PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By ARep | December 20th, 2012 - 11:03am
| More

KEAN BLASTS SWEENEY PROPOSAL THAT FORCES TOWNS TO OFFER FREE BEACH ACCESS IF THEY TAKE FEDERAL AID TO REBUILD

Assemblyman Sean T. Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean, says that a proposal by Senate President Stephen Sweeney that would force towns to choose between federal aid for beach replenishment or collect beach fees is a short-sighted measure that could devastate beach towns along the Jersey Shore that are in the process of rebuilding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

“This legislation could financially devastate some hard hit towns,” said Kean. “Why would we ask towns such as Belmar and Manasquan to forgo charging a beach fee because they accepted federal funds to replenish their beach? Right now, these towns have to pay a portion of the huge cost to rebuild the boardwalks and bathrooms. If you couple that with the loss of beach badge revenue, it is going to be a huge cost for the local taxpayer to pick up.”

Kean is also concerned that this legislation could imperil critical lifeguarding services. Most towns use beach badge fees to pay for lifeguards to protect swimmers at the beaches.

“If towns cannot collect beach fees they might have to pass that cost onto their taxpayers, eliminate or reduce the cost of lifeguards, or ask Trenton for more local aid. This is the last thing beach towns need on their plate right now.”

Kean said some towns in his legislative district take in millions of dollars in beach fees. For instance, Avon-by-the Sea collected an estimated $1.5 million from the sale of beach tags. Sea Girt collected an estimated $950,000.

Kean stated, “While every town should be looking at ways to save money and share services, I don’t believe this measure is a prudent way to bring about shared services, especially not at this time.”

“Many of these communities have been ravaged by Sandy. Our boardwalks are gone, businesses are destroyed and many people lost their homes. Why are we even talking about this now?” asked Kean. In Monmouth and Ocean counties, we are working hard to restore the Shore. I am strongly opposed to this bill and any other that’s going to impede that progress.”

####
On the Net:
www.NJAssemblyRepublicans.com
NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook
NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter

Contact Info: 

Assemblyman Sean Kean / 732-974-0400

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 1st

Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.

- The Asbury Park Press

Poll

Who is a better GOP candidate for governor?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources