Making the public welcome on New Jersey’s beaches and waterfronts

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Legislature is once again trying to guarantee the public’s access to beaches and waterfronts in New Jersey.

Taking up a bill (S-1074) that died in the previous session, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced a measure that would enshrine in state law the public trust doctrine, a common-law principle that stipulates natural resources such as tidal waters and the shoreline are preserved for public use.

The concept has longs been advocated by conservationists, but it has yet to be codified into state law. The principle has been endorsed a special task force comprising conservation groups and business interests appointed by Sen. Bob Smith, the chairman of the committee, to look into the issue …

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