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State Officials Approve New Beach Access Rules

The rules side with special interests by blocking access to beaches and waterfronts, Sierra Club says.

State environmental officials have approved a revision of the state's public access rules for beaches, bays and tidal waterways, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says the new rules maintain existing public access, while granting more power to local communities to write their own access plans, subject to state approval, the AP reported. The Public Access Rule was signed Wednesday, and will take effect Nov. 5.

Jeff Tittel, head of the Sierra Club's New Jersey chapter, wrote a blog post for Patch Friday saying the rules "side with special interests by blocking people from getting proper access to beaches and waterfronts."

"When they first proposed the rule it was a major roll back of our public access.  With each new change to the rules they are cutting access even more," he wrote. "This is part of the overall chipping away at the Public Trust doctrine and the right of the people of New Jersey to access our waterways."

He also said that allowing municipalities to plan public access "will let the towns do whatever they please instead of providing the necessary access. These rules will be open for political games and subject to abuse."

For more information, see the Associated Press story here: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20121004_ap_njofficialsapprovenewbeachaccessrules.html

Tittel's Patch blog can be found here: http://manasquan.patch.com/blog_posts/anti-beach-access-rules-finalized.

Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 08, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Nobody is arguing against replenishment - what is argued is expense of public funds and the access to the newly created public lands. Public Lands Trust doctrine is at issue.
Dominick Palermo October 09, 2012 at 12:12 PM
To all the people who say " i i dont want my tax dollars going to the beaches Well i dont want my tax dollar going to illegals -- or going to hospitals for healthcare for illegals or going for welfare for illegals or supplemental SSI for illegals -------but guess what it is ----So put your BIg Boy pants on and get used to it
Sal Sorce October 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Speaking of "access" About 4:40 PM I chose to take the WARETOWN EXIT 69 ON THE SOUTH BOUND TOLL PLAZA ... TRIED AS I DID THE COINS WERE OVERFLOWING THE THROAT OF THE DAMN THING ... GOT OUT AND TRIED TO UNJAM THE MASS OF MIXED COINS ... SOMEONE EVEN WROTE IN MARKER 'FIX ME" HAVING AN INCIDENT EARLIER THIS YEAR I CALLED THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY AT 732-590-5300 THE WOMAN SHERYL WAS EXTREMELY CORDIAL AND TOOK MY PLATE NUMBER, TYPE OF CAR AND PHONE NUMBER-- DO MENTION THE TIME AND TOLL EXIT AS THEY CAN OR WILL ATTEMPT TO INVESTIGATE OR STOP ANY SUMMONS FROM REACHING YOU ... THE STATE GOVERNMENT MUST WORRY ABOUT ACCESS TO OUR TOWNS NOW THAT THEY HAVE A "DRACONIAN" CONTROL OF OUR MAIN COMMUTING ROADS ... GOT BETTER SERVICE WHEN THEY WERE A MERE DIME PER ... WHAT'S NEXT TOLL BOOTHS ON THE BEACH?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
It's funny you bring that up - on the way to the "Editorial Board Review" for the candidates in our district today at the Asbury Park Press, I entered the parkway at the Route 70 exit in Brick - NO HUMAN BEINGS IN SITE - just three orange cones, and an easy pass or exact change lane. I have had tickets issued on booths where I have had a human toll take give me a receipt - it was wrongly time stamped. I have since come to know that some less than ethical persons punch receipts on cash sales when not asked, then hold them in their hand until a person asks for a receipt - they then hand them the evidence that they passed through the toll, and then "violate" the driver with a camera - with the intent, apparently, that, since they have the receipt, they will fight the ticket and not notice the skimmed dollar in the booth. Meanwhile - do that 20 times an hours, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year - that's 40 grand stolen, with receipts given. If there is no human collector, the toll should not be charged. No "envelopes" Have you ever seen the coin box at the Newark entrance at South Orange Avenue? It took shoving 4 bucks worth of quarters before it recorded the toll as paid. Fraud, fraud, fraud....(and, yes, we're already working on THAT one, too - I have a retired insider on board.)
jenna 3 October 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
really.. do you understand all the service we already are paying for? our school buses from our town picking up seniors citizens ( sometimes just one person at a time) during the day picking them up at the mall & taking them wherever they need to be... the cost of fuel alone , salary of paying someone & insurance to drive 1 person on a large bus.... all coming out of our taxes that the seniors do not contribute to, nor will they EVER vote for a school budget. Personally would rather see our beaches cleaned up where EVERYONE can enjoy them not to service that is age discrimination program ( sorry but if any of us called Brick transportation & asked for a free ride to the mall we would be laughed at)

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