When the annual beach stickers go on sale in Dartmouth next month, it will cost a wee bit more than last year to obtain one. Town officials say the price increase was necessary to pay higher wages to lifeguards and beach supervisors. The pay increases were approved by the Fall Town Meeting last year.

Town Recreation Coordinator Rebecca Amaral told Dartmouth Week wages had to be increased to attract enough staff to fill positions at the beaches.

"Last year, we were really low and couldn't get the staffing," she told Dartmouth Week.

Amaral said the wage hikes make Dartmouth "more comparable to other towns."

Lifeguards will now receive $18 per hour, up from $15.50. Supervisors' pay increases from $17.50 to $20 per hour.

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Amaral said more applicants have expressed interest in the positions since the pay increased, but it's likely there will still be vacancies this summer.

According to the town's website, beach stickers will be available for purchase beginning May 9. Stickers can be obtained at the Parks and Recreation office at Dartmouth Town Hall Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Proof of residency (a valid vehicle registration and license) is required to purchase a beach sticker. Only town residents and property or business taxpayers of Dartmouth are eligible to buy a beach sticker. Day passes for Jones Park and Apponagansett Park are available for $10 per day.

The beach stickers are good for admission to nine town parks and beaches. A complete listing of beach pass fees and beach sticker rules and regulations are listed online.

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