Should All SJ Towns NOT Charge For Beach Entry W/ Limited Access?
I don't know about you but I am so thankful that beaches are starting to reopen and there is hope for this upcoming Summer.
However, being that things aren't going to be "normal," a South Jersey beach town is making adjustments that I think a lot of us will appreciate.
Shout out to the mayor of Avalon has just recently announced that his beach town will NOT be charging for beach tags or beach entry while the entire beach experience is limited.
Avalon -- like many other South Jersey beach towns -- has already declared that access to the beach is limited and beach-goers can only walk, run, fish and surf. There is no swimming or stationary activities allowed -- aka, all the best parts of going to the beach.
I think this tactic is genius and I am hoping that all other South Jersey beaches towns follow suit.
You pay to go on the beach to go swimming, to tan, to play, to spend time to family and A LOT of that is being taken away.
Not to mention, there are a lot of people who are without jobs and can't even get their hands on unemployment.
Taking SOME financial strain off of our residents is a huge plus in my book and going to the beach after two months in Quarantine will do EVERYONE some good.
But of course....I do see the other side of how this tactic could be problematic.
If we don't charge for beach access or beach badges, then our South Jersey towns lose out on millions of dollars of revenue. Not to mention, most of that money is put right back into our towns.
A lot of people are going to say, "Of course it always goes back to the money," and it does. But I think these extenuating circumstances may be the time to break our typical ways of thinking to help each other out.
What do you think? Should all other South Jersey towns copy Avalon's new rule?
Take a look at the original article announcing Avalon's rule change for this Summer at NJ.com.
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