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Tices Shoal Boaters Angry Over $3 Fee To Access Guarded Beach Under State Plan

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Tices Shoal (Tices Shoal/Facebook)
Tices Shoal (Tices Shoal/Facebook)

Boaters were expressing anger Friday over a new plan announced by state officials this week to place lifeguards near the A-7 beach at Island Beach State Park and charge a $3 walk-in fee per person to access the area.

The A-7 access area sits across from Tices Shoal, a popular anchorage in Barnegat Bay behind the park where boaters often gather for fun on the water. Frequently, boaters take a walk to the ocean beach using a walkway from the bay to the ocean. The fee would be charged this summer for those accessing the beach via the walkway.

Swimming at all other unguarded sections of Island Beach State Park remains prohibited, state officials said. Boaters believe the fee is being imposed to pay for lifeguards because boaters would often swim in the area, which has always been unguarded.

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“The safety of our park visitors is our first priority,” said Richard Boornazian, DEP Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources. “Emergencies in unguarded sections of the park often results in compromised lifeguard resources at our main pavilion areas where swimming is permitted. So providing this additional protection at the popular A-7 section will benefit all users of the park.”

Officials also say the swimming zone will create a better boundary to separate swimmers and anglers from getting in each others’ way.

“Our goal is to provide safe and equitable access to all of our visitors,” said Island Beach State Park manager Ray Bukowski. “The addition of this new swimming area will not only create a safe haven for swimmers with some of the best lifeguards at the Jersey Shore, but will also eliminate any conflicting use of distinct areas of the park.”

Boaters took to social media to criticize the fee, which they say is unfair given New Jersey’s high tax burden, plus extra taxes applied to marine fuel and boat registration fees.

“It will cost more for a family of four to walk in from Tices than to drive in,” said Donna McAvoy, a commenter on the Tices Shoal Facebook fan page.

“Typical action from the state of NJ,” said Jerry O’Rourke, another commenter. “This is directly targeted at the boating population. The whole 3-4 months a year we get to truly enjoy summer and the luxury of cruising over to Tices for a swim will now be another revenue stream like tolls on the roads. Just another reason to pack up and leave this state.”

Summer gate entry fees ($6 for New Jersey residents, $12 non-resident on weekdays; $10 for New Jersey residents, $20 for non-residents on weekends and holidays) remain unchanged.

The State Park Service does not maintain or regulate Tices Shoal, but does regulate access and use of Island Beach State Park and its resources, officials said.


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  • JOE BLO

    So you can walk or bike into the park for free, go to the swimming areas for free, take a shower for free, drink water for free, stay there all day for free, use the lifeguards for free, BUT if you drive your boat to rices shoals and want to walk and see the ocean for 5 minutes it will cost you $3.00. Sounds like a discrimination law suit to me!

    • Trevor

      discrimination against people that can afford a boat?

      • JOE BLO

        No discriminating against people that walk in or biking for free but if you walk in from the bay you’re charged a fee. Senior citizens are allowed in the park for free can you walk down Fishermens walk for free if you are a senior citizen? Do you have to carry a wallet as you wade through water to prove your age?

      • Trevor

        I don’t agree with the fee either but unless you swam across the bay you’re not walking in, you have moored your vessel on the park’s shores and are now walking to another part of the park so in a way someone who drives in could complain saying that boaters have an unfair advantage because they pay 3$ instead of the 10$ max it would cost to drive in. I see why they’re doing this but its stupid and unnecessary, but if you take your boat there you shouldn’t consider yourself “walking in”

  • JOE BLO

    Senior citizens are allowed in the park for free will they charge them if they come by boat but not if they come by car?

  • JOE BLO

    If I am a fisherman and paid admission to the park will I again be charged if I want to fish at that spot?

  • JOE BLO

    I have been brining my dogs with me to that spot for 20 years can I still bring my dog ?

  • JOE BLO

    I fly my kites on the beach now it will cost me three dollars to fly my kite?

  • JOE BLO

    I have been taking my family to swim there for many years there are 8 of us now it will cost $24 and we only stay there for less than an hour then go back to our boat. You are blood suckers! Ray Bukowski should be fired!

  • Chuck Cumella

    When will enough be enough!!! The state just continues to TAKE my damn money. STOP !!!!! This was a great place to go with the family for a quick ocean swim. Now we have to hire someone to sit there and TAKE my money. STOP!!!!!

    • JW P

      The state is borderline bankrupt and has been for about 15 years. I guess they’re either going to raise taxes or raise taxes by the backdoor by raising fees like this or cutting the university funding or public transit funding. Welcome to the world of fiscal conservatism.

      • Chuck Cumella

        Here’s a novel idea. CUT SPENDING!!! FIRE SOME OF THE USELESS PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR THE STATE.

      • JW P

        Like what? The DMV already takes long enough as it is.

  • Trevor

    Fees at IBSP are a joke.. they wont be charging for swimming on the bay side of the park the article doesn’t make that clear enough.

  • JOE BLO

    As boaters we all know it’s not three dollars that matters it’s just a tax on people that have been going to Tices Shoals forever without having to pay nor should they. What this will mean is less freedom no dogs no ball playing no walking there And taking a 10 minute dip in the ocean and then back to your boat as opposed to those going to the swimming area staying there all day being provided showers etc. it is another erosion of freedom.