Beach Spreading Now Illegal at Belmar Beach

Beach spreading was voted out by the borough county of Belmar, New Jersey.  Beach spreading has been increasingly popular and is like the beach version of man spreading, but don't get the two confused.

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Man spreading is the practice of men on public transport who spread their legs too far causing less room for fellow passengers to sit.  Beach spreading is only similar in that it is an act of encroachment on other people's ability to utilize space, except it's pertaining to beaches.

The term beach spreading was first coined by Philadelphia Inquirer's Amy Rosenberg, a journalist and reporter for the news outlet. Her definition of the term is the practice of hauling massive tents, furniture and gear to public beaches as to claim space for large groups.  She added that beach spreaders tend to bring all of the luxurious comforts from home onto the beach, from coolers and small pools to mobile fans and large music speakers.

The ban on beach spreading at the Jersey Shore town of Belmar states that large tents and canopies will be banned from the beginning of the summer 2018 season in order to cut down crowding at the frequented Monmouth County shoreline, a report says.

This summer, an increasing number of complaints came pouring in from the full spectrum of people who use the beach, both as public employees, merchants and beachgoers alike.

The mayor of Belmont, Matt Doherty, said that the trend of beachgoers bringing large tents and canopies to the beach became visibly noticeable around 2015 and complaints have increased exponentially the next year and only continue to increase.  He said the beach had come to look more like an unregulated tailgate party he is used to seeing at MetLife Stadium.

While he surge of beachgoers in highly populated areas is to be expected, the large city of tents and canopies end up obstructing ocean views, allowed for easy illegal alcohol consumption and increased the amount of litter, according to Doherty.

The new law has restrictions on the unnecessary tents and canopies, but it also allows tents used for children and babies exemption from the ordinance.

Belmar is not the first city in the northeast to enact such ordinances as they follow other shore towns like neighboring Seaside Heights and Long Beach Island.

Beach gear is readily available on most of the coast but sometimes their wares are just not enough, apparently.

Seaside Heights' Mayor Anthony Vaz said, "We had a guy last year bring in a coffin. I’m not lying, a wooden coffin with his food and his drinks and so forth. And we said, ‘No we can’t have that.'"

Don't forget - try not to man spread under your beach spread. You don't want to show people something extra.