Anyone who recently purchased a 2014 beach sticker may notice something different about it this year: it has a bar code.
In the area where the town used to use permanent marker to write in the license plate of the car in intended for the beach sticker, there is now a bar code.
There was talk last year about having the harbormaster’s department buy equipment to scan stickers on vehicles as they entered the beach to get a more accurate count of over-sand users, but that plan won’t be happening this year.
“The bar code was originally meant to track the sale of stickers, but we are not able to move forward with that this year,” explained Town Manager René Read.
Next year, beach stickers could change even more, Read said. He is investigating creating a sticker embedded with a magnetic chip, an RFID, that, like a toll road E-Z Pass, could count vehicles entering and exiting the beach. Read said this type of sticker is used on beaches in Florida.