“The place for fun in the sun” is no longer open for business. F-Cove, which for decades has been known as the place where party-enthused boaters congregate, in no longer open to the public.
The popular summer hot spot in recent years has developed into a place for partying, boat-hopping, drinking and loud music. The hot spot got its name since it is dug out in the shape of the letter 'F.' F-Cove is located just north of the Mantoloking Bridge, west of the ICW channel.
In early April, the famed spot was closed down for recreation use by the federal government. Numerous signs have been posted at the site which warns boaters against accessing the site. Additionally, anchored, floating barrels physically prevent boats from entering F-Cove.
The explanation: "It is a national wildlife refuge," Virginia Rettig, manager of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, told Brick Patch. "Any activity that we permit there has to be tied to the needs and requirements of wildlife before they can be tied to what we need to do to recreate."
According to Brick Patch, the first talks about closing F-Cove to recreational boaters came in 2009, when the Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans to physically prevent boats from accessing the site. Federal officials also at the time favored partially filling in the lagoons.
The cove is part of the Edwyn B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, a string of open space stretching from Brick to the northern part of Atlantic County. No final decisions have been made regarding public access to the site this time around, Rettig said. The signs simply mark the refuge boundaries. There has been no determination made as to how the access ban will be enforced, she said.
Source: Brick Patch
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