Medical waste turns up on South Jersey beaches

Medical waste washed ashore in Avalon Friday morning, hampering the plans of some South Jersey residents to spend their Labor Day weekend on the beach.

More improperly disposed syringes were discovered on some beaches in Avalon and Ocean City earlier this week, prompting a ban on swimming on the north end.

Although the waste problem is some 80 miles away, some beachgoers in Monmouth County are concerned.

"That's kind of scary, [be]cause we're always in the water," says beachgoer Donna Flumerfelt.

Other bathers, however, are unfazed by the news of beach closings.

"I've been coming to Bradley Beach for years, so they're pretty good about everything," says Laura Urspruch. "All summer long, they rake the beach every day so if there was any evidence, we would have heard about it."

John Weber, of the Surf Rider Foundation, a non-profit organization that protects ocean beaches, says overall, the Jersey Shore is clean and open for business.

?What's happening in South Jersey seems to be an isolated incident," Weber says.

Weber adds it would take a strong wind to bring the medical waste up to Ocean and Monmouth counties, which is not in the forecast this Labor Day weekend.

Last Labor Day, Normandy Beach in Ocean County had to close due to medical waste in the water.

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