Free Beach Access Coming to the South Jersey Shore?

There was a request this week by New Jersey State Senator Mike Doherty to hear the possibility of a new law that would require free access to Jersey shore beaches that accept Federal Funds to rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  According to, there are only five beaches in New Jersey that currently allow visitors without beach tags – Atlantic City, Strathmere, Wildwood Crest, and North Hollywood.  Admission to others can range from $5 dollars a day to $15, however, season passes are available for most.

Dohrety believes that the beach tag system unfairly limits access to a now Federally Funded resource.  He was quoted as saying that the damage inflicted by the hurricane illustrates that point on an ‘unprecedented scale’.   He went on to say that he is currently drafting the legislation and that any proposed bill would also not allow for charging individuals to use  public bathrooms.

The articles noted that this would not effect the amount of Federal funds available to rebuild beaches and it was not meant as a deterrent to ocean-facing municipalities accepting Federal funds.

What do you think?

Do you think that it’s enough that New Jersey resident pay State and Federal taxes to fund the clean up following Hurricane Sandy?  Do you think the the decrease in revenue to counties and shore towns is good for those municipalities?  Many townships located in Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth counties, take in enough from the beach access revenue to enjoy surpluses in their budgets.  In recent years there has been quite a bit of flack about how the townships are allowed to spend those surpluses to benefit their residents.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.

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