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August 16, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP Offers Smoke-Free Zones at Island Beach State Park

(04/94) BERKELEY TOWNSHIP -- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the implementation of a new pilot program at Island Beach State Park to provide a smoke-free section of the beach for visitors.

"This program offers an alternative for visitors who prefer a smoke-free environment while at the beach," said Commissioner Campbell. "We encourage input from the public so that we can provide the best beach experience for all of our park patrons."

Over the next few weeks Island Beach will offer a section of Bathing Beach 1 as a smoke-free beach. Park patrons are still free to smoke in the areas that are not designated as smoke-free zones. Bathing Beach 2 will have no restrictions on smoking.

Signs delineating the smoke-free areas will be posted on the beach, as well as receptacles for the proper disposal of cigarette butts.

The smoke-free zones will be in effect through the end of the swimming season.

The DEP encourages public comments and suggestions to better serve our park visitors. Comments should be sent to the Island Beach State Park, PO Box 37, Shore Road Route 35 South, Seaside Park, NJ 08752

 

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