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Should Beach Tags be gone for good in the wake of Sandy??

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM
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NJ Lawmaker Says Hurricane Sandy Rebuild Should Mean The End of Beach Tags


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(Hurricane Sandy batters the beach at Cape May, NJ.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

(Hurricane Sandy batters the beach at Cape May, NJ. File photo by Tony Hanson)

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By David Madden

WASHINGTON, N.J. (CBS) — The recovery from Hurricane Sandy has renewed a debate along the South Jersey shore: the issue of beach tags.

Now, one New Jersey legislator is pushing to get rid of them entirely.

State senator Michael Doherty (R-Somerset) has been a longtime opponent of beach access fees, believing that some towns use them to restrict their beaches for the use of their homeowners, fulltime and seasonal.

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(NJ state sen. Michael Doherty. Photo provided)

Doherty (right) sees Sandy as an opportunity to get rid of the fees for good.

“Since the residents of New Jersey are going to be asked to invest a lot into the restoration of these shore communities, I think once we restore these communities we should have free beach access for all the people,” he tellsKYW Newsradio.

Doherty suggests that free beaches would boost tourism, and the money that now goes into a government coffer could easily wind up spent improving the local economy.

He says New Jersey is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to beach fees in America — and that needs to change.

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jerzeetomato
by Melissa on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I say yes - no NJ taxpayer should have to pay to get on the beach.  Discuss!

matofour
by Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Ugh! Yes get rid of them!
So ridiclious!
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TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM
I say HELL YESSSSS to this!

Quoting jerzeetomato:

I say yes - no NJ taxpayer should have to pay to get on the beach.  Discuss!

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erin708
by Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Get rid of them! That's usually what keeps me from going.
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lanys_mom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM
Yes.. I don't go cause of the fees and I love going to the beach.
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DylansMom1207
by Renee on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

 Get rid of them!!

Habibti812
by Joni on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I like this idea! Get rid of them!!

MommyntheBoys
by New Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:58 AM
Absolutely!
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wenchmommy381
by Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:11 AM
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While I agree that they are ridiculous, I don't think it's realistic to get rid of them. How are the beaches supposed to be restored if the towns can't recoup their expenses?

It's going to cost more to rent the same house we've been going to every year... why wouldn't the beaches do the same?

jerzeetomato
by Melissa on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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You don't find this offensive?  no other state in the country that has beaches requires beach tags to get on the beach.  They seem to be able to maintain them just fine without charging the local residents, who already pay state property taxes, a fee to use the beach.  

Quoting wenchmommy381:

While I agree that they are ridiculous, I don't think it's realistic to get rid of them. How are the beaches supposed to be restored if the towns can't recoup their expenses?

It's going to cost more to rent the same house we've been going to every year... why wouldn't the beaches do the same?


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