Special ribbon cutting and other fanfare planned
The beach season will begin May 23 for Manasquan, as borough officials plan a special ribbon-cutting and other fanfare to mark the beach and boardwalk reopening. Councilman Michael W. Mangan said the event is still being planned, but a ribbon-cutting will be held May 23, possibly around the Brielle Road intersection, to kick off the tourist season. Mangan said it's important to have an opening ceremony for the beach season each year but particularly this year after Hurricane Sandy. The borough and its tourism commission is also planning a party afterward at Leggett's Bar on First Avenue, with limited tickets available for $15. Mangan said more information on ticket sales would eventually be available on the borough website.
Some residents concerned that restrictions were lifted too soon
Manasquan officials made the decision to open access to the areas east of the bridges to the beach in an attempt to restore normalcy to the borough, although some residents are concerned that the decision may have been made too soon. Office of Emergency Management Director Dave Kircher, police Chief Elliott Correia, Administrator Joe DeIorio and others spoke about the decision to lift the restrictions that have been in place since superstorm Sandy battered the beachfront more than a month ago during the governing body's work session Monday night. "The area has been made safe," Kircher said. Eight National Guardsmen continue to patrol the beachfront while curfews remain in place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., at least for this week. Several …