After spending most of my staycation on the beach last week, it became apparent that some need a helpful reminder of a simple thing called, beach etiquette. With several weeks left of the summer season, it's a great time for a refresher course! 

In a 2015 article by Jersey Shore In Motion, they mention a few key items to keep in mind the next time you claim a spot on one of our beautiful South Jersey beaches.

  • 1

    Don't Sit on Top of Someone...Seriously. Not cool.

    This has to be my number one pet peeve on the sand. I understand the beach gets awfully crowded, but when there's space in between for God's sake use it! Especially when you have a party of more than 10 people.

  • 2

    Mind Your Children

    I'm amazed at how many unsupervised children I see by the water on a daily basis. Yes, we know there are lifeguards on duty, but they aren't there to babysit.

  • 3

    Beware of Drifting Spray (Sunscreen)

    This one got me into the so-called, "dog house" with my wife. My sunscreen mist went all over her lunch last week. Oops!

    You may also get complaints from people in front and in back of you, especially on windy days. So please be aware of your surroundings.

  • 4

    Pass on Feeding the Seagulls

    This one may sound like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised at how many people drop food for them. On purpose!

    FYI: You can now get fined up to $500 if you feed the seagulls in Ocean City.

  • 5

    Beware of the Flying Umbrella

    Make sure your umbrella is safely secured at all times. This could really create a dangerous situation especially if there's children around.

  • 6

    Please Don't Smoke

    Nothing will ruin the beach atmosphere then having to deal with breathing in smoke from a cigarette or a smelly cigar.  Gov. Christie agreed to prohibit smoking at state-owned parks and beaches this past week.

  • 7

    Please Don't Litter

    Trash cans are there for a reason. There's nothing worse than seeing wrappers and empty bags flying around the beach.