Group Calls For Stronger, Not Weaker, Beach Access Rules In New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – An environmental group Wednesday presented the New Jersey governor’s office with more than 1,000 postcards calling for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to back off plans to revise beach access rules in the state.

The Surfrider Foundation, based in California, put the postcard campaign together.

John Weber, the group’s regional spokesman, says allowing towns to develop their own beach access plans just won’t work.

“Historically, if anyone’s going to restrict beach access in New Jersey, it’s been a town,” he told KYW Newsradio.

The DEP plans to link each town’s ranking on a funding list for beach replenishment to the town’s compliance with access rules.

But Weber notes that’s not in writing.

DEP advisor Ray Cantor concedes that, although he notes that the old rules had a direct link that was thrown out in court.

“The courts held that the department does not have the legal authority to tie beach replenishment funding to providing access. That is up to the legislature,” Cantor says.

But proposed changes in the New Jersey legislature haven’t gotten very far.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. kelprod says:

    I hate the Jersey shore and avoid it totally. However, the beach belongs to the residents of the state and access should be open, easy and free. I have nothing positive to say about the Jersey shore (and I mean nothing) and the fact that towns have “beach tags” just adds to my reasons for staying the heck away.

  2. bottomline says:

    Watch out Jersey, the business biggies are trying to pave a back door to your beaches. Ray Cantor should take a long walk off a short pier.

  3. itz says:

    The beach, every single inch of it belongs to the residents of the State of NJ. That means open access to the beach, no condos blocking access, no private drives and no fences, no surf side mini mansions for the very well healed. O
    Open access. Don’t like it.. move.

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