Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Hamilton Township votes to open Cove beach in June
top story

Hamilton Township votes to open Cove beach in June

  • 0
Sunny sunrise Lake Lenape Hamilton winter

The Cove at Lake Lenape in Mays Landing.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Citing a need to provide some normalcy for residents, the Township Committee voted unanimously Monday to allow the Cove beach area to open for the season June 20.

“There will be greater expenses this year due to the state regulations,” township Administrator Arch Liston said. “We will need to upgrade the restrooms, have an employee stationed there and provide cleaning and sanitizing at least once an hour. We will also need to have a Class I police officer on hand to monitor the situation.”

Liston said the facility would be limited to 250 people per day where previously capacity was 450.

That led to a discussion about the fees for beach badges and the cost to taxpayers.

Last year, the cost of beach badges was $9 for a daily badge and $15 for a season pass. Children under 11 were free. After much discussion, the decision to offer daily badges, seasonal badges or both was postponed until the June 1 meeting.

Support Local Journalism

Your subscription makes our reporting possible.

Liston projected an expense of $99,000 for the season due to a $40,000 estimate of costs related to COVID-19 regulations, although it may be able to be pared down to $90,000.

“Last year’s revenue was $31,000,” he said. “Normally the Cove operates at about a $20,000 loss.”

“While I hate to see the taxpayers foot the bill for this, I believe it will help to restore a sense of normalcy,” Mayor Art Schenker said. “This is an opportunity to do something useful. And perhaps township residents who never visited the Cove will do so instead of traveling to the shore areas that may be overcrowded.”

The township is expected to advertise for beach personnel, with successful candidates to be on the June 1 agenda for hiring.

The governing body also agreed to stage a scaled-down Memorial Day service in Memorial Park on Monday.

“We have a Memorial Day service every year, but this year is unique,” Committeeman and veteran Rodney Guishard said.

Schenker suggested he would lay a wreath in the park and recommended that a veteran or current service member provide a brief speech to be recorded and posted on the township website.

Get local news delivered to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

The best local coverage, unlimited

Sign up for a digital subscription to The Press of Atlantic City now and take advantage of a great offer.


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


Breaking News