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Senator Jim Holzapfel Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10)
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June 3, 2021
Senate Approves Holzapfel Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans

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Shore Municipalities Would Be Permitted to Waive the Fees

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and approved today by the Senate would allow shore towns to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans and their spouse and children.

United States military veterans would be eligible for free beach access in some New Jersey municipalities under Senator Jim Holzapfel’s legislation. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We want to welcome our veterans who were willing to risk their lives for our nation to our award-winning beaches,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “It is because of the dedication and commitment of our military men and women that we, as Americans, enjoy the freedoms we cherish.”

Currently, municipalities are permitted, by ordinance, to provide free or reduced-fee beach access to active military service members and their families. Holzapfel’s bill, S-1454, extends the courtesy to those who previously served in the armed forces.

“I have been pushing for this bill since 2015, and reintroduced it in every legislative session since,” said Holzapfel. “I am thankful the Senate supported this well-earned benefit for vets as an expression of our appreciation for their service.”

Assemblyman John Catalano and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (both R-10) sponsor the identical version of the bill, A-4870, in the Assembly.

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