Frigid plunge calls to Brigantine's intrepid souls

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Polar bear plunge 2012

New Year’s Day will be a different kind of party for those strong-willed individuals who will take part in the 2013 Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge.

The weather forecast for that day shows a high of 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The last day of December is expected to have a high of 34 degrees – dropping to a bitter low of 19 for New Year’s Eve. However, the current water temperature is a relatively balmy 49, so it should be a good day for a swim. (Yeah, right.)

Island residents are known to be part of a close-knit group, and the recent visit from Sandy has only reinforced the sense of community. It will be interesting to see how participants will characterize the arrival of the New Year with their costumes and themes, with some acknowledging the Sandy experience.

In a big change this year, the event will be held in front of the Laguna Grill at the 14th Street beach. The plunge will take place at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a party at Laguna. Music will be provided by the Mott’s Creek Pickers.

As usual, there will be a competition with prizes for the most creative costumes. The event raises money for the Fisher House Foundation – a charity that serves wounded military members and their families.

The popular 2013 Polar Bear Plunge sweatshirts and T-shirts can be purchased Saturday and Sunday in front of Ace Hardware, or by calling Tricia Cosgrove at (267) 347-0179.

Come on, Brigantine, come out and show your best. It’s for a good cause and is a great way to start the New Year.

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