Newly formed committee to recommend new beach access rules

Environmentalists and business leaders will try to agree on what New Jersey’s beach access regulations should look like.

State Sen. Bob Smith, a Middlesex County Democrat, appointed a committee Monday to study the state’s coastal access rules and recommend ways to make them better.

The issue has been fought over for years; some shore towns use the lack of parking and restrooms to discourage outsiders from using their beaches.

The right to access river shorelines in heavily developed urban areas is also part of the discussion.

The group will include representatives of the American Littoral Society; NY/NJ Baykeeper; the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the state Business And industry Association.

The recommendations will be presented to the Legislature by April 25.

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