One of the joys of spending the day at a Jersey Shore beach is watching the sunset while noshing on some food. Before you head out to the beach, though, make sure you bring your beach badge with you. Remember, you only need one badge for either Ventnor or Margate. Longport requires a completely separate badge. Earlier this month, I told you all about barbecuing at the beach in Longport. This time, let’s talk about your Ventnor Beach BBQ.
Before Your Next Ventnor Beach BBQ…
What Type of Grills Are Allowed?
Longport beaches allow charcoal briquettes and refuse propane usage. Ventnor is the complete opposite. They allow only propane grills on the beach. However, no tank larger than 20 lbs allowed. Why? Charcoal briquettes stay hot for a long time. Even if you bury them, they can be a safety hazard to bare feet. Throw them away before they completely go out and you might start a fire. Thus, propane grills only, please.
As of July 4th, Ventnor beachgoers may barbecue on the beach between 10 am and 6 pm. The governor still strongly encourages social distancing (maintain a six foot distance from anyone you don’t live with). Arrive early to claim your piece of the beach. These hours remain in place every day until Labor Day (September 7th). Please remember to pick up all of your trash and take it with you when you leave. If receptacles at the beach are full, bring it home with you and dispose of it there. Let’s keep our beaches clean and safe for everybody to use.
Enclosed tents provide a fire and safety hazard. However, City officials allow pop-up tents. Keep these tents to no larger than 10’x10′ in size.
Some Safety Tips
Keep these important safety tips in mind when barbecuing at the beach (or anywhere else). Never leave your grill unattended. Make sure it is clean and open to the elements for safe cooking. (No enclosed spaces.) Keep your grill level. Children should stay at least three feet away from the grill. In case of fire, keep baking soda handy. Water causes grease to splatter, spreading the fire. Baking soda puts it out. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times. When at the beach, fill up a bucket with sand and keep it close by just in case you need it to shut down a fire as well.
Follow these tips before heading out for a BBQ at the beach this summer. Have fun and stay safe.