N.J. proposes new beach access rules

 New Jersey officials today proposed allowing towns to develop their own plans to provide access to  beaches, bays and waterways. Those plans would then go to the Department of Environmental Protection for approval, said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

"The DEP will work with towns and cities to craft access plans that make local sense and protect the rights and needs of residents and businesses, instead of imposing one-size-fits-all, state-dictated access rules. The Department, however, still has final authority to approve any municipal access plans," Martin said. "The plans must ultimately meet the needs of the public.''

 The proposed rules changes will be the subject of public hearings later this year.