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Belmar Mayor Opposes Free Beach Access In Exchange For Sandy Help

A man holds his child as they view damage from Sandy along the Jersey Shore in Belmar - Oct. 30, 2012 (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A man holds his child as they view damage from Sandy along the Jersey Shore in Belmar – Oct. 30, 2012 (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - A bill in the New Jersey State Senate would require any town on the Jersey Shore make its beach access free of charge if the town accepts federal or state aid to rebuild beaches after Sandy.

WCBS 880′s Levon Putney On The Story


At least one Jersey Shore mayor thinks this is a bad idea.

“By the same logic, if New Jersey Transit or the New York City Subway system receive federal moneys to recover after Sandy then all trains and buses should be free. It just doesn’t work like that,” Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

“Nothing in life is free,” he said. “I think the sponsors know, but again, I think they’re just trying to advance a political agenda.”

Doherty said the bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and St. Sen. Michael Doherty does not account for how to pay for lifeguards and patrols.

“So, for the residents of the state of New Jersey, it’s a terrible idea,” Doherty said.

Do you think it’s a good idea or a terrible one? Sound off below.