Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 3:08 pm | Updated: 3:04 pm, Tue Jan 4, 2011.
A new poll finds most New Jerseyans want shore towns that get public money for beach replenishment to offer better public access to those newly widened beaches.
The state Department of Environmental Protection plans to issue new beach access rules later this month, designed to balance the public’s right to use beaches against the cost to towns and property owners of providing public access.
A Rutgers-Eagleton survey paid for by the Surfrider Foundation, a beach access group, found more than 82 percent of those surveyed want towns that get beach replenishment funds to provide better public access.
The proposed rules currently under legal review by the DEP contain no such requirement.
“The real solution here is for the state legislature to take this up and pass a law relating to beach access,” said John Weber, the Surfrider Foundation’s northeast regional manager.
Surfers urge Gov. Christie to change his position on issue.
More than eight out of ten New Jerseyans agree that when the government funds beach replenishment in shore towns that have limited beach access, they should be required to improve visitor access, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Center for Public Interest poll made public Tuesday.
In all, 82.1 percent of adults support an improved access requirement, 10.6 percent oppose it, and 7.3 percent are unsure.
The poll was conducted earlier this month on behalf of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider Foundation’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation’s 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts.
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Advocates laud halt of LNG proposal; ASIG suspends project due to Gulf oil spill fallout
Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, which led opposition to the project it labeled “Insanity Island,” said last week that she thinks public opinion played a large role in the company’s decision.
“I think it was that they were reading the public sentiment and that we have a governor who holds a veto pen and says he doesn’t support LNG; those are not very hard signs to read.
“I can’t see many of the factors that they used wisely to make their decision to withdraw their application changing anytime soon. Public opinion is going to be in opposition because this project makes no public sense.”
Zipf and other local environmental groups, including Surfrider Foundation and the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, lauded the decision in a press release.
Update: Extraordinary Victory for the ocean! Governor Christie Rejects Dirty Fossil Fuels in the Ocean
Earth Day 2010 marked a new day for the ocean. NJ Governor Christie came to the Jersey Shore, joined by former NJ Governor Tom Kean, and announced his steadfast opposition to any Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities and any Offshore Drilling that could adversely affect New Jersey waters. The crowd of 150 ocean friends was jubilant. Governor Tom Kean was governor during the devastating summers of 1987 and 1988 when medical waste, dolphins, and raw sewage washed ashore. Governor Kean launched the first wave of ocean protection and over the years, with grit and determination, ocean water quality became cleaner, ocean dumping ended, and the ocean’s health vastly improved.
Today there is a new assault of dirty fossil fuel industries lurking off our shores. Governor Christies’ bold and crystal clear promise at the press conference rejects this new industrial assault: “The future of our shore, the future of our children to enjoy our beaches in the same way that I got to enjoy them, is more important than any project regarding liquefied natural gas…that’s why I’m confident in announcing that decision today on Earth Day and it is a decision that I will stand by every day that I am Governor of the State of New Jersey.”
Governor Christie’s declaration was an act of swift, firm, and outstanding leadership. He kept his campaign promises on these issues within his first 100 days. Truly a remarkable victory for the ocean thanks to Governor Christie.
Above is a statement of Cindy Zipf Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action