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.