Judicial Solutions to Beach Access Problems in New Jersey

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by Alex W. Wypyszinski, Rutgers Univ, New Brunswick, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Legal doctrines notwithstanding, access to public trust beach is still, in many locations, inconvenient, expensive, or impossible. Private property signs containing threats of fines or imprisonment for violations have sprouted along the coast. Fences and walls block fishermen from ancient public rights of way and from groins and jetties built with public funds. High beach fees, restrictive parking ordinances, limited bathhouse and restroom facilities and even prohibition of food and beverages are commonplace along the New Jersey coast. The State Public Advocate has been instrumental in advancing the right of the majority of citizens to beach access through the judicial system, but the other branches of state government have been less vigorous in enforcement of judicially determined rights and in providing legislative definition of those rights.

Subject Headings: Beaches | Coastal management | Legislation | Parking facilities | Legal affairs | Public participation | Fences | New Jersey | North America | United States

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