Shore Municipalities Would Be Permitted to Waive the Fees
Legislation sponsored by the 10th District lawmakers that would give shore towns the option to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans and their spouse and children was approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Military veterans and their families could be granted free beach access under legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano. (Wikimedia Commons)
The panel unanimously passed the bill, A-4870, sponsored by Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, and Senator Jim Holzapfel’s identical bill, S-1454.
“We want to welcome our veterans who were willing to risk their lives for our freedoms to our award-winning beaches,” said Holzapfel, who has been fighting for the bill since 2015. “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. The 10th District bill extends the courtesy to those who previously served in the armed forces.
“These men and women have proudly served their country, often at great cost to themselves and their families,” McGuckin said. “This really is a courtesy thanking those who have given so much.”
During the Summer 2021 season, daily adult beach badges ranged from $5 in Long Branch and Barnegat Light to $12 in Lavallette and Avon-by-the-Sea. Those prices exclude parking fees.
“Those who served our country shouldn’t have to think twice about driving to the shore with their families,” Catalano said. “When military members are serving, their spouses and children make sacrifices as well. They should be free to enjoy our New Jersey beaches.”
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