Here are the need to know summer safety rules in Monmouth County

Before you go out and do anything this week, this weekend, or any time in the summer in Monmouth County, be sure to read and follow these safety rules.

Beach Safety in Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore:

There was a tragic trend of drownings during the ladder part of the spring in pools, lakes and on beaches with many swimming without lifeguards present and/or after hours.

Officials everywhere have been pushing the awareness message and reminding everyone of safety precautions so everyone can have a happy and healthy summer.

It is important to listen to law enforcement and authorities for the well-being of all.

“Every year, unfortunately, we encounter this. This year it seems exacerbated by the more than 10 drownings we have had in the state of New Jersey – some on beaches, some inland and in the pool and a lake – – it’s unfortunate and we continue to get the message out every year, it’s important to our Jersey Shore residents and visitors with peak tourist season, especially as the weather starts breaking up in May, there are a lot of unsupervised beaches still,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden told Townsquare Media News. “It’s important that each of our residents and visitors know their surroundings and whether the beaches are guarded or not. We’re a very parochial state, we have a lot of local control which is great, however, all different local rules apply. Our best recommendation is that if it is an unsupervised beach, do not attempt to swim.”

If you are unsure of anything, including conditions when going to the beach, check with the staff lifeguards, even if you think you know, check again so you don’t get out in the water or a dangerous distance.

“Check with the lifeguards, that’s what they’re there for. You want to check the conditions – just the change in wind direction can change the conditions on the surf, so if you have a change in wind direction, you can have been in the water and doing pretty well and then all of a sudden there’s a change in wind direction and now the swell is a bit heavy or we have rip currents,” Golden said. “Lifeguards can detect them, so if you ask the lifeguards, they’ll steer you away from those rip currents.”

Drinking on the beach, pop-up parties on the Jersey Shore, drunk or drug-influenced behavior:

Many local towns have put ordinances on the books regarding what you can and cannot bring to the beach, particularly around alcohol, but they have also, along with county leaders, also reminded residents that smoking is not permitted on the beach or boardwalk which obviously includes marijuana.

“The one underlying thing that we want to get across, especially in the wake of the legalization of recreational marijuana, is that a lot of the beaches are smoke-free and there are a lot of boardwalks that are non- smokers, so you want to adhere to those smoking ordinances, because if they say ‘No Smoking’, that doesn’t just mean cigarettes, it also means marijuana,” Golden said.

In the wake of pop-up parties or pop-up parties planned for this year and for the past two years, local governing bodies and law enforcement have been on high alert to prevent these massive, illegal gatherings , disruptive and dangerous.

“We’ve seen large gatherings, also known as ‘pop-up parties’, I like to call them ‘flash mobs’ because when you inject alcohol and/or drugs and marijuana with bad behavior, it’s a crowd, it’s not like a pop-up party, it becomes a crowd scene,” Golden said. “We’ll continue to watch these flash parties as they unfold across the Jersey Shore. We’ve seen it over the past couple of years. Last year in Long Branch was probably worse than last year. last we had a few weeks ago at Long Branch I think we learned from some of them about how to position officers and how to expedite and certainly plan for these events Long Branch did the right thing here suing the organizers, civilly, and I think the county will too because if you create these invitations – and that’s a fine line, we want people to come down and have a good time on the Jersey Shore and be free to do whatever they want to do and enjoy our beaches and our walks and our businesses, however, when you send out flyers that say “bring your own beer, bring your own weed” and obviously it may there be fights to be had and all that – we’re not going to put up with that here at the Jersey Shore we have a very family and business oriented organization environment up and down Monmouth and county of ocean.”

Some fireworks, but certainly not all, are legal in New Jersey, so avoid what isn’t allowed and in some cases even what is.

“I use the simple statement – if it’s ok boom, don’t use it – and that’s true with New Jersey law, tapers are allowed and flickering candles, they’re also allowed, but anything that’s explosive is not allowed,” Golden said.

You can listen to the full conversation Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden had with myself and Dave Crossan on “Shore Time with Vin and Dave” on 94.3ThePoint and 105.7TheHawk on Sunday, by going here and listening to the full audio.

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