Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beach access battle bounces back to NJ Legislature

On the first full weekend of summer at the Jersey shore, it seems fitting to note that the perennial battle of beach access continues unabated.

MaryAnn Spoto writes today for

Waterfront towns will continue to have little say over how the public accesses New Jersey's beaches and other waterways after the state's highest court let stand a ruling that wiped out a set of controversial environmental regulations.
With the New Jersey Supreme Court's refusal last week to hear an appeal in an ongoing battle over waterfront access, the state Department of Environmental Protection is not permitted to enforce a set of rules that gave towns a role in deciding how the public accesses the state's waterways.
This latest development, hailed by the environmental groups that brought the suit, now puts the focus on state lawmakers' efforts to address the decade-old issue.
"The legislature has to come up with a law directing what kind of rules (the DEP) can and cannot write," said Bill Sheehan, executive director of the Hackensack Riverkeeper. "That's what we wanted all along."
New law clarifies who has authority over N.J. waterfront access
The bill is in response to a Dec. 22 appellate court decision that sided with the Hackensack Riverkeeper and said the DEP doesn't have authority over public access to the state's waterfront areas because state law never gave the agency that power

Like this? Use form in upper right to receive free updates
See popular posts from the last 30 days in right column --- >>

Subscribe here to view all our YouTube videos

Repost this article