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We are continuing our simultaneous countdowns of the Top-10 Most Read Jersey Shore News Stories and Most Watched Jersey Shore News Stories of 2020.

Here is the 4th most read article followed by the 4th most watched video on our social media platforms of Facebook and YouTube across 92.7 WOBM, 94.3ThePoint, 105.7TheHawk, the new Beach 104.1 FM and the Shore Sports Network.

4th Most Read Article...Ocean County Towns begin opening beaches for the summer. (34,059 page views), Story Date: May 7, 2020.

Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

Even though there was a pandemic this year, the normal preparations for opening beaches and boardwalks were still in the mix, so it makes this countdown list.

While restrictions were gradually being lifted at this point during the pandemic, towns across Ocean County were determining the best and safest ways to open up beaches and boardwalks.

In Point Pleasant Beach, Mayor Paul Kanitra told 9.27 WOBM that his plans were to open their Maryland Avenue beach and the beach associations coming north from there on May 15 at which point they would discuss the opening of short term vacation rentals and add in parking restrictions as they won't have Class 1 and 2 police officers until after Memorial Day so resources will be limited.

Kanitra's hope was to open all the beaches by the 4th of July weekend for residents and tourists with safety being a top priority during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In Toms River, which includes the section of Ortley Beach, Mayor Maurice "Mo" Hill told 92.7 WOBM News at that point they planned to open up their beach that Saturday for residents but will wait for the neighboring towns to open their boardwalks and then follow suit.

Hill said he was confident that residents would abide by social distancing regulations on the beach.

Lavallette and Seaside Park opened up their beaches at that point while Bay Head was discussing their approach with neighboring Point Pleasant Beach and Mantoloking. Seaside Heights remained closed at that point and Harvey Cedars was open.

Brick Mayor John Ducey announced that week that Brick Beach I, Brick Beach II and Brick Beach III are open but the parking lot for BB III is closed due to a previously scheduled project.

4th Most Watched Video...Ask The Chief with Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain. (6,724 Video Views), Show Date: January 24, 2020.

On the third episode of Townsquare Media Jersey Shore News' 'Ask The Chief' Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain joined us following a rumored threat inside of the Brackman Middle School in January of 2020 to discuss that incident as well as addressing social media rumors and why police only disclose certain information at a time.

Our 'Ask The Chief' show is special digital video series you can watch on our website, Facebook page and FREE Mobile App and it's where Police Chiefs from Monmouth and Ocean Counties join me for a discussion on current events, safety procedures, community programs, the state of police in today's society and much more.

Check back here on our website and app for #3 in our countdown of the Top-10 Most Read Jersey Shore News Articles and Most Watched Jersey Shore News Videos of 2020.

Top-10 Recap:

6th Most Watched Video...Light Up The Night For Stephanie Parze.


You can follow Vin Ebenau on Twitter and Instagram and email news tips to vin.ebenau@townsquaremedia.com.

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