I think we've been over this before. Just grab your board and run down the boardwalk like it's firing 100 yards down the beach and run right past the guard. If he/she says "Hey!, where's your badge?" just keep running and pretend you didn't hear. If he/she gets the rent-a-cop and he whistles you out of the water just play dumb and leave the beach only to re-enter two blocks down once the coast is clear.
Back in high school a buddy made some high photo quality copies of his mom's badge and laminated them with clear packing tape used a hole puncher for the holes and used a pin off an old badge to make it look official. We all had them but eventually the badge checker caught on that all of ours had the same serial number and she called in the rent-a-cops. They treated the situation like a class three felony and my buddy ended up in court paying fines and I think community service.
Littering fines are about as common as one armed surfers. Its like the cell phone law we have. People find ways around it, continue to do it, and even the cops are doing it. Laws mean nothing if they aren't enforced.
The worst is when there are receptacles on the beach and you see garbage thrown on the beach about 2 feet from the receptacles. Some people are just complete @ssholes.
that's new jersey for you.
beach badges are unconstitutional,and therefore un-American.
federal land use law.
in the 1950's wasps owned the houses and wanted to keep all non-wasps out.
so good old new jersey legislates that community beach 'associations' can be formed and 'buy' the beach and make it private.
so,they invented the beach badge.
only the owner of a house in the association could have them.
in 1960 my dad couldn't buy a house in ocean beach III because our name sounded italian,though he's anything but.
you could not go on my beach unless you rented a house from an owner like my dad,and if anyone rented to a black,jew,non-waspy family the entire community flipped out.
i remember seeing a black person on the beach when i was little and everyone was freaking out about it.
well,the italians came,but the badges stayed.
then some smart people fought the law in point,bay head, mantoloking,etc. and to the dismay and outrage of the homeowners,the law got bent so anyone could buy a badge,they didn't have to stay in an association member's house.
this is how it is today.
it's wrong and stupid.
i don't pay anything,nor do i buy a badge,but i'm not laying in the sun from 10-3 when they check for badges,70 days a year.
i live here,don't belong to the 'association,' don't need a lifeguard,and don't litter the beach.
if everyone looked out for each other and cared for the beach you would not need them.
the towns could pay the 'drop in a bucket' if they really needed guards and cleaning.
i was my own children's lifeguard,and would not trust them with the guards in the first place.
if no one bought a badge they would cease to exist.
if the homeowners blew off their ridiculous ego-driven 'association' headache,this sin called a beach badge would be no more.
it came from prejudicial bigot racist discrimination,and corrupt politicians.
that's new jersey for you.
yeah you are going to pay one way or the other. The lesser of the two evils, I feel, is the badge and I am within skate or bike riding distance. The worst feeling ever is walking up to your car to see the meter showing red and a ticket in your wiper. That's after shelling out over $10 to feed the meter all day. If the beach you go to makes you pay to park and sells badges, fuggetaboutit'
imagine that? If everyone who came to the beach just refused to buy the badges and disregard the badge checkers? The rent-a-cops would be overloaded and there would probly be some rioting... But if everyone agreed not to buy the badges what are they going to do write tickets for 3,000 people?