We are proud to announce that after a full year of fighting for the freedom of NJ boaters, with the help of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and Mayor Steve Acropolis of Brick Township, The F-Cove and adjacent T-Cove will re-open to NJ boaters effective Memorial Day Weekend! While we have all had to deal with the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, it with great pleasure I tell you that at least this, little piece of paradise is back and open for us to enjoy once again! Fish and Wildlife has agreed to share operation of the area with the State of NJ. While we believe that either through litigation or working with Fish and Wildlife would have gotten the coves re-opened anyway, we felt that the rules and regulations we would have had to accept would have been to excessive. We found a great partner in the State to accomplish this goal.
While we are excited for the future, we must be careful to protect these privileges. This agreement is a trial run, or pilot program if you will. There will be a few new restrictions that must be followed along with increased enforcement of existing rules and laws, that are available on this, Marine Trades, Fish and Wildlife sites and and will be posted at the Coves. It has been made crystal clear, if we cannot enjoy these coves in a more responsible and respectful manner, we will lose them again forever. We must self police along with the authorities. The littering and underage drinking problem will be addressed by increased patrols and enforcement. There will be some noise restrictions so there will be no more floating DJ barges, and blasting music through out the coves will not be tolerated, as per Refuge rules. A complete list of the new regulations is available here on this site.
This water is adjacent to a Wildlife Refuge, and the surrounding land and wildlife must be respected. People will not be permitted on the land except for the immediate shoreline by the water. Please remember, the refuge is not a bathroom or a garbage dump. Hopefully, in the future the surrounding land and trails can be officially opened and maintained for public use, but that possibility is still a couple years away. People, we are being given a second chance here. This kind of reversal almost never happens in this day and age. Government over reach seems to only get worse, not better. What we have accomplished is nothing short of a miracle. Let’s not screw this up. Don’t turn your head the other way when someone breaks these few, simple rules. Help preserve this wonderful escape for many generations to come.
Take the time to read the rules, and help keep the coves open. We all must do our part. A direct number to the Brick Police will be posted in the cove. Use it if you see someone abusing the area. Please continue to visit this site, as it will evolve in the future and continue to be an up to date way of checking the rules we must abide by. We will always be advocates for any government over reach on the water, and continue to monitor and assist on issues surrounding the coves. We would also be happy to publish your fun stories and photos! Feel free to say hi to us in the coves if you’ve been following us. We’ll be out there having a ball, while helping to spread the word on how to keep everyone happy and the coves open. Our boats are the “Refugee” and “Sweet Emotion”. See you Memorial Day Weekend back in the F-Cove! Special thanks to Will Peters for donating the domain name “thefcove.com” to the cause!
-Dan Friendly and Craig Thorner
(L to R) Craig Thorner, Will Peters, Dan Friendly