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Some Strathmere Beach Entrances Closed for Nesting Birds

A baby piping plover waiting for its sibling to hatch.

By Camille Sailer

PETERSBURG – Municipal Engineer Paul Dietrich reminded Upper Township Committee and the public at the governing body’s July 11 meeting that, “It’s piping plover nesting season and in compliance with state and federal laws, Upper has closed a couple of beach entrances at the north end of Strathmere.”  

He noted that one of those entrances is an officially designated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sanctioned handicapped access.  

“We might need to curtail handicapped access at additional exits,” he said.  

“We also need to be mindful that no dogs are permitted on the beach even when leashed, which is in violation of law because it’s a big disturbance to the nesting birds,” he added.  

Mayor Curtis Corson requested that efforts be made to keep as many handicapped accessible beach entrances open as is permitted under regulations. 

 

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