Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs  
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
DEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online 
news releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2005

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP FINES OCEAN BEACH & BAY CLUB III $12,500 FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE PUBLIC ACCESS TO DOVER TOWNSHIP BEACHES

(05/110) TRENTON -- Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined Ocean Beach & Bay Club III of Dover Township $12,500 for refusing public access to the beach area adjacent to its property. The club is required, under its state permit, to allow members of the public access to the beach after charging a reasonable fee for services provided such as trash removal, lifeguard services and bathroom facilities.

"DEP's enforcement action against Ocean Beach & Bay Club III highlights the public's right to enjoy New Jersey's beaches," said Commissioner Campbell. "DEP has initiated aggressive permitting and enforcement efforts to make private entities aware of their responsibility to provide New Jersey citizens full access to one of the state's most treasured resources, its beaches."

DEP received a complaint from a person to whom the Ocean Beach & Bay Club III refused to sell a beach badge on the basis that the person was not a club member or renter. DEP responded to the complaint by investigating the beach badge sales process.

A DEP investigator on June 9 attempted to purchase a beach badge at the Ocean Beach & Bay Club III. Club personnel refused to provide the badge because the investigator indicated that she was not a club member or renter.

Ocean Beach & Bay Club III violated its Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) permit by refusing to sell a beach badge to DEP's investigator. DEP on July 28 ordered Ocean Beach & Bay Club III to pay the $12,500 penalty and immediately comply with its CAFRA permit by allowing public access to the beach through the club.

Ocean Beach & Bay Club III may request an adminsitrative hearing to contest the penalty issued by DEP.

 

###

Related Link

 

News Releases: DEP News Home | Archives
Department: NJDEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online
Statewide: NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs

Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-2014

Last Updated: August 31, 2005