BELMAR, N.J. - A popular Shore resort pummeled by Sandy won't raise the price of its beach badges this summer after all.
Belmar, in Monmouth County, had planned to increase the cost of its daily and seasonal badges to help pay for repairs to the beach and boardwalk, but high demand is helping to make the price hike unnecessary.
Mayor Matthew Doherty said Belmar had been surprised by the number of people who want to help with its reconstruction.
"It's pretty well publicized that we lost our entire boardwalk and that we'll have a new one by Memorial Day," he said. "People want to be a part of this and they want to help. The level of support is overwhelming, far beyond anything we could have anticipated."