Babylon Town is reducing the cost of an entry at Cedar Beach and Gilgo Beach for non-residents during weekday evenings, officials say.

Starting at 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, the price will drop from $20 to $10. And, as always, access to the beaches will become free beginning at 5 p.m.

Babylon Town Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez said the price reduction comes in response to the growing popularity of the town’s two beachside vendors Salt Shack (Cedar Beach) and Gilgo Beach Inn (Gilgo Beach.)

“These are two establishments that have become a go-to place for food and entertainment,” said Martinez. “They brought the idea to us as a way to reduce traffic on Ocean Parkway, where patrons were waiting until 5 p.m. to enter.”

The price change doesn’t affect weekend rates (Friday to Sunday) or holidays, which are $40 until 5 p.m. After that, entry becomes free as well.

Entry fees for the town beaches began this Friday. To purchase a day pass, Babylon Town will only be accepting credit cards for payments.

Babylon Town beach passes

For residents, Babylon Town beach permits are available, which gives access to the town’s three ocean beaches: Cedar Beach, Gilgo Beach, and Overlook Beach (residents only.)

The pass also gives access to the town’s two bay beaches Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst and Tanner Park in Copiague.

Permit fees are $45 for Town residents, $20 for senior citizens and $20 veterans and volunteer firefighters.

The permits can be purchased in the following places:

Babylon Town Parks Department at Phelps Park in North Babylon from May 24 through the end of June, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cedar Beach Marina from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tanner Park from June 29 to Labor Day weekend, daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Top: Cedar Beach’s beachside restaurant and concession, Salt Shack, during the evening (Credit: Facebook.)