- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

DEAL, N.J. (AP) - Residents of a New Jersey shore town are demanding the borough council back off from a proposed ordinance requiring residential parking permits on streets with beach access points.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2988Fv7 ) critics voiced their concerns Wednesday in Deal, saying the ordinance caters to the owners of multi-million dollar beachfront homes while restricting other locals from the borough’s free beaches.

Mayor Sam Cohen says the ordinance isn’t about restricting the beach, but rather it aims to appease beachfront residents who have continually complained about parking near their homes.

Attorney Andrew Chambarry, an affiliate of the Citizens in Opposition to Beach Restrictive Access, says the ordinance violates a provision of the roughly $38 million taxpayer-funded beach replenishment project currently underway that requires reasonable public access to the beach.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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