The State Takes Over the North End Beach

February 28, 2018

 

NJ limited public access to Brigantine's North End.  

Now the city is pushing back

 

 

 

A protected Brigantine beach owned by the State of New Jersey has started to resemble a parking lot in the summer, lined with four-wheel vehicles that threaten endangered birds that live there, state officials say.

 

To residents, it's a different story.  They see the 2 1/2 mile stretch as one of the most secluded areas in the city, where multi-story developments are out of sight.  Many drive onto the sandy expanse to paint, enjoy a cup of coffee or simply relax.

 

Opposing images of the North Brigantine State Natural Area have emerged as New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection takes over management of beach driving permits north of 15th street north in an attempt to protect animals that live there.  On January 1st the state set new restrictions that cap the number of permits sold at 500 and allow a maximum of 75 vehicles onto the sand in a 24 hour period.  The passes, called "mobile sport fishing permits", will be sold only to fishermen.     READ MORE