No beach tags in future for Wildwood

Resort will stay free to Shore visitors.

Posted: February 15, 2013

WILDWOOD - Wildwood, long one of New Jersey's most popular beaches in part because it's free, will remain that way.

The city commissioners have rescinded a ballot question that would have asked voters whether Wildwood should start charging a beach fee, an idea opposed by businesses.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said Thursday that the city instead would start talks with Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood on the possibility of sharing services, including fire and police, lifeguarding, and beach maintenance.

"We are excited and thrilled to be collaborating with the other municipalities on this solution," Troiano said.

Wildwood is one of only a handful of Jersey Shore towns that do not make visitors buy beach tags. Among the others are Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood, which had no plans to start charging beach fees.

Wildwood voters have twice rejected the idea of beach tags, in 1976 and 1981.

The city routinely ranks at or near the top of New Jersey's most popular beaches in an annual contest.

The beaches are a half-mile from the boardwalk in many spots. Due to the prevailing ocean currents and the natural topography of the coastline, sand that washes away from other beaches piles up here.

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