Surfrider Foundation volunteer attorney Andrew Chambarry has written to the NJ DEP with this letter – https://jerseyshore.surfrider.org/letter-deal-ordinance-1239-permit-parking/
As you can see, this ordinance, if passed, may possibly violate the Public Trust Doctrine and also Executive Order #143 issued by Governor Murphy regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Chapter plans to fight this on the local and the state level. We need NJ DEP to support public access to beaches.
ROUND 3 – In April of 2017, an ordinance very similar to the previously defeated ones was introduced in Deal. This version said you need a parking permit, but anyone could get the parking permit…for $100. Chapter post about it here. Ordinance 1143 was defeated and there are some juicy details here.
ROUND 2 – In June of 2016, Deal tried a slightly version of restricted parking. Only this time they wanted to do resident-permit parking certain streets all near the ocean via ordinance 1134. The website post about that is here. We were successful in beating that one back too.
ROUND 1 – In October of 2015, the Borough of Deal proposed an ordinance for resident-only permit parking just months after the town got tens of millions of dollars worth of beach replenishment from the federal government. Read the post on this website about it here.
Deal is a haven for surfers since the town does not allow swimming on most of its beaches. Surfrider Foundation sued the town in the 1990’s for ticketing surfers under their no swimming ordinance. Our successful suit had the town change their ordinance when the judge declared that surfing was not swimming.
Deal is also a destination for anglers because the numerous man-made groins and rock piles attract fish, although many are not buried beneath the recent beachfill of 2015.
Surfrider sprung into action in opposition of this ordinance with many people attending the meeting of the Deal Borough Council to speak against it.
We are proud to say that the ordinance was ultimately tabled and victory was declared. Post on this website about that victory here – https://jerseyshore.surfrider.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=3995&action=edit