Jersey Shore businesses brace for slow, rainy day

Those wanting to end their weekend on the Jersey Shore are getting an unwelcome round of wet weather.

News 12 Staff

Aug 16, 2020, 1:55 PM

Updated 1,342 days ago

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Those wanting to end their weekend on the Jersey Shore are getting an unwelcome round of wet weather.

Strong winds were also felt off the ocean Sunday as post-tropical cyclone Kyle stayed hundreds of miles northeast of the Atlantic Ocean.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Monmouth and Ocean counties with up to one foot of inundation expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. Dangerous rip currents are also expected.

The rain is also bad news for beach businesses who rely on good weather days to make up for the capacity restrictions they are under due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Asbury Park Beach Safety Supervisor Joe Bongiovanni says their beach is at about a third of their capacity to ensure all guests are safe.

"We think we have enough space on our beach for people to come down here, have a good time and still stay socially distant," Bongiovanni says.
He says the rain hurts restaurants near the beaches because of restrictions to outdoor dining,

"This is of course what everybody here is afraid of," says Tim McLoone's Supper Club owner Tim McLoone. "We've had this magnificent weather that allowed the outdoor dining, which is an advantage of ours because our municipalities and all of our places really stepped up."

McLoone says even since outdoor dining began, business has still been down about 30%.

However, Bongiovanni says the soggy weather doesn't hurt as much as it would in other years.

Bongiovanni says because of the restrictions, the beach sees about as many visitors on weekdays as they do on the weekend. During a normal summer he says weekends would have about 8-10 times more people.

Beach safety leaders say they expect Monday to be a rough day for the shore, but the weather is expected to improve as the week progresses.
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