The City of Cape May has approved free beach tags for veterans following the passage of a state law in January that permits beach communities to offer free or reduced-price tags to veterans.
According to Cape May City Manager Bruce McLeod, honorably discharged veterans, no matter where they live, will be able to apply for a free beach tag beginning in April. Active-duty military and members of New Jersey's Air and Army National Guard and their family members became eligible for free beach tags under a law passed last year,.
Those applying for free beach tags in Cape May before Memorial Day must file an application and show the appropriate ID (usually a DD214) at City Hall, 643 Washington Avenue. After Memorial Day, tags are available at the Promenade next to Convention Hall at 704 Beach Avenue.
Avalon is basically the same as the City of Cape May, except Avalon will accept ID cards from the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled Veterans of America, Marine League and the Cape May County Veterans card in lieu of a DD214. The free beach tags are available at Avalon's Beach Office at 30th Street and the beach.
In Ocean City, free beach tags for veterans, as well as active-duty military, National Guard members and their families, are available at City Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue; Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk; Welcome Center, Route 52 Causeway (9th Street Bridge), and the Welcome Center at the 34th Street Causeway (Acme Parking Lot).
In Sea Isle City, veterans and active-duty military and National Guard members (and the latter's family members) can apply for free beach tags after April 22 at the beach office located in the city's Welcome Center, 300 JFK Boulevard. Wednesday's are free on Sea Isle City's beaches (no beach tag required for anyone), and children under 12 are always free.
In Stone Harbor, free beach tags for veterans (only) and active-duty military and New Jersey National Guard and their families are available at the front desk of the Borough Hall, 9508 Second Avenue, until Memorial Day, and at the Beach Office, 95th Street and the beach, thereafter. Applications must be filed and a photo ID and a DD214 indicating both service and an honorable discharge are required.
Wildwood requires no beach tags. It's free to one and all.