Unworkable Idea

Oct 18, 2017

To the Editor:

Apparently Ms. Riffken is unfamiliar with state regulations regarding municipal beach badge fees (“Ready-Made Solution,” 10/11). Specifically, the revenue from the sale of badges cannot exceed the cost of providing safe, clean and well-maintained beaches for the swimmers.

As noted in an article in The SandPaper last week, tag revenues were down almost across the board this year. Is Ms. Riffken proposing $10 more across the board for all tags or maybe different prices for daily, weekly or seasonal?

I believe Long Beach Island provides some of the best beaches in southern New Jersey. The draconian increase she proposes would reduce revenues even further.

Michael McGurkin

Surf City


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