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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Borough officials in Deal, NJ have introduced beach badges and fees for the beach on the Southern part of Deal. This year is the first in which Monmouth Terrace beach, from Marine Place to Neptune Avenue, has been cleaned and opened as a public beach. Previously officials tried to limit access and litter by instating parking restrictions in the area. The parking constraints proved controversial and an alternate means was sought out.

This area was previously used for fishing and surfing. Deal only used to clean the beaches around Conover Pavilion and Deal Casino.  However, there was a problem with excessive littering in the Monmouth area and the commission sought ways to pay for the cleanup.  Deal made three attempts in the past two years to restrict parking on streets east of Ocean Avenue, in an effort to curb litter. Parking fees were sought with hopes to offset the cost of cleanup. However, last year’s $38 million beach replenishment project brought an "unprecedented demand" for Monmouth Terrace beach said Mayor Samuel Cohen. 

Also, last year beachfront homeowners made a $112,000 donation to pay for a new beach sweeper. Cohen announced that beach badge fees for Monmouth Terrace would be in effect during the 2017 season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Surfers and fishers would need to relocate to the unguarded beaches. As reported by the Asbury Park Press, the ordinance has been in effect since June 9, 2017.  The commission has voted, and purchased kiosks where beach goers can purchase passes. Life guards have been hired, and the beach has been cleaned for swimming.  

The beach fees at Monmouth Terrace are now similar to the borough's Conover Pavilion. The rates are $8 for a weekday daily pass, $10 for a weekend daily pass, and $150 for a season pass. Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

By:  Hellen Zaboulani