just get to the beach before the badge checkers get there ussually around 9-10am
surf your session then leave soon as the sea breeze kicks in and craps out the surf no ones gonna search you out of the water for a badge.
i used to badge check up in lavallette....didnt surf at the time(started the summer after), but let surfers go on with no badges. now i wish some of those badge checkers would lighten up...dont they know were not using there beach and theres a rare chance we will need the service of a life guard, so what do they want us to pay for??..... also i heard somewhere that if you have a surfboard its considered a flotation device and they cant charge you.....not here but its prob true somewhere??
$6 per day on weekdays and $7 on weekends? Ouch! But then I guess the Sopranos do claim Jersey as their own.
I guess I shouldn't complain about having to pay $1.50 per hour to park in the inlet parking lot, which of course I don't do anyway. Here in OCM there is no beach fee, but they have added on 3% to motel rooms and restaurant dinners, so it's only the vacationers who use those that pay for the beach cleaning machines, guards, and a variety of city services, and the city isn't a piker on the beach cleaners, buses or boardwalk trams either. For $2.00 you can ride the bus as often as you want as far as you want for 24 hours, 6am, to 6am.
We complain about parking pay stations, but they only have them on the first 15 blocks of the boardwalk that roughly covers the first mile of the 2.2 mile boardwalk. If they gouge anyone, it most likely the people who want to put a memorial plaque on a boardwalk bench. It will cost you $1450, but it's a REALLY nice bench. What price ego?
I trust they will never resort to beach user fees, but then I suspect the 9 mile long length of the town helps, that and all the real estate that keeps changing hands. If the city did try to start charging for beach use it would likely drive visitors away and require that they hire an army of tag checkers to cover the 145 beach blocks in town.
The city keeps asking the county for more money for fire and paramedic services, but they haven't paid up yet. The state of Maryland, the county and the US Govt. help with the beach pumping when required, but for the most part the state doesn't support our guards, beach cleaning or other things, but they do send in some tandem buses for the summer months from Baltimore Transit. And did I mention our fire department is all volunteer? The city wants to go with paid firemen, but the volunteers are pretty dug in for the time being.
What made me think of asking the initial question was when I walked out onto the beach in Cape May to take a couple of photos. Only after I left the beach did I realize that I hadn't bought a beach tag. I guess the tag police didn't feel like walking across the beach to catch me. TBing, you're welcome to come south anytime; what's with all the posturing up there anyway?
I've surfed OCNJ for the last 18 years and have never been required and/or asked about a beach tag while surfing at the designated surfing beaches during guarded hours.
Considering it is a tourist economy and the tags are mostly for the people who come to the beach and treat it like their public trash can, I have no problem paying a few $$ to have it cleaned and dragged every morning.
You can get a tag for the entire season for $20, $15 if you buy it before the season.
It is easy to take the view of "paying to access a public beach" but I would look at it more as a service fee to keep the beaches clean. I'm sure if we had enough volunteers willing to clean the beaches we could eliminate the fee.
I'm not an apologist - just a rationalist. I've surfed these breaks enough to know that the majority of people have no respect for the beach and leave a lot behind.
Now - a bigger issue for me is "no dogs" on the beach regardless of time OR leash during the summer season. You can't even pay money to do it. Since my dog pre-dates the rule I consider her grandfathered in....