Casey on News 12 6/22/2011

Teen's idea for free military beach access almost state law (06/10/11)

POINT PLEASANT - A Point Pleasant teenager's idea to salute U.S. troops at the Jersey Shore may soon become law.

Casey Loundy, 19, spearheaded a bill to score free beach access for military personnel, their families and veterans across the state. The bill has passed through both houses of the state Legislature, and now awaits approval from Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.).

Loundy says her idea, "Free Military Beaches", was a school project that gained momentum through her website and a News 12 New Jersey interview last year.

"I see military members on the boardwalk all the time and I want to be able to give back to them," she said. "I've gotten calls, emails from military families thanking me, and it just feels great."

Loundy has attended 15 town council meetings in nearby communities to get towns on board. She has also registered support from nearly 100 businesses that now offer military discounts.