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67 victories since 1/06

February 16 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

Yes, we keep track.

Why, so we know how we're doing. We keep track so you know what we're doing. We keep track so you'll come alongside us and join us. We keep track so Surfrider entities all over the world can tap into a network of activist knowledge and coastal environmental practices.

We keep track because we love our beaches and we want them to stay pristine.

Our most recent three victories, from December 2007 and January 2008.

Jersey Shore and South Jersey, NJ

Public Hearings required for Beach Fill Projects in NJ

Beachfill projects in NJ had some disastrous and unintended consequences. Residents and beach users had no forum to bring up or discuss the potential pitfalls of beachfill. Through hearings, letter writing, and legislative contact, chapter members pushed for this common sense legislation. The new law will now require a public hearing to take place before any beach replenishment project goes forward.

Jersey Shore, NJ Ocean Protection Law in NJ
A new law in NJ will require the Department of Environmental Protection to move towards a policy of ecosystem based management. It also establishes the Ocean Protection Council and charges the Council with studying, coordinating, and developing plans for ecosystem based management in NJ. Surfrider Foundation worked with the The Coastal Ocean Coalition of NJ to pass this legislation.

Treasure Coast, FL

Protected Beach Access at Bonaire Beach

The Town of Jupiter Island requested that Rep. Mahoney insert legislation that would give the Town first right of refusal to purchase a surplus Coast Guard property consisting of 10 acres, including 900ft of beachfront. The property being acquired from the Coast Guard was to be used for conservation and storm protection purposes. The bill did not include the property being opened for beach access. Properties designated for conservation should include customary recreational use. The chapter raised their voices and was able get an inter-local agreement between the Town and County Commission that not only opened the coast guard beachfront property for beach access but it also increased the nearby Hobe Sound Beach parking lot with 20 additional spaces.

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