The Labor Day Weekend crush of guests led to a Jersey Shore beach turning away beachgoers by midday Saturday.
Park management closed the gates at Island Beach State Park around noon.
Park officials told NBC10 that they were forced to close the gates of after all 1,800 parking spaces at the Ocean County beach became occupied. At that point, management considers the beach to be at full capacity.
On the public beach’s website, park management warns of potential closures warning for people to get to the beach early – the gates opened at 7 a.m. Saturday.
“This is a fairly common occurrence during summer weekends and holidays so be sure to plan accordingly,” reads the website.
The beach charges $10 for New Jersey residents and $20 for other visitors per car during the Labor Day Weekend.