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State: Towns would feel the consequence of denying beach access

In response to a blog item on the beach-access issue, we got a call from Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

State: Towns would feel the consequence of denying beach access

In response to a blog item on the beach-access issue, we got a call from Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

He correctly notes that the Christie administration’s effort to revise access regulations comes after a court ruling that threw out the “one-size-fits-all” regs imposed on beach towns during the Corzine years.

Avalon successfully sued the DEP in Superior Court in 2007 to overturn access rules the borough termed “onerous.”

Ragonese said the proposed new regulations would require any New Jersey town with tidal waters — along the Atlantic and Delaware Bay coasts — to submit a precise plan to the DEP that would be scrutinized by regulators to ensure the waterfront was accessible to beach-goers, anglers and others.

If a municipality didn’t submit a plan or provided inadequate access points, he said, it could be refused permits and state funds.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Reach The Downashore at arosenberg@phillynews.com.

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