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    Question for Jerseyites

    So with the mandatory beach tags, do they only apply during guarded hours, or all times of the day?
    Is there a discount for locals?
    Do surfers have to buy and wear them as well?
    What's the rate, and who checks for them?
    Is it a ticketable offense to not have one, or do you get arrested?
    What do they use the money for, because I've not seen any beach cleaning machines up there?
    "Gee Officer, I didn't bring my ID because I'm going in the water!" Are there any excuses that actually work?

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    the badges are only in affect from 9am-4pm. you can get on the beach free anytime not on those hours. We have badge checkers on each walk in on the beach. They ask you to see your badge and you proceed. and everyone has to buy them..locals..surfers...bennys..its all about the money baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDSurfer View Post
    So with the mandatory beach tags, do they only apply during guarded hours, or all times of the day?
    Is there a discount for locals?
    Do surfers have to buy and wear them as well?
    What's the rate, and who checks for them?
    Is it a ticketable offense to not have one, or do you get arrested?
    What do they use the money for, because I've not seen any beach cleaning machines up there?
    "Gee Officer, I didn't bring my ID because I'm going in the water!" Are there any excuses that actually work?
    Considering I work Beach Patrol at Manasquan, that is my job to make sure you have them.

    Yes, they are only needed for guarded hours. No discount for locals. Surfers have to have them. Daily tickets are $6 weekdays and $7 weekends/holidays at Manasquan. Yes it is a ticket-able offense, but we come up to you first and unless you give us a hard time, you won't get one. If you get pissy and start cussing we'll call a cop for you Then you'll have to pay, and then probably get kicked off the beach. I recommend just paying to begin with.

    Lastly, unlike other states, New Jersey Government does not give the towns a budget for the beach. That means that the lifeguards and beach crew (people who pick up trash) would not get paid, so each town has to make its own budget (selling beach badges and requiring them to get onto the beaches). Different towns run different rates, and some towns do not require them (Towns that can afford the budget without tourist profit)


    Edit: GoinRetro: Personally me and the badgecheckers make sure they have badges more than just normal looking tourists.
    Last edited by tbing; Aug 6, 2008 at 04:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbing View Post
    Considering I work Beach Patrol at Manasquan, that is my job to make sure you have them.

    Yes, they are only needed for guarded hours. No discount for locals. Surfers have to have them. Daily tickets are $6 weekdays and $7 weekends/holidays at Manasquan. Yes it is a ticket-able offense, but we come up to you first and unless you give us a hard time, you won't get one. If you get pissy and start cussing we'll call a cop for you Then you'll have to pay, and then probably get kicked off the beach. I recommend just paying to begin with.

    Lastly, unlike other states, New Jersey Government does not give the towns a budget for the beach. That means that the lifeguards and beach crew (people who pick up trash) would not get paid, so each town has to make its own budget (selling beach badges and requiring them to get onto the beaches). Different towns run different rates, and some towns do not require them (Towns that can afford the budget without tourist profit)


    Edit: GoinRetro: Personally me and the badgecheckers make sure they have badges more than just normal looking tourists.

    I can't believe locals and tourist alike need to pay to go to a "public" beach. The city, county, or any governmental official should be embarrassed about charging people to go to the beach. I am sure there is more than enough tax revenue or general consumerism to pay the salaries of the "public" employees. If not, then that particular municipality should have an outside auditor take a look at the books and see who is lining their pockets.

    This just my opinion and this is what I would say if you came up to me at my local beach, of which I paid taxes to live in that area, and demanded to see a beach badge. The cops would definately have to come and I would have to file a civil suit against the city to get the restriction lifted.


    RIDICULOUS!!!!

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    Last edited by SkySurfnSnow; Jan 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkySurfnSnow View Post
    I can't believe locals and tourist alike need to pay to go to a "public" beach. The city, county, or any governmental official should be embarrassed about charging people to go to the beach. I am sure there is more than enough tax revenue or general consumerism to pay the salaries of the "public" employees. If not, then that particular municipality should have an outside auditor take a look at the books and see who is lining their pockets.

    This just my opinion and this is what I would say if you came up to me at my local beach, of which I paid taxes to live in that area, and demanded to see a beach badge. The cops would definately have to come and I would have to file a civil suit against the city to get the restriction lifted.


    RIDICULOUS!!!!
    Yay! Seriously, Manasquan is about a square mile. The ONLY thing in that town is the beach and houses. The only type of profit comes from tourism in the summer. How the hell would they be able to pay salaries for 50 people for the entire summer. Oh wait, yeah, they could just not have lifeguards, and not clean garbage off the beach, then it would probably look like NYC cause thats the trash that comes there. The 50 people do not include the badge checkers and other people who work there because they have to make sure they make money. 50 is just the lifeguards and crew.

    If you wanna complain, take it to NJ Government and ***** all you want at them.

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    Our lovely City does NOT require surfers with boards to pay for a tag. If you're carrying a board (or a kayak or a kon tiki boat), you get on the beach for free dollars.

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    'Swim at you own risk" signs are much cheaper than guards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    'Swim at you own risk" signs are much cheaper than guards.

    hell yeah, where I surf the badge guys don't give a **** if your going on the beach simply to get to the water. Providing access to the water is my right and if some kook working beach patrol told me to pay, I'd tell him to go **** himself. Another reason why summer sucks in NJ, hope this winter is as good as last

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbing View Post
    Yay! Seriously, Manasquan is about a square mile. The ONLY thing in that town is the beach and houses. The only type of profit comes from tourism in the summer. How the hell would they be able to pay salaries for 50 people for the entire summer. Oh wait, yeah, they could just not have lifeguards, and not clean garbage off the beach, then it would probably look like NYC cause thats the trash that comes there. The 50 people do not include the badge checkers and other people who work there because they have to make sure they make money. 50 is just the lifeguards and crew.

    If you wanna complain, take it to NJ Government and ***** all you want at them.
    Yoooo ook I finally had to sign in due to the nonsense I've been reading. . . 50 salaries??? Shut up dude. . . You are sooo naive and don't have a clue what you're talking about. . . You obviously don't pay taxes nor own a home because otherwise you would know that Manasquan is a part of Monmouth County. . . So if you did your homework you would know the tax dollars come form the county to pay the lifeguards not the individual town. . . Hence why New Jersey has the ONLY strip of beach (from Sandy Hook down to Cape May) that you have to PAY to get on the beach in the ENTIRE U.S.!!! and yes we have the MOST corrupt system in Jersey and I'm tired of the finds paying to park when I'm a local and pay taxes alll year long. . . F*** Jersey. . . I love the people I know but the winter suits and the government can eat a D***. . . I'm heading south for warmer water and free beach accesss WITH lifeguards. . . Because other states know whats up. . . Wait till you can't afford to live here when you move out of mommies house ***got!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xnoonelikesyoux View Post
    I'm heading south for warmer water and free beach accesss

    Amen....So am i man...in a few years i'm taking off to FL for good. Let the Island hopping begin!