The NJ DEP has proposed new procedures involving beach access that would let individual towns determine their own beach access plans. In the past, the state regulated access, requiring 24/7 beach access and a specific number of bathrooms for each town’s beaches in order for the town to qualify for beach replenishment funding.
The threat is that wealthier towns – and those less dependent on tourism dollars – in Ocean and Monmouth Counties will further restrict beach access, leaving surf fishermen high and dry.
The fourth and final hearing will be held at 7:00 pm today, Thursday, in Brant Beach on Long Beach Island. Fishermen are being encouraged to attend and let their voices be heard.
Read more about the issue HERE