The Beach belongs to everyone

We want Long Island to be a place where this, and the next generation can surf, windsurf, sail, swim, sunbathe, fish, kayak or just soak in Long Island's Natural Beauty.

Long Island is losing its waterfront and wet lands to private homes at an alarming pace. Beach Access is disappearing right along with it. In addition, many NYS laws concerning Beach Access are archaic at best.

It is not LIBAG's intent to take away any existing rights of NYS Beach users. Only to add to them.

We are fortunate, to be working with the Long Island Regional State Parks Commission towards a solution that would allow all beach user groups equal access to all NYS Parks Beaches, with out excluding or taking away any access rights from any user groups.

The Long Island Beach Access Group is most commonly known for its four core programs;

1- The Beach Access program whose research and advocacy programs support the maintenance and expansion of access to those remote beach locations on Long Island for all users.

2- Also, our Beach Preservation program works to sponsor, participate and encourage those activities that ensure the healthy maintenance of our beaches and barrier islands, such as beach grass plantings.

3- Our Beach Clean-up program works to sponsor, participate and encourage continual beach clean-ups in conjunction with the America Littoral Society. This includes the adoption of Gilgo Beach.

4- But also, Long Island Beach Access Group is known for our Beach Actions program which seeks to encourage and reward proper behavior when enjoying the beaches. This includes following the official rules and regulations of each of the beaches and areas that provide access to those beaches, promoting the “Carry in, Carry out more” philosophy, and in a more informal fashion, instructing people on safe enjoyment of our natural resources.


Remember: it is not LIBAG's intent to take away any existing rights of NYS Beach users. Only to add to them.

LIBAG is honored to work with New York State Park officials, as we continue to connect the Parks to the People.


We look forward to our continued work with New York State officials in order to implement solutions that encourage more diverse use of NYS’s Beaches.


CONTACT US email me libaginfo@gmail.com






Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 7, 2016 Beach Clean up at Gilgo State Park, 10:30AM

Subject: May 7, 2016 Beach Clean up at Gilgo State Park, 10:30AM - REMINDER !!

Hi, I know you already have it on your calendar, but just in case, we're ON for the clean up on Saturday morning. 

The area is still closed for access so please either be dropped off or hoof it from the Gilgo Lot. Bags and gloves will be provided. 

The clean up will run for approx. 2 hours so don't miss it! We need your help. 

Thanks, Ray and the crew from LIBAG! 

PS: This is part of NYS's " I Love My Park Day" so let's support it. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy New Year

The Long Island Beach Access Group hope you've had a nice Holiday season so far. It looks like Hanukkah Harry and Santa Claus left something behind in their Bag of tricks and toys for us to play with. 

We were just alerted from the Long Island office of NYS Parks that the Long Island Beach Access Group's request for 4x4 Surfing access to the East End of Long Island has finally happened! 

Effective January 1st, 2016....These are the words from NYS Parks Headquarters in West Babylon:  

" Since the 2016 permits have already been printed, the following sticker will be added to the front of the 4x4 surfing permit:
Also Valid Year Round At:  Hither Hills and Napeague State Parks
Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!!

So, in addition to Robert Moses(Democrat Point) and Gilgo State Park, we now have these 2 new locations. Demo and Gilgo drive-ons will continue to be available from April 1st to December 31st, 2016. And just a reminder, the 4x4 Surfing permit also allows us Parking lot access to closed field #'s 2,3 and 4 at Robert Moses State Park from September 15th - December 31st. 

We're thrilled with the news and hope you have a chance to enjoy it as much as we plan to. Pass the word on to your friends. 

These are also Carry In/Carry Out areas. Let's continue to be good citizens on the beach. And let's be kind and respectful to others in the water as well. 

Any thoughts or questions, let us know!
Thanks for all your support. We'll be calling on you for more, so be ready. 

Regards, the LIBAG Crew

Some important reminders:

Read you permit carefully!  (You can get it at the Belmont State Park Office until April 30th, as well as Robert Moses Office opposite Field 3) Cost is $ 65.00. 
Be sure you ask for the 4x4 Surfing Permit or you will be sold the 4x4 Fishing Permit. They are not the same. The Fishing Permit does not allow use of your surfboard. 

Make sure you have ALL the required equipment at ALL times! 

This is a Surfing permit. Please bring a Surfboard or 2. 

AIR DOWN before heading onto the beach! We saw more stuck trucks this year than we would like to. 

AIR DOWN. Not doing so; tears up the beach, and your transmission.

Do NOT leave trash behind - Take out MORE than you took in!

Abide by the speed limit and drive safely.

Be friendly to all other beach users!  (Do NOT debate, argue, curse, flip the bird, or "moon" others who may antagonize you...  *Note: these are all things that have been pointed out as reasons why surfers should not be on the beach... true or not - avoid confrontations with anyone.) 

And for goodness sake, be friendly to other surfers. 

Practice good surf etiquette. If you are "new" to a beach, take the time to understand how the lineup works at that beach.  Respect and learn from the folks that have been surfing that particular break before you. It will make everyones' day more enjoyable.

So, get down there and enjoy your access to Demo, Gilgo State Park, Hither Hills and Napeague State Parks!!  

And please, when we e-mail about clean ups and such, try to show up and lend a hand - it helps!

Looking forward to seeing you this summer !

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From our friends at The American Littoral Society

From our friends at The American Littoral Society.
The Long Island Beach Access Group  cleaned Gilgo State Park, and the Town of Babylon's Gilgo Beach.
Senator Boyle's group cleaned Robert Moses Field 2.

Thank you to everyone who helped this year.





From: Natalie Grant <NYSBC@littoralsociety.org>
To: Natalie Grant <nysbeachcleanup@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2016 12:07 PM
Subject: THANK YOU!!! 2015 New York State Beach Cleanup Results

Dear Coordinators, Beach Captains and Volunteers,
The American Littoral Society would like to extend its wishes for a happy and healthy 2016 to you and your families!!
We are excited to report that well over 7500 volunteers participated in the 2015 New York State Beach Cleanup.  Hopefully our shorelines will continue to show the results of their efforts for a long time to come.  Your promotion of this event, contributed to the removal and documentation of 125,544 pounds of trash in 26 New York State counties.
We succeeded in cleaning 250 miles of shorelines and just as importantly, more than 7500 people were educated about the need for a cleaner, healthier environment.  New York thanks you!!!
The 2015 data below shows the exact people, pounds and miles as well as the “Dirty Dozen” (the most commonly collected items) from New York State’s shorelines.
Number of volunteers:  7723
Pounds of debris removed:  125,544
Number of miles cleaned:  250.21
Number of bags used:  4715
2015 Dirty Dozen
Debris
Total
Cigarette Butts
54,226
Plastic Pieces
43,199
Bottle Caps (Plastic)
28,673
Food Wrappers (Candy, Chips, Etc.)
27,794
Glass Pieces
25,120
Foam Pieces
25,039
Straws, Stirrers
18,691
Beverage Bottle (Plastic)
15,904
Bottle Caps (Metal)
13,800
Grocery Bags (Plastic
10,706
Other Plastic Bags
10,401
Beverage Cans
8,715
This year we had 832 more volunteers and 32,867 more pounds of debris than last year!  That’s great!!!
Thank you all for your help and hard work with the New York State Beach Cleanup!!
Sincerely,
Natalie
*****
Natalie Grant
American Littoral Society
New York State Beach Cleanup Coordinator
104-60 Queens Boulevard, Apt. 12W
Forest Hills, NY  11375

Tel:  718-606-0742
Cell:  718-869-3488

Friday, September 25, 2015

650 pounds of trash.

650 pounds of trash.

from
LIBAG, The Long Island Beach Access Group...

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP!

Families, Friends, Day Trippers, Soccer/Football/Baseball/Frisbee Mom’s, 
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Fishermen/Women, Surfers, Windsurfers, Kiters, 
Beach Lovers of all kinds…

It was great to see everyone working together. Whether you visit the beach by Boat, Truck, or Foot; you ALL pitched in and removed over 650 pounds of trash from Gilgo State Park and Gilgo Town Beach!

Congratulations to all of you for a job well done!






It's sad in a way that we find it necessary to spend our time to clean up after others but this is the world we live in. Thank you all once again for teaming up with LIBAG and the ALS for this important campaign.



We want to thank 

Florence Findley TOB Community Development Program. 
Gordon D. Canary, District Director, NYS Senator Phil Boyle.
Senator Phil Boyle, himself.
Tim Byrne, NYS Park Manager.
Thomas Donnelly, Town of Babylon Councilman

Jacqueline (Jackie) Brown, Town of Babylon Councilwoman  



One team of 2 ladies picked up 517 cigarette butts from the sand "ashtray" at the Gilgo Marina. That's pretty bad.
We don’t have the final tally from Senator Boyle’s clean up at RM 2.

But if the weight tally from just our small clean up is over Over 650 POUNDS. 
Wow. That's a scary number. 
Don’t you wish it was Zero?

We just cannot thank you enough.

LIBAG, The Long Island Beach Access Group



All photos were taken by Gordon Canary.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Gilgo Beach Clean Up!

Please Join the


LIBAG, (Long Island Beach Access Group) 


at the
Gilgo Beach

THIS

Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Rain Date: Sunday, September 20


Help Keep Town of Babylon Beaches
Clean and Beautiful

All Debris Will Be Weighed & Documented
All Clean-Up Materials & Documentation Forms Will Be Provided
All Youth Volunteers Will Receive a Certificate of Appreciation


For More Information & Registration Details
Please Contact Ray Eriksen
rayve_us@yahoo.com / (631) 885-4479


In addition: LIBAG, will also be sponsoring the beach clean up at  Gilgo State Park  
This is the area from Old Coast Guard through Hemlocks. 

Just as we do every year: 
since Gilgo State Park, 
is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles, or a short walk…

Do not drive on the beach
 unless you have the proper vehicle permits. 

Do NOT Park at off road entrance 
by the Old Coast Guard Station.


You can park at Gilgo Town Beach parking lot
Tell them at the gate, "you are there for the Beach Clean Up."
You can walk East from there. We will also be shuttling people from the lot, to and from the clean up area. 
[Please do not cross the highway]


In 2014, 6,891 volunteers, coordinated by the American Littoral Society, cleaned and documented 92,677 pounds of debris along 245.52 miles of New York State's shoreline.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Recently, LIBAG was privileged to meet Lisa Matassa.

Recently, LIBAG was privileged to meet  Lisa Matassa. 
Her “instagram” post says it all.




Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sorry we’ve been out of touch.

LIBAG apologizes for not posting as much as we probably should have. But hopefully, you have been as busy as we have.

LIBAG wants to thank everyone who attended the Gilgo Beach and Gilgo State Park Clean up on May 2nd. The weather and waves cooperated, and we had a decent turnout. If you were one of us, Thanks again! If you weren't, hopefully we catch up with you next time.


LIBAG successfully coordinated with The NYS Parks , and the Town of Babylon to open the fence on western side of Gilgo State Park. Remember, you need a town of Babylon Surfing pass to enter this area.





While we have had several small clean-ups this summer…The next big one is  NYS/ American Littoral Society event on September 19th at Gilgo Beach and Gilgo State Park 4x4. Put in on your calendar.

LIBAG is still working, and meeting regularly with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

The ESA was finally able to have a surf contest on State Park Beaches.

LIBAG also attended the “Protect Ocean Recreation Workshops” in Long Beach and Montauk. These meetings were to put all the data collected from the “Mid Atlantic Recreational Activities Survey” in context. We would like to thank Matt Gove for this initiative.

Both Demo, and the full length of Gilgo are back open. So lets be responsible beach users everyday. Do the things that make sense; like bringing a garbage bag and carrying out your litter and any litter you found in your area. Air down your vehicle if you're on the 4x4 beaches and bring along a good quality air inflator/compressor to air up before you hit the highway.
Do not bring your pets to the beach. Harassment of an endangered species [Piping Plover] is a Federal Law, not some Park rule. If you are caught, your permit will be pulled! 

And we were reminded that it is a surfing 4x4 permit, so each occupant of the vehicle should have a flotation device of sort, so bring along additional boards or boogie boards.... just in case. 

LIBAG believes we should always be good citizens, on our best behavior. A little bit goes a long way. And it sets a good example for others.