Nine Miles of Jersey Shore Beaches Closed after Medical Waste Washes Ashore
Beaches in five Ocean County, New Jersey beaches were closed today by the Long Beach Island Health Department after medical waste began washing up on beaches in Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedards, Barnegat Light and Beach Haven.
The beaches were closed as of 12:30 pm Saturday by LBI Health Department Director, Tim Hilferty. Hilferty said the medical waste was accompanied by eel grass, plastics, wood, timber and miscellaneous floating trash.
The beaches are all located at the northern end of Long Beach Island. Hilferty suspects the waste could have originated from sewer systems from inner shorelines of New York and New Jersey harbor areas.