The Borough of Deal has 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.
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 has sprung into action by making the Town aware of the lawsuit from the 1990’s, we have drafted a letter to be signed by other groups concerned with beach access, and we are supporting and circulating this electronic petition started independently by a Surfrider Foundation member. We have also been in contact with State Assembly and State Senate offices, as well as Congressman Frank Pallone’s office and the NJ DEP.
We are strongly encouraging people to attend the October 9th meeting of the Mayor and Commissioners of Deal held at 9AM! 190 Norwood Ave, Deal, NJ. We will be asking the Mayor to rescind their ordinance.