Editorial: NJ finally reaches a sensible consensus on beach access (for now)

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PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The state Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill making clear the public’s right to get to and enjoy beaches and riverfronts.

That right was long assumed to be inherent in legal doctrine concerning lands held in public trust — until a court opinion raised doubts. The bill would enable the Department of Environmental Protection to keep protecting and promoting access, and Gov. Phil Murphy should sign it into law soon.

This sensible agreement on waterfront access is widely supported by environmental and business groups. It seems like it could have been quickly reached years ago. Not in New Jersey …

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