New Jersey: Your public beach access is at risk! The “public access bill” (S-2470/A4092.), which would codify and establish the public trust doctrine, is being held up by lobbyists!
The public trust doctrine states that the public has a legal right to enjoy the state’s tidal waters and adjacent shorelines.
The best way to get S-2470/A4092 moving is to contact your State Representatives and have them ask the Committee Chairmen to schedule the Bill for consideration!
Here are the Committee Chairmen’s contact info:
Senator Paul A. Sarlo (D)
DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:
496 Columbia Blvd. – 1st Floor
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075
PHONE NUMBER: (201) 804-8118
Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D)
DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:
205 Robin Rd. – Suite 222
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 576-9199 (Paramus)
(973) 928-6256 (Lodi)
Due to inclement weather conditions, the Jersey Shore monthly Chapter meeting will be postponed. Instead of meeting tonight, we will meet next Thursday, February 16th from 6:30-8:00 PM at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ. Same time and place.
We hope to see everyone at that meeting and that you all stay safe on the roads today!
A bill in the NJ Senate would finally codify certain aspects of public access to NJ’s waterways. The last two Governor’s have created rules for this type of access that have been thrown out in court. We have said all along that the Legislature, the lawmakers could take on this issue and settle it. This is a good first step.
Whelp, we’ve known this will be coming since Hurricane Sandy. The contract has been awarded for beachfill from Point Pleasant down to the edge of Island Beach State Park despite many property owners not signing easements for construction. Full article below.