Beach Badges

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by PeakMaster, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

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    The history of them in NJ started with Bradley Beach... first ones were stamped brass.
     
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  2. Chilly Willy

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    I wonder what people said about them when they were first introduced. Looks like that was 1929. Interesting article on NJ.com about it. https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2017/05/historic_beach_badges.html

    Another fun fact: Most beach badges are made by a company down in Cape May Court House. They employ a lot of special needs people to put together orders, so kind of a nice industry in that sense. I forget what the actual number of beach badges made each year is, but it's in the millions.
     
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  3. dingpatch

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    What is a "Beach Badge"? Is it like the old "Safety Patrol" back in elementary school?
     
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  4. PeakMaster

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    Also known as a beach tag.
     
  5. Artz

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    Have my pass. Nice little plus for us.
     
  6. Artz

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    Before I forget. “ We don’t need no stinking Badges”
     
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  7. nedsurf

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    Given that every beach within driving distance north of Oceanside is closed this weekend and all those folks want to come to SD's beaches, maybe this badge thing has some merit. Anybody try to get on the 5 southbound yesterday?
     
  8. longboardkook

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    SoCal beaches get parked out. No badges needed. Think I paid $25 for parking last year at Pacific Beach to go surfing on a Saturday and was lucky to find the parking spot.
     
  9. pablo66

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    I was told as a child in the little town of Sea Girt the beach badges are a way to keep the "Bennys" (local slag on outsiders) off the beach. In the late 80s or early 90s many of the towns that received state funds for beach maintenance were sued over the prohibitive price of the day pass. The result was a decrease in the cost of the day pass. Without looking at the actual budget breakdown, from the outside the badges appear to exist to create jobs and keep outsiders off local beaches. $110. for Sea Girt residents to purchase a seasonal pass. I imagine the cost would be far less if town did not keep purchasing atvs, 4 wheel drive pick up trucks, tractors and the badge enforcement staff. Currently I am on outer Cape Cod where beach parking is the issue. Resident parking $20, for the season non resident $250.

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