Keep Brigantine Beaches Open!

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Whereas Governor Phil Murphy signed into law legislation that enshrines  the public trust doctrine, which is a principle that establishes that the State’s tidal waters and adjacent shorelines belong to the public to be used for navigation, commerce, and recreation, including bathing, swimming, and fishing;

And Whereas, upon signing the legislation, Governor Murphy stated: “New Jersey’s shoreline and coastal communities are some of our state’s greatest treasures. By strengthening the public’s right to access our beaches, we are ensuring that all New Jersey residents and visitors can enjoy our beautiful shore this summer and for generations to come.”

And Whereas, the New Jersey legislature found: 
a. The public has longstanding and inviolable rights under the 
public trust doctrine to use and enjoy the State’s tidal waters and 
adjacent shorelines for navigation, commerce, and recreational 
uses, including, but not limited to, bathing, swimming, fishing, and 
other shore-related activities; 

And Whereas, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brigantine's Mayor Andy Simpson stated at a recent Council meeting that a decision will need to be made on keeping Brigantine's beaches open;

Now Therefore, we the undersigned urge Mayor Simpson and Brigantine City Council to honor the inviolable rights of the public to access and use Brigantine's beaches for recreational uses, including, but not limited to bathing, swimming, fishing and other shore related activities;

And Be It Further Resolved, that Brigantine's beaches remain open and available for use by the public with safety precautions, such as social distancing, enforced so that all may enjoy the natural beauty of the Brigantine beach.