Horrified. Sickened. Furious. Does that cover it? This week I posted about over 100 needles washing up on our Monmouth County Beaches now there is more medical waste on at least five Ocean County beaches. Those beaches were just closed just a few hours ago. Here is what we know:

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The state Department of Environmental Protection reported closures in Point Pleasant Beach, Mantoloking, the Normandy Beach section of Brick and in the Ocean Beach 2 section of Toms River.

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The NJbeaches.org website reported the following beaches as closed:

  • In Point Pleasant Beach, the Maryland Avenue beach.
  • In Mantoloking, the beaches at Princeton Avenue and Lyman Street.
  • In Brick, 7th Avenue in the Normandy Beach section.
  • In Toms River, East Tuna Way in the Ocean Beach 2 area.

Commenters on the Jersey Shore Hurricane News post said two other nearby beaches were closed as well.  This is absolutely out of control. First a pandemic and now this being done to our beaches?!?  Small businesses really need a lifeline and we need to hold who is doing this responsible. At first it was talk of storms churning up waste (overflows, in addition to wind direction and tides, bringing the needles onto the beaches) but COME ON, I'm not a professional environmentalist, but this many needles is not a coincidence in my opinion, it was a decision made by sickos to dump.  Again, that is just my opinion.

The closures come days after similar problems effected my personal favorite beach area of Long Branch and Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park.  They were closed this past Sunday as a result of the used syringes found there.  Read more here. I'm praying for this to get resolved. We'll keep you posted.

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