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Sandbar a temporary hotspot for summer fun

Sep 24, 2012 06:10AM, Published by Community News Service, Categories: Community



by John Leaver

Every weekend when the tide is low at Bordentown Beach, the boats head out to the sandbar.

“Summer Dream” and “Serenity Now” are among the vessels that dock on the unofficial party island of Bordentown, located right off the shore past where the Route 295 overpass crosses the Delaware River.

The sandbar, a temporary strip of sand that appears during low tide, only stays around for a few hours. However, the boating veterans of the Delaware know exactly when to visit, and some have made it a tradition to spend weekends there.

Boaters of all ages and backgrounds anchor up on the large sandbar in the early afternoon. There are families with children, Bordentown Yacht club members, young adults, dog owners and more. Their activities also vary. Some play games while others relax, play music and enjoy drinks.

Nick Maraee from New Egypt puts the sandbar high on his list when describing what he enjoys about Bordentown Beach.

“It’s a good atmosphere. We all just come out here and dock our boats. Everybody is playing music … everyone is having a good time out in the sun. What more could you ask for?” said Maraee, who for the past year has been frequenting the sandbar about every other week.

Bordentown Beach is also a place where people from many different towns come together, including residents of Hamilton, Robbinsville, Chesterfield and more. Fred Swain lives in Bristol, Pa. and finds going to the sandbar more pleasurable than taking a trip to the Atlantic Ocean.

“I guess the biggest thing is the kids being able to come and play in the sand and not having to drive to all the way to the other side of New Jersey,” Swain said.

The space, which can be roughly the size of a football field depending on the conditions, also allows for pickup games of football, quoits and frisbee, among other activities.

“We bring bocce ball with us, draw a court and play in the sand,” Swain said.

The sandbar is only one of several attractions of the Bordentown Beach that helps make it a popular port. Tubers and jetskiers are also common sights off of the pier.

Grant Platz of Chesterfield prefers a water sport that gets him a bit more airborne.

“My favorite activity besides being at the sandbar would be coming out after work when the water is nice and flat, hitting the wakes and going wakeboarding,” he said.

Bordentown residents Greg Tonizini and Cal Kulicz said the sandbar is one of their favorite spots during the summer.

“We come down a couple times a weekend and have a good time. This is the warmest spot and can come out here whenever the tide comes out,” Tonzini said.

When the tide comes back, it comes quickly. The sandbar is covered up in a matter of minutes while boaters scramble to gather their things.

But that’s fine with them. There is always next weekend to look forward to.

Bordentown beach is located at the end of Park Street in Bordentown City, right next to the NJ Transit Riverline. A permit is required for boaters looking to use the Bordentown City boat ramp. For Bordentown residents, the annual and daily fees are $35 and $5, respectively.



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