Delaware you pay for access to the State Park. You can purchase a sticker for the year ($27.00), this allows you access to any of the state parks. The only place that has meters left, I think is Re-****. I guess it's true in the North East... you gotta pay to play!
well, do the math yourself. No other group of towns in the country have a favored attraction (the beach) located within a 4 hr driving distance of about 80 million people. If said people come to our towns from other towns in giant masses and thus force our towns to add services to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the town. If the out-of-town visitor could be just be trusted to just do a few simple things like not toss their trash all over, watch over their kids in the water, not drive fast, drunk or unsafely, then there would be no reason to charge. Until that day comes, you pay.You really think it costs $7 per person for beach access in order to pay for expenses... Come on.
as I wrote, do the math. Whatever someone who does not live in and pay property taxes to town with an ocean beach thinks the argument for beach badges "seems" shaky -- the math doesn't lie. Take data points like square mileage of beach, population density, population clusters, modes of transportation to the beach, etc. and you will find that NJ's beaches serve by far the most densely populated beachgoing public in the country.