New Jersey Beach Access in Peril
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