Poll: Improved beaches should be open to public

(AP) - Most New Jerseyans want shore townsthat get public money for beach replenishment to offer betterpublic access to those newly widened beaches.That's the finding

ATLANTIC CITY - (AP) - Most New Jerseyans want shore townsthat get public money for beach replenishment to offer betterpublic access to those newly widened beaches.

That's the finding of a new poll commissioned by anenvironmental group that favors increased beach access.

The state Department of Environmental Protection plans to issuenew beach access rules later this month. The goal is to balance thepublic's right to use beaches against the cost to towns andproperty owners of providing public access.

A Rutgers-Eagleton survey paid for by the nonprofit SurfriderFoundation finds 82 percent of those surveyed want towns that getbeach replenishment funds to provide better public access.

The proposed rules under review by the DEP contain no suchrequirement.

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