After receiving negative results on water quality tests, Seaside Heights has been forced to ban swimming at its beaches.

Mayor Vaz released a statement on the township's website stating while the beaches themselves will remain open, visitors will not be permitted to swim. As a form of condolence, the beach will be free today, and visitors will be given a coupon for free beach admission for another day this season.

Vaz said this was the first time in more than 20 years that the town has had to ban swimming.

Seaside Heights makes up 2 of the 12 beaches currently closed after testing by the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to the results posted to NJ Beaches.

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