August 15, 2011

Along the Jersey Shore, a Struggle to Get to the Sand

Visitors in Sea Bright sit on a public beach and heed a sign's warning.

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA,New York Times, August 12, 2011. SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — If you find the rare parking spot here, and climb one of the few public stairways over the seawall to a crowded patch of sand, you might notice a nearly empty expanse of beach nearby, beyond a “no trespassing” sign.

Step past the sign, and a young man might zoom up on an all-terrain vehicle to shoo you away
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June 28, 2011

Battle of the Beach Brews in the Jersey Shore

Officials are rewriting rules that could help well-to-do towns keep tourists off their beaches

By  WAYNE PARRY, AP, 6/26/2011

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New Jerseyans have to put up with taxes, tolls, toxic waste and, occasionally, Snooki. So an occasional trip to the beach is all that keeps some folks here sane.
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April 14, 2011

Press Calls New Access Rules a Major Setback!

Remove barriers to beach access

Apr 5, 2011 – Asbury Park Press Editoral (read article here) If the new “commonsense” proposed beach access rules unveiled by the state Monday withstand a round of public hearings and become codified in their current form, it will be a major setback

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April 4, 2011

New beach rules would let towns propose plans

DEP chief: There will be no loss of access

April 3, 2011; Asbury Park Press – Kirk Moore.  Read the story here.

Read the Associated Press story here and the Press of Atlantic City story here.

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March 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

N.J. environmental group wants proposed coastal access rules to allow urban residents use of bays, rivers

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 12:47 PM    By The Associated Press See the Star Ledger article here. Listen to the 101.5 story here.
Armando Fontoura stands along the banks of the Passaic River in Newark


NEWARK — Carol Johnston grew up in Newark, barely aware that it had a river.

“It was locked away behind dirty, rusty fences” or other barriers,” she said.

Yet like the state’s 127 miles of sandy ocean beaches, urban rivers and bays are supposed to be just as accessible to the public under the law.

But proposed changes to the state’s coastal access rules could have a big impact in urban and industrialized parts of the state, according to a coalition of environment and beach access groups who want the proposed rules to be improved. They say a rewrite of coastal access rules due out next month doesn’t ensure that the residents of poor or urban communities can fish, walk along or even look at rivers or bays.

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