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City Council Approves Free Beach Tags for Veterans

Tags will be administered similar to the way the city handles free beach tags for active military.

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Veterans will have free access to Ocean City beaches beginning this summer.

City Council voted unanimously to allow free access to the beaches for veterans at its meeting Thursday night. The tags will be regulated the same way beach tags for active military personnel are handled, Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato said.

“That program has been in place for a year, and there will be similar requirements. There will be certain credentials you need to qualify and I recommend giving the tags out at certain locations,” Donato said. “We gave out over 1,000 tags last year and this will be much larger.”

Ocean City requires people to purchase tags before going on the beach. Seasonal beach tags are $25, and $20 if purchased before June 1.

Marlton Mayor Robert DiEnna, who also has a residence in Ocean City, made the trip from Burlington County to thank council for the ordinance Thursday night.

"Thank you for recognizing veterans in this manner," DiEnna said. "I was in the marine corps from 1965-68 and when we came back, we didn't get the greatest reception. This is greatly appreciated."

The ordinance came up after a state statute updated on Jan. 17 of this year allowed for municipalities to change their fee structure so that veterans aren’t charged access to the beach.

The ordinance reads as follows:

No fees shall be charged to or collected from persons 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 have either served at least 90 days in active duty or have been discharged or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability.

Joseph DiSpaldo April 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM
This is a great tribute to all Veterans. Does anyone have any more information on how they will be distributed? I stopped by City Hall today, and the gentleman there said that they were making special beach tags to be issued to Veterans, and were not available at this time. Thanks to all in Ocean City who were responsible.
OCBreezes April 26, 2014 at 01:03 PM
And "Thank You!" to the Vets for all your service. This is a great idea. Enjoy the beach.
Robert McKenna, MIKE April 29, 2014 at 08:32 AM
I have been back for 42 years and now Ocean City is offering me a beach tag. I guess I will go up in my old box of memorabilia and dig out my dd214. Then what? do I bring my very old paperwork to city hall? Funny how times change, 42 years ago I was called an idiot by my friends for going, but now... Oh well, times change.

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