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
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.
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
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.
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.