SEA BRIGHT– Officials said beach revenue is off to a great start in the borough, with the mayor reporting beach badge sales are dramatically up over last year.
Mayor Dina Long said Sea Bright saw some of the highest numbers ever of pre-season beach badge sales, at $76,000 in revenue. That’s nearly $20,000 more in pre-season sales than 2012, which the mayor said was the next strong year for sales.
While 2013’s pre-season sales, and sales overall, saw a decrease attributed to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in the borough, 2014 may see Sea Bright bounce back, Long said.
“This pre-season’s sales eclipse 2012, when there was $56,860 sold. 2012 was a pretty decent year,” Long said.
Overall, 2012 drew in $400,000 in beach badge revenue, said the mayor. Compare that to 2013, post-Sandy, when the borough reported $240,000 in beach badge revenue. “2013 was obviously dramatically different due to Hurricane Sandy,” Long said.
Beach fee prices for Sea Bright are $8 daily, $100 seasonal and $35 senior badges; $250 for beach lockers, which have sold out, said Councilman C. Read Murphy.
Beach supervision began weekends starting Memorial Day weekend, and becomes daily after June 14 through Labor Day.