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Old 07-28-2006, 09:54 AM
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Angry Deal Beach Access

This was in the APP.

DEAL — Local surfers say they will take their fight to regain access to the ocean from the end of ffice:smarttags" />Ocean Lane to the governor.fficeffice" />
But the borough administrator said the surfers are making much ado about nothing. There is another beach access path nearby, and the new fence blocking the Ocean Lane path has a gate that can be opened, he said.

Brian Unger of the Surfers Environmental Alliance said he plans to write to Gov. Corzine and Lisa P. Jackson, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, about a decision by Alice Hedaya of 1 Ocean Lane to fence off the beach access at her vacant lot. Hedaya, of Brooklyn, could not be reached for comment.

Surfers said that access to Colt's Beach has been available for at least 25 years, giving the public a "prescriptive easement" through the property. According to state law, a "prescriptive easement" is one that allows public easement through private property after 20 years of continuous and obvious use.

According to John Connor, a Rumson resident and a director of the surfer alliance, the group learned several weeks ago that the Hedayas were contemplating fencing off their property.

Borough beach workers already had removed a beach access sign and trash cans from the east end of Ocean Lane, which is used by surfers, anglers, birdwatchers and people who like to walk on the beach, according to the SEA.

Borough Administrator James Rogers said the borough removed a beach access sign but that was because it was on private property and the borough did not have a right to put a sign there.

He said there is a fence there now, but there is an opening in it. "If someone wanted to walk across this person's property, they could," he said.

He said Deal property owners have a right to put a fence up unless another agency forbids it. Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the DEP, said inspectors will examine the fence to determine if it complies with department regulations.

Hedaya was fined $15,000 in 2004 after the family destroyed a dune on its property without DEP permission. She also was ordered to restore the dune, but Unger said it came back naturally.

Deal history cited

Meanwhile, Rogers urged perspective in the fence dispute.

"We're not blocking their access," he said, noting this is not an issue between the borough and the surfers but one involving a private property owner. "They have access 180 feet to the south (at Phillips Avenue) and they have ample free parking."

But the surfers object to giving up any access, noting Deal's history, which both Unger, of Long Branch, and Connor describe as less than welcoming to outsiders.

Connor said the surfers would be content with moving the easement to a more convenient part of the Hedaya property.

"But they need to maintain a path through the end of Ocean Lane and we will fight that if they don't agree to that," he said.

"In Deal, it is very hard to get on the beach," said Unger. "The town has never tried to do anything for the public, with two-hour parking and no stairs to the beach . . . That's how they manage their access to the beach. What they need to do is maintain the public access lanes they do have. Ocean Lane is very safe. It is not treacherous. . . . We can't give it up."
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:48 PM
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This was in the APP.

DEAL — Local surfers say they will take their fight to regain access to the ocean from the end of ffice:smarttags" />Ocean Lane to the governor.fficeffice" />
But the borough administrator said the surfers are making much ado about nothing. There is another beach access path nearby, and the new fence blocking the Ocean Lane path has a gate that can be opened, he said.

Brian Unger of the Surfers Environmental Alliance said he plans to write to Gov. Corzine and Lisa P. Jackson, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, about a decision by Alice Hedaya of 1 Ocean Lane to fence off the beach access at her vacant lot. Hedaya, of Brooklyn, could not be reached for comment.

Surfers said that access to Colt's Beach has been available for at least 25 years, giving the public a "prescriptive easement" through the property. According to state law, a "prescriptive easement" is one that allows public easement through private property after 20 years of continuous and obvious use.

According to John Connor, a Rumson resident and a director of the surfer alliance, the group learned several weeks ago that the Hedayas were contemplating fencing off their property.

Borough beach workers already had removed a beach access sign and trash cans from the east end of Ocean Lane, which is used by surfers, anglers, birdwatchers and people who like to walk on the beach, according to the SEA.

Borough Administrator James Rogers said the borough removed a beach access sign but that was because it was on private property and the borough did not have a right to put a sign there.

He said there is a fence there now, but there is an opening in it. "If someone wanted to walk across this person's property, they could," he said.

He said Deal property owners have a right to put a fence up unless another agency forbids it. Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the DEP, said inspectors will examine the fence to determine if it complies with department regulations.

Hedaya was fined $15,000 in 2004 after the family destroyed a dune on its property without DEP permission. She also was ordered to restore the dune, but Unger said it came back naturally.

Deal history cited

Meanwhile, Rogers urged perspective in the fence dispute.

"We're not blocking their access," he said, noting this is not an issue between the borough and the surfers but one involving a private property owner. "They have access 180 feet to the south (at Phillips Avenue) and they have ample free parking."

But the surfers object to giving up any access, noting Deal's history, which both Unger, of Long Branch, and Connor describe as less than welcoming to outsiders.

Connor said the surfers would be content with moving the easement to a more convenient part of the Hedaya property.

"But they need to maintain a path through the end of Ocean Lane and we will fight that if they don't agree to that," he said.

"In Deal, it is very hard to get on the beach," said Unger. "The town has never tried to do anything for the public, with two-hour parking and no stairs to the beach . . . That's how they manage their access to the beach. What they need to do is maintain the public access lanes they do have. Ocean Lane is very safe. It is not treacherous. . . . We can't give it up."
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