Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi submitted formal testimony during the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s final public hearing on beach access regulations in the state of New Jersey. The meeting was held on Thursday evening, June 2nd in Long Beach Township. Mayor Pagliughi’s comments were delivered by Avalon Public Information Officer Scott Wahl.
The NJDEP’s new policy would provide opportunities to local beach communities like Avalon to draft their own beach access plans. Previously, the state had imposed a blanket approach with rules and regulations for every beach community. Avalon successfully challenged these regulations in court resulting in a new beach access policy for the state of New Jersey.
“This public hearing provided the Borough of Avalon with an excellent opportunity to support the NJDEP’s efforts in engaging local communities relating to beach access regulations”, Pagliughi said. “This is a step in the right direction and a major policy improvement compared to past practices enacted by former Governor Jon Corzine and his former commissioner Lisa Jackson”.