POINT PLEASANT BEACH – After nearly three weeks, Jenkinson’s Pavilion reopened three gates for access to its beachfront, according to a Facebook post on Saturday by Mayor Paul Kanitra.
The private company, which owns the majority of the borough’s beachfront, reopened its main pavilion gate, its inlet pavilion gate and its Forman Avenue access point, according to Kanitra, who declined to comment further.
According to a Tuesday, Sept. 12 Facebook post by Kanitra, Jenkinson’s closed all its beaches and access points as a result of “a drowning in the off-season, and a subsequent lawsuit.”
As of Sunday, Oct. 1, Jenkinson’s website states that its beach is closed for the season. “There is absolutely no swimming allowed with the Lifeguards Off-Duty.”
The reopening of the gates to the beachfront came after the state Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to Jenkinson’s owner Frank Storino. The letter allowed Jenkinson’s to “voluntarily take corrective actions and to engage in discussions with the DEP.”
The letter said that the loss of access to the beachfront is a violation of state law.
Jenkinson’s did not respond to a request for comment.
Olivia Liu is a reporter covering transportation, Red Bank and western Monmouth County. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.