BEACHGOERS PLEASED WITH SEA BRIGHT DEAL

sea-bright-beach-1More beaches in Sea Bright will be open to the public thanks to a lawsuit settlement reached last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

More than three years of legal battling against the borough and private beach clubs has resulted in a win for the public, say local beachgoers.

They will be able to use more space in front of six private Sea Bright clubs as a result of a settlement in the state Superior Court last Wednesday. According to a prior agreement, the average visitor was only allowed to lay down a towel or chair within a 15-stretch along the waterline in front of the clubs. Now the space is 150 feet.

It may be hard to find anyone from the public who’s going to complain about that, considering the issue has long been a bone of contention within the borough.

“I’m all in favor for it,” said Maryanne Maletto, of Red Bank.

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A LITTLE FRIGID FUNDRAISING

To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If a couple hundred people call out sick from work or school this week, it could have something to do with Sea Bright.

Amid whipping winds that intensified the already freezing temperature on the tiny town’s beach, at least 500 people — many with questionable sanity — stripped down to their swimsuits and splashed into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Sunday afternoon.

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A BUNCH OF GALS WHO TRI, TRI, TRI

ocean-swimMembers of the Jersey Shore Tri Gals take to the ocean on a training swim Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

Twenty years ago, in the early days of the Danskin Triathlon, it used to take weeks or months for the event to get fully booked with participants.

This year, all 1,000 slots for the Sandy Hook edition of the swim-bike-run women’s series were filled in a matter of hours.

The event, and the clubs that feed racers into it, just keep growing, said Fair Haven’s Pam Mancuso, self-appointed “queen” and co-founder of the  Jersey Shore Tri Gals. The club, launched in 2004 with just four members, now has some 130, 65 of whom will be in the Danskin race.

“A couple of months ago, half these women wouldn’t even put a toe in the water,” Mancuso said of a group of about 18 women getting ready to join her on a training swim in rough surf at Sea Bright earlier this week. “Now, they’re attacking the water.”

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SEA BRIGHT CHARGES INTO SKIM BOARD FEST

sea-bright-skim-bash-2A competitor goes airborne in last year’s edition of the event, now in its sixth year.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Forget those end-of-summer blues this weekend. Sea Bright’s got some hot beach action lined up, weather forecast be damned.

Hundreds of spectators and competitors from around the country are expected to watch or participate in the sixth annual Sea Bright Skim Bash, a three-day type of fair at the borough beach.

The weekend is centered on the burgeoning sport of skimming, in which contestants run from shore into an incoming wave, mount a small version of a surfboard at the water’s edge and ride waves like traditional surfers.

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SUMMER MAY END ON SUNNY NOTE

sea-bright-sunriseSunrise over Sea Bright this morning, as seen from Chapel Beach Club. The cheeky message on the lifeguard stand is premature, at best. (Click to enlarge)

Let’s hope the weather forecasters have this one right.

They’re predicting one mild, sunshiney day after another as we head into the final week of unofficial summer. And after the soaking this region took this season, it seems well-earned, doesn’t it?

Here’s the day-by-day outlook from the National Weather Service:

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WHALE DOES ANOTHER SEA BRIGHT SWIM-BY

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Children in the surf at the borough’s public beach this morning.

For at least the third time in little more than a week, a whale was sighted off the beach at Sea Bright this morning, witnesses tell redbankgreen.

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WHALE MAKES SEA BRIGHT CAMEO

sb-whale-1The mammal came within 15 feet of the shore, witnesses said. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Smith)

A whale made a rare appearance in the Atlantic Ocean off Sea Bright near sunset Sunday, witnesses said.

The animal spent about half an hour within 50 feet of a north shore beach club, appearing listless and occasionally raising its tail out of the water, they said.

It got as close as 15 feet to the beach, said Stephen Smith, a Middletown resident who shot some photos.

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