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






Sunday, February 9, 2014

Just some winter housekeeping.

PERMITS

Remember NYS Parks Empire Passes are on sale Now through April 15th.
The 4X4 Beach vehicle access Permit for fishing is available.
The 4X4 Beach vehicle access Permit for Surfing at Democrat Point only is available as well.

If Gilgo's 4X4 Beach opens this year, it is LIBAG’s understanding with the T/O Babylon And the NYS Parks that your 2010 Gilgo 4X4 Surfing pass will be honored.

Another helpful change this season is that you no longer need a “carry waiver” for Surfboards, Kayaks, or Windsurfing Equipment on 4X4 Fishing beaches. You still can only Surf from your vehicle at Demo; [with the proper State permit], and “Old Coast Guard” at Gilgo; [with the proper T/O Babylon permit]. But at least you do not have to worry about what’s in or on your vehicle when going fishing.

Remember, while you can carry your windsurfing gear to Democrat…You do however still have to sail or carry your gear to Democrat Point in order to windsurf. You still cannot Windsurf from your truck on 4X4 Beaches.

Next up…
Friends of Reynolds Channel is asking for your help to save the Bays!
Join them on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:00am at the 
Executive Building at 1550 Franklin Ave Mineola 11501. 
Tuesday, at 11:00 is a tough meeting to make.

I hope some of you can make it. 
This is an important decision for Nassau County. 
So THANK YOU in advance to anyone who can be there!


Also, the results of our work with the American Littoral Society NYS Beach clean up can be found here: 


We were pretty ambitious last year, sponsoring the clean ups at Robert Moses field 5, and Gilgo Town beach. [note LIBAG adopted Gilgo in 2012].
All told; 5,645 volunteers cleaned and documented 62,633 pounds of debris along 244.13 miles of New York State's shoreline.
Thank you everyone!
This was in addition to our Gilgo clean ups, [every other month], Heckscher State Park; clean ups, “Water-Walk”, and Love my park rebuilding, after Hurricane Sandy. Dune Fence installation at Robert Moses State Park. Grass plantings
You can see where we are going with this…
We need your help. Check the blog for the dates and times of all our activities in 2014.
The beach belongs to everyone: so let’s have everyone pitch in and help the beach.
Thank you,

The Long Island Beach Access Group