There are probably some with red faces today not because they’re embarrassed over something but rather a bit of a sunburn.

The first weekend in May gave us a truly spectacular Saturday and a wonderful second-half of the day on Sunday and it seemed like everyone was outside.

Many spent the weekend working in their yards but likely just as many headed outside to take advantage of the best weekend we’ve had since maybe February.  While most boardwalks and beaches remained closed there were no shortage of walkers, joggers and bikers just about everywhere else including just reopened municipal, county and state parks.

Most parks tried to limit access to 50% of what their normal capacity is and locally it seemed like for the most part things worked out okay.  Barnegat Lighthouse State Park was among those that reached capacity rather quickly Saturday with officials suggesting that park visitors throughout the state should only be staying for a couple of hours for passive recreation purposes partly because restrooms and concessions are not open.

Meanwhile Lake Horicon Park in Lakehurst opened and then closed on Saturday because large crowds started gathering in what is a relatively small area owned by the borough.  While its beach, playground and picnic area were closed it was open for walkers, joggers, bikers and those who wanted to go canoeing but before long a couple of large groups made any hope of social distancing impossible and later in the day it was closed until further notice.

Speculation is that towns like Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Lavallette and Point Pleasant Beach could make announcements this week regarding their closed beaches and boardwalks.  With Memorial Day weekend approaching many want to know if and when things will reopen and especially those who operate businesses that depend on the summer months.

This after the popular Osprey Nightclub in Manasquan announced over the weekend they will not be opening at all this summer due to the expected reduction in capacity and social distancing restrictions.

The Osprey, which is only opened on weekends in the summer, insists they will return in 2021 for their 75th anniversary despite social media rumors that it could be knocked down with condos built on the site.


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