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Fee Proposal Sparks Backlash from Boaters

The State Department of Environmental Protection's plan to impose a $3 fee for use of the walkway that allows access to Island Beach State park from Tice's Shoal is prompting backlash from boaters.

DEP spokesman Larry Hajna says the money would be used to pay for lifeguards, which would in turn allow the park to open more beach area for public use

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Paul Jeffrey, President, Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association (Townsquare Media)
Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association President Paul Jeffrey (Photo Credit: Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)
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A Protection Proposal for Ortley Beach

As more and more towns question or even opt out of the state's dune replenishment plan, one Toms River community is proposing a storm protection alternative.

Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association President Paul Jeffrey says his com

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Sierra Club Appeals Bypass Road Through Lacey Rail Trail

The New Jersey Sierra Club is seeking an injunction to stop work on a bypass road through the Lacey Rail Trail to alleviate traffic on Route 9 while it appeals the state Department of Environmental Protection's approval of the project, according to the group's Director Jeff Tittel. 

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NJ DEP Sends Out Letter Asking Shore Residents to Sign Easements [AUDIO]

Many homeowners along the Jersey Shore are the recipients of a letter from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin explaining the importance of creating a dune system and the need for easements to be signed by all oceanfront homes.

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Brick Community Gets Visit From DEP To Address Noise From Widening Project

A Brick Township community enduring a battle with noise and pollution from the Parkway Widening Project could get closer to relief with a visit from a representative from the Department of Environmental Protection at the beginning of June.

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Public Hearing On Making Red Tape Cutting Measures Permanent

After Superstorm Sandy, Governor Christie enacted a series of measures to cut red tape to obtain numerous state permits for rebuilding projects, the state is trying to make the changes permanent.

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Jerome Renner and Sergeant Robert Aponte both of the Division of State Police Office of Emergency Management, Paul Baldauf, Director of the Division of Environmental Safety and Health; Patrick Mulligan, spokesperson for the state Department of Environmental Protection and Manager of the Bureau of Nuclear Engineering; and Jeff Winegar of the Department of Health and Senior Services hear comment from Paula Gotsch of Brick (Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)
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State Discusses It’s Nuclear Emergency Response Plan

If a nuclear disaster strikes, the State's Nuclear Emergency Plan is there to make sure the public is safe.

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Island Beach State Park
Island Beach State Park (Facebook via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)
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Water Better Than Expected At Shore

The recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council may have presented a grim picture of the water in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, but according to a state environmental expert the majority of the damage is done by two main offenders.

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Crowd in Long Branch During DEP Beach Access Public Hearing
Crowd in Long Branch During DEP Beach Access Public Hearing (Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)
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Beach Access Continues To Draw Ire

Fishermen, environmentalists, and advocates showed up in Long Branch for the second public hearing on the Department of Environmental Protection's proposed beach access rules for the state.

The proposed amendments delegate more power to municipalities in terms of ensuring compliance of public beach access regulations, however many of members who came out to the meeting in Long Branch felt they were getting ignored in favor of wealthier ocean front property owners and township officials

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NJ Supreme Court Denies Black Bear Hunt Challenge

The lawsuit to stop the annual hunting of black bears in New Jersey ends at the top. The New Jersey Supreme Court today denied the action, but advocates say they're not finished.

The Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education and Resource Group brought the action after officials in the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife deemed an annual hunt necessary to contain the bear population

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