Governor signs law that strengthens public access to beaches

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – With Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature, the state has broadened the public’s access to beaches and waterfront areas, but even advocates say more needs to be done to ensure New Jersey’s shoreline is readily accessible to all.

The governor signed a bill (S-1074) on Friday that enshrines into state law the public trust doctrine, a principle that holds natural resources such as tidal waters and waterfronts are preserved for public use. The bill won approval this spring after a hard-fought battle in the Legislature …

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