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Brick’s Beach Badge Sales Make Slow Recovery After Sandy

A lifeguard stand at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A lifeguard stand at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Sales of beach badges in Brick Township continued to make a slow recovery in the second season after Superstorm Sandy decimated parts of the town.

According to Business Administrator Joanne Bergin, the number of season badges sold in Brick grew to 5,624 this year from 4,610 in 2013, the first season after the massive storm struck. But both years are down from the summer of 2012 when the township sold 7,505 badges. Season badges cost $25 before June 15 and $30 after. Based on the $25 price, the township would have generated $140,600 on the season badges.

Daily badges followed the trend. This year, Brick sold 20,032 dailies, compared with 18,287 in 2013. Both were down from 2012, when 21,205 daily badges were sold. At $5 each, Brick generated $100,160 from the daily badges.

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Season parking passes continued to make a recovery in 2014 as well. There were 2,116 parking permits sold this year, compared to 1,675 in 2013 and 2,460 sold in 2012. There were 914 senior parking passes sold this year, compared with 739 last year and 864 in 2012. In all, season parking fees generated $77,190.

While Brick’s lifeguards have ended their season, the bathrooms at township beaches will remain open through Sept. 19, Bergin said.