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According to, officials have found high levels of bacteria, the kind that is usually found in animal or human waste, in the water of 47 Jersey coastal towns. If the levels remain high, the beaches will have to ban swimming on specified beaches.

Listen to Kathy Romano’s reasoning for a statewide swimming ban, “ewww, yucky”:

Beaches in question include:

  • Atlantic County:
    • Atlantic City: Dover Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Texas Avenue, Chelsea Avenue, Missouri Avenue, Illinois Avenue, Bartram Avenue, Albany Avenue, Kentucky Avenue
    • Maragate City: Clermont Avenue, Osborne Avenue, Gladstone Avenue
    • Ventnor City: Dorset Avenue, Washington Avenue, Austin Avenue, New Haven Avenue
  • Cape May County:
    • Cape May: Grant Street, Philadelphia Avenue, Queen Street North
    • Lower Township: Richmond Avenue
    • Wildwood: Montgomery Avenue, Bennett Avenue
    • Wildwood Crest: Jefferson Avenue, Miami Avenue, Orchid Road, Hollywood Avenue, Forget Me Not Road, Lavender Road
  • Monmouth County:
    • Deal: Hathaway Avenue, Phillips Avenue, Deal Casino,
    • Loch Arbour: Village Beach Club
    • Long Branch: Joline Avenue, Elberon Beach Club, South Bath Avenue, North Bath Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Ocean Beach Club,
    • Neptune (Ocean Grove): Broadway
    • Sea Girt: Neptune Place
    • Spring Lake: Brown Avenue South, York Avenue
  • Ocean County:
    • Brick: Windward Beach (River),
    • Pine Beach: East Beach Station Avenue (River)
    • Point Pleasant Borough: Maryland Avenue
    • Seaside Park: 5th Avenue (Bay)
    • Toms River: Shelter Cove (Bay)