Badges of Dishonor

Aug 15, 2018

To the Editor:

On the surface it appears that Ship Bottom’s chief financial officer is doing diligence in her effort to keep track of badge sales, but keeping track is not the problem.

The borough’s method for selling senior badge sales is full of holes. First of all, I could go to town hall and buy a $10 senior season badge and go right back the next day with a baseball hat and sunglasses on and buy a second and give it to my 59-year-old brother-in-law, who could pass for 65. The town just lost out on a $40 seasonal badge.

The folks who come in with grandma’s drivers license can do that all summer and give badges to their older relatives and friends. Again, the town is losing a $20 or $40 sale for $10.

And by the way, family members can bring I.D. for a parent “who cannot withstand a trip to borough hall.” Really? But they can make it to the beach? Do you realize how stupid that sounds?

I am a veteran over 65. I could buy a $10 badge and give it to my 60-year-old brother. I get on for free. (I would never do that, but do you see how easy it is?)

So Ship Bottom’s uptick in senior badge sales is caused by illegal activity. Trust me on that. And if you think that seniors from the over-55 communities on the mainland are not doing this, well, I have this bridge I’d like to sell you.

I am only saying all this so the borough doesn’t feel compelled to raise beach fees to make up for a shortfall. 

Daniel Von Brook

Florham Park, N.J.


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