Atlantic City inlet works its way south to Ventnor.

Expect substantial disruption of beach access and elevated levels of bacteria in the surf during this time.

Longport beach work starts in early September, but some Longport revetment / jetty rock work is going on now.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will work 24 hours a day and block off four blocks of Margate’s beach at a time, reported.

Ventnor will get 100-foot wide beaches and dunes of nearly 13 – 14 feet above sea level. Some dunes will grow higher over time. Views from boardwalk will be substantially diminished.

More than 3.5 million cubic yards of sand will be dredged from approved borrow areas and pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will manage all construction and is funding 100% of the cost of initial construction in Longport, Margate and the dune in southern Ventnor.

USACE is funding 65% of the costs for the periodic nourishment and ancillary work within Atlantic City and Ventnor City.

Ventnor will pay $450,000 for replenishment of current dunes. Ventnor will need to borrow / bond in order to pay this cost.

In Ventnor, Margate and Longport, the dune elevation will be approx 13-14 feet high….with many areas seeing height of dunes growing much higher over time.

Where is the sand coming from? Will it match the color and grain size of the existing sand? The sand will be excavated /strip-mined from two borrow areas – one is offshore of Atlantic City and the other is located within Absecon Inlet.

Doesn’t the project erode after construction? We expect Mother Nature to erode some of the berm in the first year, which is why we build a post-construction template much wider than the designed template. The project includes scheduled regular “periodic nourishment” every 3 years to add more sand onto the beach. Local towns will be required to share in those costs, whether replenishment is needed or not.

Is the project noisy?
Beachfill operations require ground equipment (bulldozers and other construction equipment) to move pipes and grade the sand into the template. Residents and visitors in the immediate area are likely to hear different aspects of the operation such as trucks moving and back up alarms going off. However, work does progress along the island and the noise dissipates.

What if I feel vibrations? Will this cause damage?
Residents and visitors may feel some vibrations near the construction site at different times. Our contractor uses vibration monitoring seismographs to ensure that vibrations remain below the prescribed threshold that could cause
any structural damage within homes.

Who is paying for the project?
The federal government will be paying 100 percent of the costs of work in Margate and Longport. The periodic nourishment of Atlantic City and Ventnor is cost-shared (65% federal and 35 % non-federal).

ADA-accessible beaches are available at Suffolk and Newport avenues, and the Beach Patrol has beach wheelchairs (call 609-823-7948).

As a courtesy to our visitors, Margate offers the following list of places of worship in the surrounding area.

Blessed Sacrament Church
609-822-7105 • 11 N Kenyon Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

Margate Community Church
609-822-7147 • 8900 Ventnor Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

Margate Trinity Methodist Church
609-823-5683 • 9500 Ventnor Ave, Margate City , NJ 08402

Beth El Synagogue
609-823-2725 • 500 N Jerome Ave, PO Box 3133, Margate City, NJ 08402

Temple Emeth Shalom
609-822-4343 • 8501 Ventnor Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

Chabad House
609-822-8500 • 8223 Fulton Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

609-822-9797 • 8223 Fulton Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

Young Israel of Margate
609-823-3630 • 8401 Ventnor Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

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Does the City of Ventnor allow dogs on the boardwalk and beaches?
Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk, but, dogs are allowed on the beaches between October 1 and May 15 in the area of the beach washed daily by the high tide.

From July 1 to Labor Day, bicycles are permitted to operate from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Bikes on Boardwalk OK during daylight hours, Monday through Friday.

Register your bike with Ventnor PD, in case of it being lost or stolen.

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