BELMAR — Beach-going residents should be prepared for a $1 increase in daily beach badge prices for the 2022 summer season.
For months, the borough has discussed the badge price hike, one that would increase daily beach badge prices from $9 to $10.
Borough officials have given a number of reasons for the increase over the last few meetings, citing minimum wage increases, poor weather and increased maintenance costs.
“Last year was a terrible season, weather-wise,” said Lorraine Carafa, Belmar’s Chief Financial Officer, at a previous meeting. “Our revenue was severely affected by that.”
In recent weeks, the mayor and council approved an ordinance setting the $1 daily badge price hike This is the second $1 increase in daily badge fees since 2019.
The season beach badge prices will remain the same, as will the senior discount badge prices. However, the senior badge prices doubled just before the 2019 season began, totaling $30 per badge. The regular seasonal badges also saw a $15 increase at the same time, totaling $70 per badge.
According to the borough’s website; “[Seasonal] Badges are on sale at Taylor Pavilion and can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between May 13 – May 15, May 20 – 22, and May 27. Starting May 28th, during beach hours through Labor Day Weekend.”
Daily beach badges, however, can only be purchased through a mobile device, and a QR code must be shown to a badge checker before visitors can get an admission bracelet.
Badges can be purchased at belmarbeachbadges.com, or by texting “Badges” to (833) 956-2440.
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