Members of the Jersey Shore Surfrider chapter were in attendance on Tuesday, October 6th at the Municipal Beach in Sea Bright to hear from elected officials who are calling on Governor Christie to veto a proposal to build a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) port off the coast of Long Branch. There will be one final public hearing sometime before the end of 2015.
Congratulation folks, we beat back a plan to create permit-only parking near the beach in Deal where only the residents of those street could get the permits.
Brian Donohue of NJ Advance Media has done it again, with a hilarious video and a great article full of useful links.
It’s on the Deal beach access and parking issue of course.
Below is a link to Public Access Plan for the beaches from Loch Arbour to Elberon in Monmouth County. This Army Corps of Engineers document assesses access as of 2014 and it also covers what is expected of oceanfront towns in terms of providing parking and access to public beaches. Below is a link to the full PDF document:
And here are the Army Corps regulations for beachfills in general which includes information on parking and public access. The full pdf is 34 pages long but beach fees, and parking are mentioned on page 12 and 13.
This is a link to the regulations that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have when it comes to beaches that have been replenished. A snapshot of these regulations shows the section covering parking, where it clearly states,
“Lack of sufficient parking facilities for the general public (including non-resident users) located reasonably nearby, and with reasonable public access to the project, will constitute de
facto restriction on public use, thereby precluding eligibility for Federal participation. Generally, parking on free or reasonable terms should be available within a reasonable walking distance of the beach.”
The Deal parking restrictions seem to violate this regulation should it go through.