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)
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.
There is a bill in the NJ Legislature that would double the amount of money that would go to beach replenishment from $25 million to $50 million. This money comes from the Realty Transfer Taxes. Please take a minute and email your state officials by clicking this Action Alert here.
Back in the 1990’s, the Chapter challenged Deal’s ordinance whereby they were ticketing surfers. As part of that effort we took a cursory look at the street ends in Deal that we think were vacated by the town. We believe these street ends were given to the adjacent property owners but this needs more investigation. Here is the memo from the 1990’s looking into the issue as a pdf