New Jersey trying to write public waterways access into law

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AP / NEW JERSEY 101.5 – Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is trying to enshrine in law the public’s right to access waterways and shorelines.

A state Assembly committee advanced bills Monday that would expressly require the state’s Public Trust Doctrine to be applied to coastal development, protection and funding issues.

The doctrine holds that the state’s waterways including the ocean, bays and rivers are common property held in trust by the state for the use of all people …

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