Improving Public Access to the New Jersey Shoreline

by Karen J. Kominsky, New Jersey Div of Coastal Resources, Trenton, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The New Jersey ocean beaches provide enjoyable recreational opportunities for residents of and visitors to the state. The state's second largest industry, tourism, is dependent on the use of coastal beaches. However, not all beaches are open to the public. The New Jersey shoreline is characterized by differing degrees of development and ownership. These differing conditions create a major issue for those who live, work and visit the coast: the availability of public access. This issue has become increasingly important in the past three decades as highway construction, improved transportation and increased affluence have made it easier for people to go to the beaches.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Public opinion and participation | Ocean engineering | Beaches | Water-based recreation | Shoreline protection | Land use | New Jersey | United States

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