RAW DEAL: JERSEY LOCALS FEAR GETTING BARRED FROM BEACH - SMALL TOWN TAKES ON SURFERS IN BATTLE FOR THE BEACH
Deal, New Jersey, a little beach town in the northern part of the state, just tried to make itself a tidy $1 million by selling off the end of a street that accesses the beach. A developer thought where the beach meets Neptune Ave would make for a nice little building project. So he decided to buy that street end from Deal.
But surfers access the beach through that road. And if private owners are able to buy up beach access points for their own developments, they could potentially block access to those beaches. You see the issue here.
The American Littoral Society has filed a lawsuit against Deal, hoping to preserve that beach access for everybody.
“In the 1850s, our courts recognized the value of street ends in providing the public access to the shore,” said Andrew Provence, the lawyer for the Littoral Society, in a story at The Mercury. “It is important to fight this new notion that street ends … can be vacated for the right price.”
Deal insists that no barrier would be erected to prevent surfers, anglers, beachcombers, kite flyers, whatever, from getting to the beach from Neptune Ave.
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