Newly fenced beach-front property in Deal infuriates local surfers

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A newly erected fence is making waves with surfers in the borough of Deal.

The surfers claim that Alice Hedaya, of Brooklyn, fenced property surfers have been using for more than 20 years to get to Colt?s Beach. The surfers say this is one in a slew of insults meant to discourage them from using the surfing hot spot. They were already angered when the borough removed beach access signs and trash cans from the beach. Borough administrator Jim Rogers says the surfers are making too much of nothing, adding they can still find plenty of free parking and can still walk through the opening and fence to get to the beach.

Two years ago Hedaya was fined $15,000 by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for destroying a dune on the property without the department?s permission. The DEP plans to inspect the fence to make sure it meets the department?s regulations.

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