More access vs lower costs in New Jersey beach access debate

(Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

(Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

A task force divided between business and environmental interests wants New Jersey to adopt more public access points to the state’s shorelines, but also limit costs for businesses and property owners.

The group will present its report to a state Senate committee on Monday, but unveiled some of its recommendations on Thursday.

They include returning to the state’s previous requirement of public access points every quarter-mile instead of the present half-mile standard.

Another proposal would let communities use money from beach fees to expand public access points away from beaches in spots where anglers can access the water.

A suggestion from the business side of the panel would exempt utilities and some industry that bar public access on safety grounds from having to fund access points elsewhere.

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