Beach restrictions limit dogs and vehicles

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Brigantine Police Department - Submitted by Lt. Jim Bennett

Dogs on the beaches: From Ordinance No. 105-1: No person shall permit or allow any dog on the public beaches in the City of Brigantine between 14th Street North and the southwestern-most point of the City of Brigantine beach May 30-Sept. 30.

Alcohol Prohibited: From Ordinance No. 105-19: Consuming alcoholic beverages on the public beaches is prohibited. Summonses have been issued.

4x4 permit required: It shall be unlawful to operate an automobile, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle on the beaches within the City of Brigantine without proper permits affixed to rearview mirrors.

Boat and trailer parking: From Ordinance No. 284-33: Between May 2 and Sept. 30 it is unlawful for any person to park a boat or trailer for more than 48 consecutive hours unless the boat owner or operator owns or leases the property the boat or trailer is parked in front of, except for marinas.

Front beach restrictions

As the result of an agreement the city entered into with the state and federal government, there will be no dogs, vehicles or kites allowed on the Front Beach from Bramble Drive to Sandy Lane. There is currently fencing in place on the beach to protect the nesting areas. Please be mindful of the areas marked off as you travel the beaches.

Revere Boulevard violations

The Brigantine Police Department is continuing rigorous enforcement of speeding and stop sign violations on Revere Boulevard, due to the increased traffic from the construction on Bayshore Avenue. Officers are assigned to monitor the area on a random basis and will strictly enforce all speed and traffic laws. Slow down and obey the stop signs.

Lafayette Boulevard speeding

Complaints continue to come in regarding speeders along Lafayette Boulevard. Much like Revere Boulevard, officers will randomly run radar speed checks.

Craigslist scams continue

The Brigantine Police Department continues to receive calls regarding rental scams on Craigslist. Please remind friends and family that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. They usually have text in the ad that offers a very cheap price and that the ad owner is a missionary or has recently relocated to West Africa or Nigeria and is unable to be called on the phone or met for details on the property. Deal with licensed real estate professionals or a reliable, trustworthy friend/family member when renting a property.

Traffic notices

Construction continues on Bayshore Avenue. Traffic detours change as the pavers make their way northbound. Be aware of changing patterns. Be aware of ongoing construction repair in the area of Roosevelt Boulevard from Bayshore to Sheridan. Watch for children and slow down as you approach the intersection of West Shore and Lafayette. Although the stop sign is down, the speed limit is still 25mph.

Phone numbers you may need and working with the police

What number do I call? Call 9-1-1 if it is a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress.

Call (609) 266-7414 if it is not a life threatening emergency, you need an officer, and to report suspicious activity. You would also call this number to file a police report.

Call 266-7414 for general information or questions about the Brigantine Police Department.

What do I need to tell them when I call?

What happened, when did it happen, where did it happen, who did it. Give a suspect and/or vehicle description, if you have one. Suspect: race/sex, clothing worn, height/weight, hair color/style/length, other identifying marks/traits. Vehicle: color, make/model/year, license plate number, direction of travel and other identifying features.

Do I have to give my name, address or phone number? No; however, it is helpful to have that information in case we need to re-contact you for additional information.

Will the officer stop and talk to me? Not unless you specifically request it. If you want to speak with the officer, tell the dispatcher when you call in. Many times the dispatcher will ask if you want the officer to stop by and speak with you.

Reminder for motorist and pedestrians

Effective April 2010, the pedestrian crosswalk laws in New Jersey changed. There is increased responsibility on both drivers and pedestrians in order to make everyone safer. Please read and take note of the following excerpt from NJ 39:3-46 traffic statute: The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

Pedestrians must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.

Be bike smart

Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety assists county, municipal and law enforcement agencies with education, public awareness and enforcement of the bicycle helmet law and other bicycle safety issues.

Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles.

Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage

Brigantine Police Blotter

For the week ending May 30, the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 470 calls for service, including 90 motor vehicle stops with 37 summonses issued, seven traffic accidents. Officers also issued 12 alcohol on beach summonses, five no-4x4 permit summonses and two k-9 on beach summonses.

On May 23, a 24-year-old Brigantine man was arrested on an outstanding warrant by Detective Ward.

On May 24, a 33-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested on outstanding warrants by Officer O’Donoghue.

On May 25, a 30-year-old Brigantine man was arrested on outstanding warrants by Officer Newcomer.

On May 25, a 38-year-old Brigantine man was arrested on outstanding warrants by Officer Ferris.

On May 30, Bradford Giosa, 28, of West Berlin was arrested and charged with simple assault by Officer Brown.

As a follow up to a May 7 report of theft of city property, Thomas Recchione, 32, of Somers Point and Michael Giglio, 24, of Brigantine, were charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing city trash cans, handicap signs and metal posts. It is alleged that the pair stole six city owned metal trash cans, several handicap signs along with several other metal items, which they were going to sell for scrap. The pair were seen by a city employee, Emil Hibian, as they attempted to leave the island. Hibian called his supervisor and police and the pair were stopped on the Atlantic City side of the bridge.

On May 24, as a result of an ongoing investigation, Detective Ward charged Bryan Brown, 30, from Newfield, with two counts of burglary and one count of theft. Brown had been involved in the burglaries that occurred in the 600 block of West Shore Drive on April 27.

All persons listed are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As a reminder, anyone with information on a crime or wishing to report a crime can anonymously contact the Brigantine Police Department (609) 266-7414 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-658-8477.

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