State Passes Public Beach Access Legislation

Governor Murphy signed legislation on May 3 that upholds the public trust doctrine, a principle that establishes that the state’s tidal waters and adjacent shorelines belong to the public to be used for navigation, commerce, recreation, including bathing, swimming, and fishing. The Partnership served on the State’s Public Access Task Force and followed the legislative proposal to final passage. The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) requires public access for beach replenishment eligibility. Stronger support on the State level for public access will strengthen our partnership with the Corps in our shared commitment to preserve and protect our beaches for the public’s use.

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