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Bill offering free beach access to veterans clears committee

NEW JERSEY – Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was advanced this week by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

“In recognition of our brave veterans who have defended this nation, it is fitting to offer them free admission to New Jersey’s incredible, award-winning beaches,” Kean (R-21) said. “This is a small way to honor our country’s military personnel and show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. I hope that this legislation will help our veterans enjoy the unique experience of New Jersey’s beaches with their family and friends.”

Kean’s legislation, S-929, prohibits a shore municipality from charging and collecting any fees for access to beaches and bathing or recreational facilities by veterans who have served in any of the Armed Forces of the United States; were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable; and either: served at least 90 days in active duty, or were discharged or released from active duty due to a service-incurred injury or disability.

Current law permits shore municipalities, by ordinance, to provide free or reduced fee beach access to qualifying veterans. This bill would require shore municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans.

“The brave men and women of our armed services risked their own lives to protect our freedom,” Kean said. “These individuals should not be charged to access beaches—they should be offered complimentary admission.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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