TRENTON -- It will cost more to dig your toes into the sand at two South Jersey beaches this summer.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that Stone Harbor's borough council will vote on a $1 increase for beach tags at Tuesday's meeting, while Avalon approved an increase at its council meeting on Nov. 22.

The agenda for the Stone Harbor meeting was not yet posted on the borough website but Jim Craft, chief financial officer for both Avalon and Stone Harbor, told the Avalon council on Nov. 9 that the cost of tags would be going up for 2017 in both boroughs. Craft expects an additional $34,000 in revenue to be generated from the increase.

A beach tag for Avalon's Seven Mile Beach will cost $28 for the season, $12 weekly and $6 daily, according to the borough website, while season tags purchased before May 31 are $23. Stone Harbor tags go on sale in March.

Avalon's council approved selling tags electronically via an app in 2017. Craft said Ventnor and Asbury Park sold a combined 15,700 tags last season using an app called Viply without any complaints about the system. A code is presented to tag sellers to get an actual tag to wear.

Sea Isle City will also sell tags using a vending machine in addition to using the same app, according to the report.

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