Citizens in Opposition to Deal Ordinance #1124
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The town of Deal has proposed Ordinance #1124 which will restrict parking on six oceanfront streets from May 1 to October 31. Only Deal residents located on these streets will be issued parking permits. The Borough will hear arguments in support and against the proposed ordinance on October 9, 2015 at 9:00am. Please come and protect your right to access public beaches.
The proposed restriction will place a substantial burden on the public’s ability to access a traditional public forum and is invalid and unconstitutional for the following reasons:
1.Ordinance #1124 restricts the public’s access to the beach and violates the public trust doctrine.
2. Ordinance #1124 violates the public's right to access a traditional public forum, thereby violating their First Amendment right to speech and assembly.
“Many Americans highly value access to the ocean shore. Americans go to their beaches to engage in many activities, including ones that demonstrate that beaches can be public forums. While some might belittle the importance of our beaches, they are deeply loved public spaces that are every bit as important to us as our city parks.” Robert Thompson, Local Government and the Closing of the Coast: Parking Bans and the Beach As A Traditional Public Forum, 25 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 458, 507 (2014).
Recently, Deal accepted millions of dollars in beach replenishment money paid for by hardworking taxpayers. Now they want to restrict access to their newly restored beaches.
As interested local citizens, we must oppose Ordinance #1124 in order to protect our rights. The best way to do this is by challenging the law itself and raise awareness throughout our state.
A legal brief in opposition to Ordinance #1124 has been prepared by Andrew L. Chambarry, Esq., a local attorney currently practicing law throughout Monmouth County:
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We strongly urge all interested citizens to attend the October 9, 2015 meeting at Borough Hall, 190 Norwood Avenue, Deal at 9:00 am where we will be given the opportunity to be heard.
Please sign this petition to show your support.
UPDATE: (10-8-15) Victory! It's official!
The Mayor has agreed that this Ordinance will limit public access and has promised to work with us in the future to find better solutions to any "issues" that the town may face regarding the beaches.
In the event that Ordinance #1124 is brought up, revised, or any other action is taken regarding public access and/or parking, I will be personally notified and we will again, take up action.
Congratulations to all those who have supported this cause - it is a true victory for the local community and proponents of unrestricted beach access.
However, the fight is not over. We must all stay vigilant and raise awareness so that this will never happen again. We will still be attending the Town Hall tomorrow to thank Deal for tabling the Ordinance, but also show our strength and concern over their actions.
Be sure to attend the celebration at the Paramount Theater tomorrow for the "Psychic Migrations" screening and afterparty at Anchor's Bend.
Congratulations to all!
See the Deal Attorney email here:
10/9/15: The Ordinance was "tabled without date" at the Borough Hall meeting this morning.
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