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April 26, 2011

Re:  DEP’s Proposed Public Access Rules

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed new public access rules that will have significant impacts for your municipality.  The rules involve a number of issues important to shore towns.

The DEP published the rules in the April 4, 2011 issue of the New Jersey Register and a courtesy copy is available on the DEP's website.

DEP has scheduled three public hearings to consider the proposal.  The first hearing is on May 12 at 11 a.m. at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.  The second hearing is on May 17 at 11 a.m., at Richard Stockton College in Pomona.  The third will be held on Monday May 23 from 1 p.m. at the Seaside Heights Borough Hall

Written comments may be submitted through June 3 to: N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Gary Brower, Esq., ATTN: DEP Docket No. 05-11-03, Office of Legal Affairs, 401 East State Street, 4th Floor, PO Box 402, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.

Attached is a copy of an article, previously published in the April 18, 2011 edition of the New Jersey Law Journal, which reviews the proposed rules.  Lewis Goldshore, Esq., the League’s environmental attorney, wrote the article.

We urge you to discuss the possible impact of these rules with your municipal attorney and environmental advisors.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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