Bill to allow veterans free beach access in New Jersey moves forward in Trenton

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TRENTON, NJ – If you are a veteran in New Jersey, your days of paying for public beach access might soon be over. A bill that is progressing in a bipartisan manner in Trenton will allow for veterans and their immediate family members to be granted free public beach access.

The act allows for municipalities to give veterans free access.

“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

  This bill would permit shore municipalities, by ordinance, to provide free or reduced fee beach access to the spouse and dependent children, over the age of 12 years, of veterans who have served in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and who were discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable and who either served at least 90 days in active duty or were discharged or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability.

     Current law permits municipalities, by ordinance, to provide free or reduced fee beach access to the spouse or dependent children, over the age of 12 years, of persons who are in active military service in any of the Armed Forces of the United States or who are active members of the New Jersey National Guard and who have completed Initial Active Duty Training.  This bill would authorize municipalities to provide the same benefit to the spouse and dependent children of qualifying veterans.

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