Beach tags sales are off this year compared to previous years when they had trended upwards.

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One reason being given is that visitors were wary of buying ahead of time following hurricane Sandy. Others argue that the wet weather which started the beach season is as much to blame.

Surf City sold 12,164 badges as of June 1 this year, but had sold 14,042 as of June 1 last year. That's a 13 percent drop.

Sea Isle City, which raised its fee this year, sold 42,919 beach badges as of June 1, 9 percent fewer than the 47,412 it had sold by that point last year.

Avalon sold 32,025 badges as of June 1 this year, a 9 percent drop from the 35,307 sold last year by then.

Cape May upped its daily badges from 5 dollars to 6 dollars and seasonal badges from 25 dollars to 28.