7 Reasons Why Jersey Beaches Shouldn't Charge A Fee

7 Reasons Why Jersey Beaches Shouldn't Charge A Fee

Is paying to use a Jersey beach really worth it?

With summer coming to a cease, and fall just less then a week away, some people are spending those final days at the beach. Like all of us Jersey beachgoers, before we enter the beach, we either wait in that long line on the boardwalk to purchase a badge or to show it to that charming young kid, sitting in a chair, looking like they love their job. As we're standing in line, we all ask ourselves one question. That is "Why? "Why do we have to pay to use the beach when beachgoers nationwide don't?" Here are seven reasons why beachgoers shouldn't have to pay to use a New Jersey beach:

1. It angers people

The beach is supposed to be a happy place and somewhere to escape stresses and relax. Charging people to get on, can turn it into the complete opposite. Also it can ruin their mood and experience. Nobody wants to be in a bad mood, especially on the beach.

2. It creates another expense that people have to budget for.

Living in 2017 is already expensive. The cost of necessities rises almost every year. Also with a new governor entering office soon, some people don't know what to expect. Since shore towns are already pricey to rent, shop, eat, reside, and visit, having that extra expense to dip your toes in the water and relax just isn't worth it. New Jersey is also already expensive to live in with high taxes everywhere, making the situation even worst.

3. It decreases business

As much as tourists love the Jersey Shore, the higher the badge fees, the less business the beaches will receive. This can also lead to less jobs and a poor economy for those areas.

4. It generates more chaos.

If nobody had to wait in that badge line in certain shore towns, walking on the beach would be quicker, easier, and less of a hassle. Imagine how much more time you would actually have to relax in the sand, surf the ocean, make sandcastles, and most importantly, admire the scenery without having to wait in that line.

5. It doesn't transpire in other states.

Beachgoers in other states don't have to take out their wallets or show a badge, and they still make a profit. Why should they in New Jersey have to?

6. It builds higher competition

With badges ranging in different prices, since some beaches charge more than others, competition will only get feistier.

7. It motivates people to vacation elsewhere.

Every year, families from all over drive to the Jersey Shore to vacation. Memories are created that last a lifetime. An increase in badge fees can motivate them to vacation elsewhere, making a great tourist destination, a terrible one.

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High School Summer Vs. College Summer

Summer isn't all fun and games anymore.

Summer: the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, obligations are at an all-time low, and life is simple. The only problem - I’m not in high school anymore. This naïve cupcake phase of life is now over, thanks to you, college. Now, free time is a foreign concept to myself along with my peers; summer's not all fun and games as it was in previous years.

School’s out? Ha, you THOUGHT.

What time is it? Summer (school) time! When the final bell rang on the last day of high school, we all jumped for joy and anticipated summer’s freedom filled with the luxurious free time that displaces class time. When you finished your last final in college, you might as well buy class materials for your nearly approaching summer semester. Unlike the good old high school days, summer marks the start for even more time to incorporate school: particularly, summer school. Here lie students who are retaking failed courses and/or those who are behind on classes and need to get ahead. School’s out, scream and shout? You got it all wrong, High School Musical.

Time to intern!

Not only is summer “break” a good time to take some extra classes, but it’s also a perfect time to intern. That’s right, no sleeping in ‘til noon! Don’t forget to set those alarms because college students have to be up and running to gain work experience for their future careers. College students sometimes even endure these long days without any pay, but you gotta do what you gotta do to lock in a post-college job at that ideal company. High school students: props to you if you intern over the summer, I just see it more often among college kids.

Work, work, work.

I had a summer job in high school, but I didn’t work nearly as much as I do now as a college student. Summer is the optimal time to stack up on dollar bills in your savings account. You need money for those ridiculously pricey textbooks (opened quite less often than you’d think), groceries, housing, spending money, and other miscellaneous college expenses. Yeah, you can always work doing the school year, but juggling that along with classes, extracurricular activities, and an eventful social life can be pretty exhausting. Also, it can deter you from getting decent grades (which is why you're in college in the first place).

Vacation? More like no-cation.

Ah, do I miss those summers where I’d be at the beach for weeks on end. With summer classes, a job, and an internship, vacation is just time I no longer have. You can’t just request time off from class, internships, and work! Other (and more important) matters demand your time and effort. If you're lucky, a quick, cheap weekend getaway is you're best bet.

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You're Not Crazy, Your Seasonal Allergies ARE Worse Than They Normally Are

Between all of these symptoms, I've felt miserable the last week.


We've all been waiting for summer to come, and it's finally on its way. I started putting away my jackets and heavy clothes, and I'm so excited to take out my dresses and bathing suits. Classes are ending for students and we can start the beach trips on these warm, sunny days. What could possibly be wrong with summer coming?

If you have seasonal allergies, specifically to pollen and tree-related allergens, you may be in for a real problem.

In certain states, especially in the northern and eastern US areas, the pollen count is at drastically high levels. So much so that people with only minimal seasonal allergies are having intense reactions, and people who didn't even know they had allergies are having their first reactions.

I've only ever had an itchy nose when seasons change, and only when standing in the middle of lots of plants that would aggravate it. I never suspected my allergies would be making me so sick right now until my physician told me what's going on with this season's allergens.

Since the pollen levels are so dramatic in New York right now, I've had sinus congestion so bad it turned into sinusitis, and a sore throat so swollen and painful I swore it had to be strep. The sinusitis was giving me fevers, aches, and chills, making me feel like I had the flu — all of this traced back to allergies. Between all of these symptoms, I've felt miserable the last week.

Once I started asking around about what my doctor said, several people have told me they're having the same problem with their allergies now. If you're suspicious you may have allergies, get tested and ask your doctor's opinion. It's best to be well-informed on your medical issues so that you'll be prepared if a bad allergy season comes along (like this summer).

If you want to know what the pollen count looks like in your area, go to Pollen.com and allow access to your location — it'll show you a map of the states and their current pollen levels, as well as a specific analysis of the town you live.

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