Trash once marred Jersey beaches, but today’s worry is climate change

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DINO FLAMMIA / NJ 101.5 – Three miles of ocean beach closed. On the Jersey Shore, a summer to forget. Troubled times at the shore.

That’s just a sample of the news that essentially led New Jersey’s coast to become “the laughingstock of the country” not so long ago.

Much has changed since then. Today, beaches are the state’s primary draw for tourism, and bring in plenty of out-of-state folks who may have avoided Garden State sand at all costs in the 1980s.

“When I was first elected to the state Legislature, there was a true crisis out there,” said former state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, who moderated a panel discussion this month at Monmouth University, on the past successes and present challenges at the Jersey Shore …

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