SENATE, No. 114







Sponsored by:


District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)

Senator  FRED H. MADDEN, JR.

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblywoman  CONNIE WAGNER

District 38 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  JACK CONNERS

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  RUBEN J. RAMOS, JR.

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblywoman  DIANNE C. GOVE

District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)

Assemblyman  BRIAN E. RUMPF

District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)


Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Bateman, Oroho, Turner, Beach, S.Kean, Assemblyman Milam, Assemblywoman Tucker, Assemblymen Conaway, Diegnan, Assemblywoman Riley, Assemblymen Delany, Rudder, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Assemblyman Coughlin, Assemblywoman Angelini, Assemblymen Johnson and Greenwald






     Allows municipalities to provide free or reduced fee beach badges to active military and NJ National Guard personnel.



     As reported by the Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee with technical review.


An Act concerning access to beaches and amending P.L.1955, c.49.


     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    Section 1 of P.L.1955, c.49 (C.40:61-22.20) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    a.  The governing body of any municipality bordering on the Atlantic Ocean, tidal water bays or rivers which owns or shall acquire, by any deed of dedication or otherwise, lands bordering on the ocean, tidal water bays or rivers, or easement rights therein, for a place of resort for public health and recreation and for other public purposes shall have the exclusive control, government and care thereof and of any boardwalk, bathing and recreational facilities, safeguards and equipment, now or hereafter constructed or provided thereon, and may, by ordinance, make and enforce rules and regulations for the government and policing of such lands, boardwalk, bathing facilities, safeguards and equipment; provided, that such power of control, government, care and policing shall not be construed in any manner to exclude or interfere with the operation of any State law or authority with respect to such lands, property and facilities.  Any such municipality may, in order to provide funds to improve, maintain and police the same and to protect the same from erosion, encroachment and damage by sea or otherwise, and to provide facilities and safeguards for public bathing and recreation, including the employment of lifeguards, by ordinance, make and enforce rules and regulations for the government, use, maintenance and policing thereof and provide for the charging and collecting of reasonable fees for the registration of persons using said lands and bathing facilities, for access to the beach and bathing and recreational grounds so provided and for the use of the bathing and recreational facilities, but no such fees shall be charged or collected from children under the age of 12 years [; and the].

     b.    A municipality may by ordinance provide that no fees, or reduced fees, shall be charged to : 

     (1)   persons 65 or more years of age [and to]; 

     (2)   persons who meet the disability criteria for disability benefits under Title II of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. s.401 et seq.) ;

     (3)   persons in active military service in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and to their spouse or dependent children over the age of 12 years; and

     (4)   persons who are active members of the New Jersey National Guard who have completed Initial Active Duty Training and to their spouse or dependent children over the age of 12 years.  As used in this paragraph, "Initial Active Duty Training" means Basic Military Training, for members of the New Jersey Air National Guard, and Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, for members of the New Jersey Army National Guard.

     c.     A municipality providing for no fees or reduced fees pursuant to paragraphs (3) or (4) of subsection b. of this section shall track, in a manner deemed appropriate by the governing body of the municipality, the number of persons who qualify under the provisions of those paragraphs

(cf:  P.L.1992, c.195, s.1)


     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.