A proposed bill which underwent discussion Thursday in Toms River seeks to expand public access to beaches and waterways across the state. While mixed reaction was the verdict at the meeting finding a utilitarian solution is something lawmakers are working on.
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...
Superstorm Sandy annihilated the Belmar Boardwalk. Now there are plans to rebuild it. The money has to come somewhere. Rather than raising taxes for residents in the Borough, it may soon cost you more to access the beach, especially next next season.
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 wer