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.
We are proud to say that the ordinance was ultimately tabled and victory was declared.