One New Jersey politician wants to see taxpayers receive the benefits of restoration to state beaches after Hurricane Sandy - free of charge.
According to NJtoday.net, State Senator Michael Doherty is drafting a bill that would require any shore communities who accept state or federal funding to restore their beaches to provide their public visitors with free access and free use of restrooms.
Most beaches in New Jersey require beach tags to access the area. According to NJ.com, federal park Sandy Hook charges $15 per carload, while Spring Lake and Avon cost $9 for adults.
“I’ve long believed that the state’s beach tag system unfairly limits access to a public resource which has been the beneficiary of a great deal of state and federal investment,” Doherty said, according to SenateNJ.com. “The Jersey Shore is a state treasure and an important economic engine, but it is a resource that belongs to all of us and is maintained by the taxes that all of us pay.”
Sea Isle City’s website reports that the community has turned their 2013 beach tags into a “must have” holiday gift. The Holiday Gift Beach Tags, valid for the entire 2013 summer season, can be used as a commemorative tree ornament, and can be purchased at City Hall for $20.