Legislation introduced by Sen. Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove to exempt disabled veterans from paying beach buggy permit fees has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.
“First and foremost, we want to thank our constituent, Mr. Joseph Dolobacs, who brought this issue to our attention as part of his continuing efforts to advocate on behalf of his fellow veterans,” reads a joint statement from the 9th District lawmakers, all of whom are on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee.
They added, “This means a great deal to those disabled veterans who participate in this recreational activity where permitted along New Jersey’s scenic coastline. Aside from the financial benefit of being exempted from the permit, this law represents meaningful gesture of respect by the State recognizing the service and sacrifice of these disabled veterans.
“Also, we want to express our sincere gratitude to legislative colleagues on both sides of aisle who supported this veterans’ initiative that we are proud to say passed both Houses of the Legislature unanimously.”
Some communities on Long Beach Island already allow veterans, disabled or not, to drive the beach for free. Check with individual municipalities to learn which towns waive beach buggy permits for all vets.