: We Don't Need No Stinking Badges, On Thursday's In Beach Haven!

We Don't Need No Stinking Badges, On Thursday's In Beach Haven!

Tomorrow, Thursday and for the 2 additional Thursday’s through the Labor Day 2009 weekend, ‘we don’t need no stinking badges!’
The Borough of Beach Haven, on Long Beach Island, is making a last ditch effort to attract day trippers and mainland locals to the lovely beaches of this southern Long Beach Island community.

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Thursday’s will be FREE BEACH DAYS in Beach Haven!  No (stinking) badges required.  It’s an effort to draw beach goers to the southern end of Long Beach Island to spend money they might have spent on a badge elsewhere in the community.
Most mainland locals, me included, don’t travel far during the summer months once we cross the Route 72 Causeway to the Island.  We tend to buy season beach passes in Ship Bottom, Surf City and Long Beach Township.  That way we cross the bridge, park the car and we’re on the beach!
Beach Haven Commissioners are hoping these free Thursdays will not only encourage visitors to drive the Boulevard south, but give badge checkers, who are mostly college students, a needed day off. 

Additional Long Beach Island info you might find helpful:

(The free beach Thursday’s (8/20, 8/27 and 9/3) applies only to the Beach Haven beachfront from 12th Street to Nelson Avenue. )     


Comment balloon 11 commentsLaura Giannotta • August 19 2009 06:42AM


What is your season?  Do the public schools open before Labor Day?  I find it interesting how different states have different opening and closing seasons for schools. In Michigan there is a state law that dictates school season, based on tourism.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 9 years ago

Laura, I would gladly wear a badge, stinking or not, if the beach were close enough to visit.  I am in awe of you right now, drive down and there it is, the beach.  What a picture that is in my mindseye!  Enjoy!

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 9 years ago

Cindy, public school almost always starts after Labor Day.  But I don't have kids, and it's been a few (LOL) years since I was in school!

Gail, it's funny how you just start to take it for granted.  I rarely go over to the Island in the summer, usually just when I have guests.  The best time is the end of September, the water's still warm and the crowds are gone!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 9 years ago

While Jersey might get some bad raps every now and then, one thing I can say for certain is that their beaches are absolutely beautiful...and they're now even more beautiful on Thursdays!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 9 years ago


We used to vacation on Long Beach Island when I was a kid. Mistily we rented a cottage in Surf City but I fondly remember Beach Haven!

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Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Laura - now that is something I would definitely do, on a Thursday, or anyday!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

Morning Laura,

We may live in Paradise now, but we still miss the "Shore" during the summer months.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Craig, we do get a bad rap!  But hey we're tough, we're from Jersey!  LOL

Thanks Richard, I usually go to Ship Bottom right next to Surf City!  But Beach Haven has the amusement park!!

Mike, come on up!!

Hey Hal, your Jersey's showing!  "down the shore"!!  LOL

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 9 years ago

Jersey is the garden state and I have visited often and I know why it got this nick-name. It is lovely! The free beach days should do the job of attracting more visitors. If I lived closer I would be there too!



Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 9 years ago

Sounds like a good idea to me. We don't need passes or anything for the beach here, but I can see where in a place that you do need one, why not requiring then at certain beaches would draw a crowd.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Free Beach Days - how did I miss that? 

I love your "no stinkin badges required" comment.  That is the way they should have promoted the Long Beach Island special.  I think that would have been perfect. 

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) about 9 years ago