AVALON, NJ (CBS) — Between high gas prices and a still fragile economy, many of us are choosing to cut back on vacations again. And that–around here anyway–is good news for beach destinations in New Jersey.

If early beach tag sales are any indication, this could well be a banner summer down the shore. According to a study by the Press of Atlantic City, they’re up an average of 3%.

On the high end of that is Avalon, where beach tag sales are up a hefty 9%. Borough spokesman Scott Wahl says they put the tags on sale a little early, and that helped a lot.

“An extra 200 grand that weekend alone. They should make just under a million dollars for the season, and that money goes to keep the beaches open with lifeguards and such,” Wahl says.

Sea Isle City sales are reported up 6%, while Ventnor’s are flat. Margate’s are down less than one percent.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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