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We just heard that the Spring Lake Borough Council banned weddings on the town’s beach and boardwalk starting November 1, due to congestion at the gazebos and walkways.
“The issue really was the boardwalk is so narrow and it is so overcrowded when they were having weddings at 12 p.m. or 2 p.m.,” borough administrator Bryan Dempsey told the Asbury Park Press.
The old policy didn’t require permits so anyone was able to use the boardwalk and gazebos at any time of day or season for weddings.
The gazebos on Washington and Newark avenues held about 30 people, Dempsey said. And overflow crowds from both the beach and weddings would back up on the boardwalk, clogging the walkway.
We wondered if they were going to require permits for weddings, but Dempsey said that “it was easier just not to do it.”
Well, that’s a big DISLIKE. Especially since we know Spring Lake is often a favorite beach ceremony destination for NJ brides. If you were planning to get married there after November 1, 2018, we suggest you send letters to Dempsey and the Spring Lake Borough Council, asking them to reconsider wedding permits.
Photo courtesy of historicinnsofspringlake.com.