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January 16, 2017

Report: Two South Jersey shore towns raising prices for beach tags next season

Visitors to a pair of Jersey Shore towns will reportedly need to pony up some more cash this upcoming summer when they want to catch some rays on the beach.

Avalon and Stone Harbor will increase the price of daily beach tags by $1 to increase revenue, The Press of Atlantic City reports. Both towns will sell daily tags for $7 this summer.

Councilmembers of Avalon Borough approved the move in November while Stone Harbor officials are expected to vote on Tuesday. The two towns, which usually offer a reciprocity agreement for beach tags, previously upped prices together in 2015.

Additionally, Avalon will join nearby Sea Isle, Longport and Ventnor in offering beachgoers the option to purchase beach tags ahead of time via a mobile app. Those three towns implemented the technology last summer and will continue to do so in 2017. Under that system, users who bought tags can pick them up at designated locations or head to the beach and wait for inspectors to verify the purchase.

Other shore towns have also not ruled out price hikes for beach tags, according to the report.