I'm answering for Belmar, NJ
They are for about 9-10a, until 3:30 - 4p is the times they usually check. If I go after work I get there at about 4:15p, no need for a badge.
Originally Posted by MDSurfer
Yes if you get a season badge, no if you get a daily. I have 2 season badges. Cost about $60, i think they are about $100 for non-locals. I'm pretty sure most locals pay more than $60, but my gma has lived in Belmar for 60 years, she gets me the badges (I give her the money for them).
Is there a discount for locals?
If you are carrying a surf board or a bodyboard with legit gear, if you get there later in the day, or on bigger days, I've walked right past without showing my badge.
Do surfers have to buy and wear them as well?
Not sure, I think its like $7 or $8 though
What's the rate, and who checks for them?
If you show up before the checkers get there, you don't need them. Ticketable? No, Arrestable, well if you run past a checker I'm sure they can charge you with trespassing or whatever. But you are obviously going out of your way to get on the beach free even though its not "free" time. Its basically stealing.
Is it a ticketable offense to not have one, or do you get arrested?
Guards, checkers, police enforcement, clean up, dredging, excess goes back to the town.
What do they use the money for, because I've not seen any beach cleaning machines up there?
What would you need your ID for?
"Gee Officer, I didn't bring my ID because I'm going in the water!" Are there any excuses that actually work?