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New Jersey Coastal Access

New Jersey Coastal Access is a self-help resource for the people of New Jersey.

This website contains information to help private waterfront landowners, government and public entities, and waterfront users address issues related to coastal access. The intent of this website is to offer specific tools that address specific needs.

About the Project

With support from the National Sea Grant Law Center, partners from Maine Sea Grant, Maine Coastal Program, The Center for Law and Innovation of the University of Maine School of Law, and Island Institute developed the prototype for the derivative site you are now using. The prototype has been translated by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium to provide content relevant to audiences in New Jersey. Maine Sea Grant owns the copyright to the prototype site; the adaptations / derivations made here are owned by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Neither Maine Sea Grant nor its collaborators are responsible for the content of this derivative site, including the accuracy of any of the legal information contained in this derivative site.

New Jersey Coastal Access: Issue Background

New Jersey has the densest population in the nation with nearly 9 million residents, many living within 30 miles of the coast. More than 80% of its counties (17 out of 21) border tidally-influenced estuarine or oceanic waters. New Jersey is a very diverse state, with urban waterfront areas and ocean beaches and bay shores. Public access to these coastal areas provides residents and tourists with opportunities to enjoy the tidal waterways and their shores. These natural resources, as well as recreational uses, are protected by the Public Trust Doctrine in New Jersey. By promoting public awareness of the Public Trust Doctrine and coastal access, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is working towards its stated strategic goal to promote “coastal communities that utilize sustainable development practices in order to preserve working waterfronts while offering an abundance of appropriate, accessible recreational and tourism opportunities.”


This site is designed to help users understand how the law might apply to their needs. This site does NOT provide legal advice, which is the application of law to someone's specific circumstances. We recommend you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.