A Jersey shore town denies it tried to limit access to its newly replenished beaches by restricting nearby parking to residents-only.
Deal withdrew a proposed parking ordinance Friday that would have given residents of six streets nearest some of its beaches permits to display in their cars.
All other parking on those streets would have been prohibited.
Mayor Morris Ades says the town was simply trying to help oceanfront residents who complained about not being able to park in front of their homes this summer.
But a large crowd of beach access advocates, surfers and visitors denounced the town’s attempt to limit parking, calling it selfish and illegal.
Ades says Deal will try to find a better solution.
The $40 million beach widening was paid for by federal taxpayers.