Planning board approves public access plan

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LAVALLETTE — The planning board approved a public access plan for incorporation into its municipal master plan on Wednesday night, in order to secure a permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to perform maintenance on borough beaches.

“We have been working on this public access plan … for at least three years,” borough administrator and board member Robert Brice said. “This is a basic footprint the DEP requires for us to have.”

The plan was developed by Coastal Environmental Consulting and the borough engineer, Donald Stanton and Associates. According to Coastal Environmental Consulting representative Karen Gruppuso, the public access plan — which has already been reviewed and approved by the DEP — is a money-saver for Lavallette.

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