So here is the thing...I hate paying for access to the beach as much as you do.

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And before we continue, you should know that Gary Guide did already put together a 2021 Beach Badge Guide for South Jersey.

Get your beach badges ASAP because a lot of towns offer deals and discounts if you get it around this time of year.

But anyways...

We have ranted about this topic for the past few years right around this time of year but to be honest, it is more necessary than I thought.

I know you don't have to pay for EVERY single beach in South Jersey but there a good chunk of them that will take that cash out of your wallet.

BUT YES, I WAS WRONG -- DON'T RUB IT IN.

Millions can be made from beach badge revenue and it is there to be used on the very same town that made that money.

You don't believe me?

How about you take a look for yourself and tell me if you think this makes sense. The money has got to come from somewhere!

Reasons Why Paying For Beach Access Is Important In South Jersey

I hate paying for beach access just as much as you do but when you think about it, it is more important than you think.

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