Free sunscreen in one South Jersey beach town

Avalon has set up a pair of locations near the beach where people can load up on SPF 30 sunscreen.

David Madden
June 01, 2018 - 9:30 pm
Avalon Sunscreen Dispenser

David Madden | KYW Newsradio

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AVALON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- One town at the Jersey Shore offers a little extra with your day on the beach. A chance to protect yourself against skin cancer. 
    
Avalon has set up a pair of locations near the beach where people can load up on SPF 30 sunscreen. A resident got the idea from, of all places, a Phillies TV broadcast.
    
"Mike Schmidt was talking about his battles with melanoma and how he wants to raise awareness of the threats of exposure to the sun, the importance of using sunscreen," borough Business Administrator Scott Wahl told KYW Newsradio, "and she provided us with the name of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation." 
    
They've already set up sunscreen pumps in several public places, including Citizens Bank Park.
    
"We put the first two sunscreen dispensers in very prominent locations," Wahl added. "One near the 30th Street beach access and the beach tag booth in Avalon, another one at a very popular park and playground on 39th Street."
    
There could be more, depending on how much use these stations get. The foundation paid for the equipment, but the borough is responsible for keeping those dispensers full.
    
Wahl says other towns down the shore have inquired about doing the same thing.