Legislation to allow free access to beaches, bathing and recreational grounds for active military and New Jersey National Guard personnel has been signed into law.
The law will allow municipalities to provide discounted or free beach badges to individuals who are on active duty in any division of the Armed Forces and their spouse or dependent children over the age of 12 years old; it would permit the same rates for a person on active duty of New Jersey's National Guard and their spouse or dependent children over the age of 12.
Previous law permitted municipalities to offer a beach badge discount to individuals 65 years and over and individuals who are considered disabled by the Federal Social Security Act criteria. Previous law also provided that children less than 12 years old were not charged a fee.
I can only say...it's about time!!!