After weeks of shutdown, Ventnor beaches are NOW OPEN. You can now walk, run, exercise, and even take your leashed dog on the beaches of Ventnor.
But don’t even think about going in the water. No sunbathing either. No sitting in chairs or on towels. No organized sports. No groups of people. And especially… no surfing.
No surfing? wtf. A protest was planned for Sunday, May 10 at Jackson Ave. For now, that’s been postponed. “Protest Paddle” was set up by a local group called ‘Ocean Access Warriors’. Protesters were going to participate in a 1.5 mile paddle.
Ventnor surfers not happy. No proof that surfing spreads COVID-19.
Lauren P: If I was a surfer I would just surf. Not too sure anyone controls the ocean. If you can walk the beach, you can surf.
Ventnor City Hall has suspended many outdoor activities to discourage travel to Ventnor. NJ Governor Murphy allows municipalities like Margate & Ventnor to use their own judgment about local affairs.
Ventnor Mayor Beth Holtzman says: Pickleball, tennis, volleyball, playgrounds & baseball will have to wait a good bit longer before opening.
- No Kayaking
- No Paddle-boarding
- No Fishing
- No Sailing
- No Fun.
NO ACCESS TO BOARDWALK OTHER THAN CROSSING TO THE BEACH
Ventnor’s plan: Make coming to town as unattractive as possible, for the time being.
Ventnor Police Chief Biagi and Fire Chief Cahill provide input to the 3 commissioners on a regular basis.
Ventnor’s plan is to slowly reduce restrictions. But how slow is slow?
VENTNOR PLAN: Restrict activities that normally draw residents and guests to Ventnor. The 3 commissioners have decided that it’s best to try and reduce the summer population density of Ventnor. Good luck with that.
Ventnor Police Chief Biagi is hoping Ventnor will start to reopen by Memorial Day. So far, Ventnor City Hall providing very little guidance on how that 4th of July weekend will pan out.
Small businesses, especially Ventnor restaurants, will just have to suffer a little longer.
Small business, especially restaurants, depend on warmer months. Not enough locals to keep our eateries alive throughout the off-season.
City Hall actively discouraging people from traveling to Ventnor.
VIDEO > Ventnor Keeps Boardwalk & Beach OPEN. March 26.
Glenn Klotz: The Ventnor beach didn’t need to be closed in the first place. It’s a wide open public park with a sea breeze. Keeping the boardwalk and beach closed is what’s called “security theater”. It’s so local authorities can claim they’re protecting you. The boardwalk is actually safer than most streets where you’re more likely to be hit by a car. Studies show sea breeze and sunlight are free of virus. The Ventnor Boardwalk is 20 ft. wide. A sidewalk is less than 6 ft. wide. Being outside is far safer than being inside a building with possibly infected people. The smaller the space, the worse the ventilation, the more dangerous. The boardwalk is the opposite. Wide open, windy and sun-lit. Keeping it closed served no purpose.
Joe A. Most businesses will go under if they don’t open soon. The “shoobies “ you ridicule come into town and spend lot’s of money. Ventnor business districts can’t survive without a summer.
Margaret B. A ‘shoobie’ is someone who helped me pay bills for last 50 years. Hope they all come back????♀️ I also think the term has a negativity to it and should not be used.
Natalie S. I saw that the Farmer’s Market will be able to operate in Ventnor. I’m glad to hear that, but I don’t understand how congregating in a congested parking lot to shop is permissible, but gathering on a wide, open beach or swimming / recreating in the water, is not. There’s no uniform logic being applied here.
Ralph B. What could possibly be the logic in banning sitting in a beach chair? Illogical can breed contempt for the rest of the regulations.
SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENT: No data to support transmission of virus on the beach. Stop fear mongering. A sunny beach is a disinfectant! Strong dispersion effects of wind, high humidity, strong absorption effects of sand and destabilizing effect of salt water. The sunny beach has to be considered one of the safest places to go. Certainly safer than homes, where most transmissions occur.
Not sure why radio radical, Harry Hurley, continues attacking Team Holtzman, Landgraf & Kriebel. Maybe he needs to boost his sagging radio ratings? Maybe all three refused to kiss his ring? Hurley says this about the Ventnor surfing ban: This is exactly what you get when you have entrenched politicians, who are running unopposed. They have made some ridiculous decisions. If they had a challenge in this Tuesday’s election, you’d be surfing the waves “legally.” Instead, they feel safe and comfortable to do this. First, they closed the boardwalk, beach and ocean. Now, the beach is open and the boardwalk and ocean are still closed.
Note: Hurley is a supporter of Atlantic City Mayor, Marty Small (arrested 14 times). Hurley also fawns over inept Atlantic City Board of Education, who recently sent a million dollar tuition bill to Ventnor.
Short term rental ban scheduled to be lifted MAY 15. Each town can decide if they’re going to follow that recommendation.
In other Jersey shore towns….
Wildwood Crest reopened its basketball and tennis courts.
Wildwood and North Wildwood allowing people to sit on beach, read, and lay on a blanket
Atlantic City never blocked their beach & boardwalk.