With uncertainty over the extent to which local beaches will be operating this summer, both Lavallette and Seaside Heights have adopted policies that will extend pre-season discount pricing for season badges.
“We may have a full season, we may have a partial season or we may have no season at all,” said Lavallette Administrator Robert Brice. “What this would do is prevent us from being hit with a large volume of pre-season orders and possibly face the consequences of doing refunds down the road. It will give people time to not rush and purchase by [May] 20th.”
Lavallette badges are priced at $50 in the pre-season period and would have been raised to $60 after May 20. Lavallette’s policy will keep the pre-season pricing in place for entire season.
Seaside Heights will extend its pre-season pricing to June 30. In Seaside Heights, seasonal badges cost $45 with the discount and will revert back to the regular $60 price after June 30.
“We are planning for the beach to be open this summer, but we don’t know the governor’s plan for timing the state’s reopening,” a statement from Seaside Heights officials said. “Thus, we cannot announce a specific beach opening date at this point in time.”
Seaside Heights is urging prospective beachgoers to use the VIPLY app on iOS and Android smartphones to purchase season badges electronically. Once the beach is open, a purchaser can “scan in” with their smartphone at the Beach Control Office at the Boardwalk and Kearney Avenue or at the Blaine Avenue Visitor Center. The employees at the office will then hand over a physical badge.
Electronic payments are the only way to buy Seaside Heights badges this season – at least for now.
“Because the municipal building is presently closed to the public, we are not selling season beach badges at the municipal building until further notice,” the statement said.