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Price of Beach Badges To Rise as a Result of Hurricane Sandy

May 10, 2013 by admin

By Robyn Karabin

     After Hurricane Sandy, many parts of New Jersey’s shoreline were destroyed and left in ruins.  With the help of FEMA, The Robin Hood Foundation, and the endless support of locals, many beaches are pushing to re-open by the summer season.

     While everyone is looking forward to getting back on the beach, many are concerned about a spike in badge prices to compensate for lost money.  Some beaches keeping their prices the same are Belmar and Avon, while Seaside raises theirs during the summer months.

     In Seaside Heights, one of the hardest hit areas, there is a subtle increase in costs.  This summer, daily badges will be raised to $6 as opposed to last year’s $5.  For seasonal badges, the price jumps from last year’s $45 to $50.

     “It sounds unfair, but they need to make up for lost revenue somewhere,” said Robert Reiss, an 18-year-old criminal justice major from Brick.  

     Although prices did go up, Seaside is aware of the financial difficulties locals are facing.  Until May 14, seasonal badges are on presale for $30 whereas last year they were $35.  This gives locals and those affected a chance to buy passes at not only a presale rate but also at a discounted rate from last year.  

     “I feel like they should be giving the locals a discount because they won’t have much for a while, its only fair,” said Christina Callandrillo, an 18-year-old undecided major from Belford.

     About 20 minutes north, Belmar beach was also in pieces after Sandy ripped apart its entire boardwalk.  

     Instead of raising prices, Belmar’s beach badges stay consistent with last year’s daily passes at $7 and seasonal $50.  Although Belmar prices were higher to start with, they have a great deal for families and kids where children 15 and under are free, the highest age in the area.  

     Another beach planning to be opened by Memorial Day is Avon.  Much like Belmar, the price to get on the beach will stay the same as last year’s, but unlike Seaside and Belmar, prices are already much higher.  Avons daily badges are $9 and seasonal $90 with kids 11 and under for free.  

     While Belmar and Seaside are very popular beaches, not just for locals but also for tourists, Avon is more of a family beach generating less money from visitors.  The price and overall demographic of the beaches may in fact go hand-in-hand.  Many locals would rather pay more for a quieter atmosphere than deal with the crowds and commotion of one of the lesser priced beaches.

     While every beach is making different decisions on prices and openings based on what's best for their community, the overall goal of the state is to bring back our beaches by the summer and thankfully everything appears to be on track.

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