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The oceanside borough of Bradley Beach, New Jersey is in Monmouth County. It was named in honor of James Bradley, the developer of Bradley Beach as well as Asbury Park. In 1871, Bradley and his investor William Bradner bought 54 acres of land north of Avon-by-the-Sea in an area known locally as Ocean Park, which was part of Ocean Township, later to become part of Neptune Township. Local residents wanted very much to see Bradley Beach separated from Neptune Township, and a referendum vote was held to settle the matter. In the end, Bradley Beach was incorporated. By 1920, Bradley Beach was a popular and thriving resort with two swimming pools, several hundred changing rooms, and stores as well. Today, the year-round population is about 5,000, while the summer residents are closer to 30,000.

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