DEAL, New Jersey — Even as work crews are widening its beaches with sand paid for by every American taxpayer, one wealthy Jersey shore town plans to prevent the public from parking near those beaches.
The borough of Deal is due to vote Friday on an ordinance that would restrict parking on six streets nearest the beach to residents-only.
They would be issued permits to display in their vehicles.
The move comes as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finishing a beach replenishment project that has drastically widened Deal's beaches. The work was completely paid for by the federal government.
Beach access advocates and fishing groups are protesting the move, saying Deal has a long history of discouraging outsiders from using its beaches.
Deal officials did not respond to requests for comment.