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    Thumbs down Beach Badges

    Anyone pay for a badge?Just found out my beach is charging $90 for a season pass this summer.Usually I sneak in an early session without buying a badge and the guards leave me alone.Kind of sad when alot of other beaches in other states don't even charge you for a badge.

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    heh?

    please forgive my ignorance, but what the f#$% is a beach badge?

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    most beaches let you on free with a surfboard..... i never pay for the beach **** that..im there all year round i refuse to pay.. let the bennys pay

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    so...

    so you have to pay to go in the ocean? wtf?! can't believe i didn't know about this. civil disobedience man, f that noise. seriously that's some hammer and sickle bullsh!t. i'm getting pissed just thinking about it lol. i'm guessing this is a jersey thing (never surfed up there)? sorry you guys gotta deal with that. what would they do if you just told 'em to f@#$ off? just curious. lifeguards are bad enough, this is just crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by live aloha View Post
    so you have to pay to go in the ocean? wtf?! can't believe i didn't know about this. civil disobedience man, f that noise. seriously that's some hammer and sickle bullsh!t. i'm getting pissed just thinking about it lol. i'm guessing this is a jersey thing (never surfed up there)? sorry you guys gotta deal with that. what would they do if you just told 'em to f@#$ off? just curious. lifeguards are bad enough, this is just crazy.
    you can be arrested in many (most) towns for belligerent non-compliance. it's a law, unfortunately. luckily, the law only applies to the section of the beach west of the mean high-tide line. below that is public land & they can't charge you to be there, nor can they require you to have a badge to access that portion of public lands. it belongs to everyone. (the sad drawback of this is that the hitler youth badge checkers don't know this...i have seen them chase people into the water to check for a badge).
    while tags are required after age 12 in ocnj, i have never once bought a beach tag in my life. i see this ending either this summer or in subsequent seasons, tho. having summers mostly off now, i am spending significantly more time on the beach than in previous years. taking a stand just isn't worth the attendant hassle anymore. i go to the beach to relax & read a book, not argue w/ 12 year olds. that's what the internet is for.

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    Well said

    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    i go to the beach to relax & read a book, not argue w/ 12 year olds. that's what the internet is for.
    Well put sir! I guess you're right about the 'it's not worth it" part, but it still irks me. That one glorious year in NorCal spoiled me. No lifeguards. No rules. But if you screw up, you're on your own...kinda the way it should be in my dream world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodVibes View Post
    Anyone pay for a badge?Just found out my beach is charging $90 for a season pass this summer.Usually I sneak in an early session without buying a badge and the guards leave me alone.Kind of sad when alot of other beaches in other states don't even charge you for a badge.
    I see you're from Monmouth County. Well don't be alarmed, Bradley Beach has been dealing with this since the 1920's.

    From Wikipedia- "It was the first location in the United States to charge sea bathers for beach access when it minted its own tin badges in the 1920s."

    $90 is a bit much though. I believe in my town it's $33 for a beach badge if you buy it in the winter (for the upcoming summer). yea, it's annoying, but it's money going toward cleaning up the town after the bennies leave on labor day.

    imho charging $8 for a sandwich at Starbucks or $50 for parking for an hour is way more criminal than $50 for a full season of beach access. go figure

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    It's against my religion to pay to get on the beach. How can you privatize the ocean? The northeast is one massive prison with entirely too many laws and taxes. In North Carolina, beaches are non-jettied, beautiful and free to the public. New York and New Jersey are a nightmare in the summer and it's sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKH76 View Post
    It's against my religion to pay to get on the beach. How can you privatize the ocean? The northeast is one massive prison with entirely too many laws and taxes. In North Carolina, beaches are non-jettied, beautiful and free to the public. New York and New Jersey are a nightmare in the summer and it's sad.
    DKH76 ur dead on. I don't understand why I should have to pay for a place that is a natural area. How can someone come in and say this beach is ours. It is a public area that was there before any development was. Now yes I know there has to be some way to pay for cleanup and other things... but there has to be a better way then telling people they have to pay to come onto what should be public land. My point being that they are proposing a hike in beach badge prices to compensate for Sandy. I believe that if you live along the beach you acknowledge the risk you are living in a place that SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN DEVELOPED. Why should I have to pay more to help you recover? Especially when I hear that in some communities the things meant to help such as dunes were actually SHOT DOWN by the community... You chose to place your house on a parcel of land who's definition is essentially an area meant to keep water from flooding the mainland... these barrier islands are constantly moving and shifting. I understand people want to live along the beach and it is a great place but you also have to realize where you live. I don't believe that I should have to pay to be on a piece of land that should have been left alone from the very beginning. These areas should have been left as natural habitats and never developed. They could have been national parks or things of that nature but never should have been developed. Just my thoughts.

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    The majority of homes that flooded in NY are not on barrier islands. The bay flooded entire neighborhoods. I understand what you're saying about homes on the beach. But that's not where the most damage is (in New York anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by lefty1703 View Post
    DKH76 ur dead on. I don't understand why I should have to pay for a place that is a natural area. How can someone come in and say this beach is ours. It is a public area that was there before any development was. Now yes I know there has to be some way to pay for cleanup and other things... but there has to be a better way then telling people they have to pay to come onto what should be public land. My point being that they are proposing a hike in beach badge prices to compensate for Sandy. I believe that if you live along the beach you acknowledge the risk you are living in a place that SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN DEVELOPED. Why should I have to pay more to help you recover? Especially when I hear that in some communities the things meant to help such as dunes were actually SHOT DOWN by the community... You chose to place your house on a parcel of land who's definition is essentially an area meant to keep water from flooding the mainland... these barrier islands are constantly moving and shifting. I understand people want to live along the beach and it is a great place but you also have to realize where you live. I don't believe that I should have to pay to be on a piece of land that should have been left alone from the very beginning. These areas should have been left as natural habitats and never developed. They could have been national parks or things of that nature but never should have been developed. Just my thoughts.