Today the Wildwood City Commission passed a resolution authorizing a referendum on the implementation of a beach tag fee program. The referendum is scheduled for Tuesday March 5, 2013.
"The rising maintenance costs for quality beaches and seasonal staffing is being felt by the City's property owners," said Commissioner Pete Bryon. "While beach tags are required in most New Jersey coastline municipalities, the City of Wildwood has been able to defer a similar measure until now."
A beach tag fee program is projected to bring in at least $1,000,000.00 in revenues. The new revenue will help slow the increasing financial burden placed on City property owners. Proceeds from the beach tag fee program will offset seasonal maintenance and staffing costs, such as funding for lifeguards, police protection and litter collection.
"We are extremely proud of our beaches and the experiences they provide beach goers," stated Mayor Ernie Troiano. "The City has received a number of very prestigious recognitions such as voted among the "Best Family Beaches" by the Marine Science Consortium and included in the Travel Channels list of America's Best Beaches. We want to strive to maintain the highest quality for both our residents and visitors."
"We firmly believe this important decision is one that the community wants to participate in," said Commissioner Anthony Leonetti. "It is a significant proposal that we hope property owners see as beneficial to the City. We look forward to working with the residents for a successful 2013."
If approved, daily, three day, weekly, and seasonal tags would be available for purchase at key locations throughout the City and at City Hall. Children 12 and under would be free as well as active members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard with proof of active service status.
Additionally, the City is proposing to offer discounts if seasonal passes are purchased on or before April 1, 2013.
Wildwood is renowned for its world-famous two-mile boardwalk and expansive white-sand beaches. The City of Wildwood was incorporated in 1912 and is situated on a barrier island comprised of five separate municipalities consisting of Wildwood, North Wildwood, West Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Diamond Beach which is governed by Lower Township.