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, August 11, 2019

Gilgo Beach Clean Up Saturday, September 21st 9:00 AM

Gilgo Beach Clean Up
Saturday, September 21st 9:00 AM
Please mark your calendars, and save the date

Hey folks.
It’s that time of year again.
Please join 
For this years NYS Beach Clean Up

Saturday, September 21st  
(rain-date, Sunday the 22nd. ) 
Start time is 9:00.

Gilgo Beach Cleanup!

We will meet in the parking lot by the tunnel entrance. 
We will have a table set up, and can really use your help.
Free parking. We will supply gloves, Trash Bags, Pencils and recording sheets. You provide the muscle. Bring a friend, or two or ten!

As we have for close to two a decades, 
LIBAG, The Long Island Beach Access Group, LIBAG.ORG
The Long Island Windsurfers Group, 
The American Littoral Society, https://www.littoralsociety.org
And the Town of Babylon, http://www.townofbabylon.com 
will team up for the 
Gilgo Beach, Saturday, September 21st 9:00 AM 

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers remove and collect data on tons of debris from hundreds of miles of shorelines across New York State as part of our annual NY State Beach Cleanup. 

Why New York State Beach Cleanup is different than other cleanups:
While the activities on the day of the cleanup are important and receive much positive publicity, the compilation, analysis and dissemination of the data collected have an even greater impact. This cleanup is unique in that volunteers fill out data cards about what they remove. This data is summarized for individual sites and all data cards are sent to The Ocean Conservancy for analysis. The resultant studies produce strategies to combat marine pollution and help inform policy makers, the media and the public about solutions to the problem.

So please join us Gilgo Beach, Saturday, September 21st 9:00 AM 
 at Gilgo Beach for our largest Beach Cleanup of the season.

We at LIBAG want to thank you in advance for all your help.

We hope to see you there.


If you are unable to help us at Gilgo, we encourage you to participate at one of the many Statewide cleanup’s scheduled for that day. http://www.nysbeachcleanup.org


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Love My Parks Day Thank You



Thank you to everyone who showed up at Gilgo and Heckscher State Parks for Love My Parks Day.

Special Thanks to Ray Eriksen and Jillixir Marie Brown for organizing, and acting as Beach Captains this year. 

Yours,


https://mailchi.mp/ptny/i-love-my-park-day-organizer-registration-672481?e=9b8ee21d80

I Love My Park Day was a huge success!  

Thanks to the nearly 8,000 volunteers who showed up on Saturday, May 4, to clean up, improve and beautify our state parks, historic sites and public lands!

From Jones Beach on Long Island to Allegany State Park in the Southern Tier, more than 140 state parks and sites were spruced up just in time for the busy park season. Projects ranged from picking up trash and planting flowers to clearing brush and building benches.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in, gave back and had fun!
Mark you calendar for next year's Love My Park Day on May 2, 2020!
Check out photos from across the state! 
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Special thanks to our sponsors  
whose generosity makes I Love My Park Day possible.
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Friday, May 3, 2019

Reminder: this Saturday May 4th 9:00 to noon


Reminder: this Saturday May 4th 9:00 to noon 

Beach Clean Up's at Gilgo and Heckscher.  

NYS Love My Parks Day.

Pick your Park...and help us get them ready for the season.

Heckscher will meet at field 6 with Jill Brown. 

Gilgo will meet with Ray Eriksen at the town beach and 4X4 entrance.


Let's make 2019 a very good year!

THANK YOU,


LIBAG.ORG

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Thank you to all who showed up to support this Ban on Offshore Drilling.


It was a beautiful day to attend a Bill signing. 
Thank you to all who showed up to support this Ban on Offshore Drilling. 





Special thanks go to Charlie Bunger, Steve D, Rich S, Ray E, Bill Z,  Cooky, and I'm sure I missed some of you. I understand Through John Webber, that Matt Gove of Surfrider National made it as well.

You made a difference. I know it was short notice.
So it means a lot to us.

Oh, and Chip, LIBAG appreciates the invite. Just let us know what the Parks need and we will do our best to be there for you.

So we were able to run a joint beach clean up at Robert Moses 2 on April 6th with a lot of help from the Fishermen, Mustang Steve and his students, Billy T, Scott & Jill Brown, Chris G, and many more than we can count.

Remember...We’ll be running two more events on May 4th for love my Parks Day. 

The Windsurfers will work at Heckscher, Surfers at Gilgo.
We start at 9:00 AM done by 12:00 noon.

Jill is running point with Dave Auguste at Heckscher, Ray with Tim Byrne at Gilgo.
We couldn’t do it with your help, so Thank you

We look forward to seeing you there.




Tuesday, April 23, 2019

BEACH CLEAN UP AT… Sat. … , 9:00 - 12:00 etc.


I know…it seems like we are constantly spamming your e-mail with subject lines that read…

 BEACH CLEAN UP AT…  Sat. … , 9:00 - 12:00 etc.


I’ll explain. We are. We need your help.

Watermen, Waterpeople, Waterfolk are a rarely seen nomadic tribe. We chase wind and waves from beach to beach, 12 months a year. Usually living out of our vans.

Many organizations have “mission statements” that say they are about Public Access and Clean Water. We are active members of most. But Surfing…any kind of surfing, SUP’ing Kayaking, windsurfing, etc. on Long Island presents a special set of circumstances. 

We need access to clean open water; and waves. These things rarely occur consistently in the same place. Especially on Long Island. This presents a problem. We don’t need just one beach…we need them all. But just for a little bit of time.

As Long Island continues to lose its public waterfront access at an alarming pace. Whether from habitat destruction, unsustainable growth, Privatization, archaic laws, etc.  We had to do something. And so LIBAG.ORG , The Long Island Beach Access Group was born. 

It’s a simple idea. We just want this generation and all future generations to be able to enjoy the beach as we did when we were kids. We advocate for public access, and we clean a lot of beaches. 

For example, The American Littoral Society clean up each Fall is among our most important. Every piece of trash is counted and catalogued. The ALS maintains a database for use in understanding what is polluting our shores and where is it coming from. The Surfrider Foundation, ESA, Various fishing and environmental Groups, etc. We work with other groups who share our values. And we are fortunate to work with the Town of Babylon and the Long Island Regional State Parks Commission.

As individuals, we always leave the Beach with more trash than we came with. But that is not enough. So we raise public awareness through organized beach clean ups.

This year’s first Spring clean up was originally scheduled for March. But was postponed to April. This limited attendance. 

Yet, on April 6th we coordinated with LIBBA, The Boy Scouts, several High schools, South Shore Paddleboards, , Bunger & the MSA to clean Robert Moses State Park field 2, Democrat Point, Gilgo State Park, and Sore Thumb. Close to 100 volunteers removed over 400 pounds of trash. And we will gladly continue to do it again. Our next Big one will be on May 4th for Love My Park’s Day. I know we will be at Gilgo to pick up trash and the windsurfers at Heckscher State Park to do the same.
We hope to see you at one event or the other. 






As always we at LIBAG thank you and appreciate your participation.
We couldn’t do it without you.



For more information on any of the above groups or shops, visit their web pages at…














Thursday, March 28, 2019

BEACH CLEAN UP AT RM2 Sat. April 6th, 9:00 - 12:00


This is the rescheduled date

BEACH CLEAN UP AT RM2  Sat. April 6th, 9:00 - 12:00

WE will meet at the Robert Moses 2 Parking lot at 9:00.
From here we can decide who will drive into the park and who will travel by foot from RM2 westward. 



DO NOT DRIVE ON THE BEACH UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY PERMITTED. And have ALL the proper equipment.
We cannot thank you enough.

We will be working alongside LIBBA as well as several other groups.

I cannot stress how important it is to have as many Surfers, Windsurfers, Stand Up Padleboarders, Fishermen, & 4X4 Beach users as we can to show up at this clean up.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS 
THAT WE SHOW UP
AT ROBERT MOSES PARKING FIELD 2
Some time between 9 and 12. 
You don’t have to be at the whole event. 
Just show up. 
Even if just for a little while. 
Every little bit helps. 
Even an hour will help. 
Bring as many friends as you can.
Your spouses, girlfriends, ex boyfriends, 
your kids, people you find on the street… 
anyone! 
Every person means a lot. 
Thank you so much in advance. 

Dress appropriately for the day. 
Stay on the beach. 
Stay off the dunes. 
We will provide latex gloves and trash bags. 

We recommend long pants, sturdy shoes , & leather work gloves you can get dirty in, if you have them.

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate, and are looking forward to seeing everyone there. 



Note: The bridge at the Meadowbrook is down to two lanes. So you may want to take another route.

Thank you,


Also; Gilgo State Park will be re-opened on April 1st! Provided the State says all the dredging equipment is removed.
March 31st is the last day you can purchase a 4x4 Surfing/Windsurfing permit. No exceptions!



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

BEACH CLEANUP CANCELED!

THIS WEEKENDS BEACH CLEANUP HAS BEEN CANCELED!
THERE IS NO CLEANUP SATURDAY MARCH 23RD. NO RAIN DATE.

WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH MORE INFORMATION AS WE GET IT.

To all of you who were planning to attend…I thank you very much. WE WILL RE-SCHEDULE!

Demo is currently washed over due to extremely high tides.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Cleanup. THIS Saturday HAS BEEN CANCELED!


BEACH CLEANUP HAS BEEN CANCELED!

BEACH CLEAN UP AT RM2  Sat. March 23rd. 9:00 - 12:00

WE will meet at the Robert Moses 2 Parking lot at 9:00.
From here we can decide who will drive into the park and who will travel by foot from RM2 westward. 
DO NOT DRIVE ON THE BEACH UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY PERMITTED. And have ALL the proper equipment.

We will be working alongside LIBBA as well as several other groups.

I cannot stress how important it is to have as many Surfers, Windsurfers, Stand Up Padleboarders, Fishermen, & 4X4 Beach users as we can to show up at this clean up.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE SHOW UP, AT ROBERT MOSES PARKING FIELD 2. Some time between 9 and 12. You don’t have to be at the whole event. Just show up. Even if just for a little while. Every little bit helps. Even an hour will help. 
Bring as many friends as you can.Your spouses, ex spouses, your kids, people you find on the street… anyone! 
Every person means a lot. Thank you so much in advance. 

Dress appropriately for the day. Stay on the beach. Stay off the dunes. We will provide latex gloves and trash bags. 

I recommend long pants, sturdy shoes , & leather work gloves you can get dirty in, if you have them.

I can’t tell you how much we appreciate, and are looking forward to seeing everyone there. We cannot thank you enough.

Maybe we can have a cook out or something at RM2 at noon when we are done. I know Cooky is going to grill hot dogs.

Thanks in advance for showing up. That’s all it takes.

Can I get a head count? The State wants to know roughly how many people will be there.
Note: Bathrooms will be open at field 5.
 The bridge at the Meadowbrook is down to two lanes. 
         So you may want to take another route.

Thank you,


Also Gilgo State Park will be re-opened on April 1st!
March 31st is the last day you can purchase a 4x4 Surfing/Windsurfing permit. 
Or the 4X4 Fishing permit. No exceptions!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

BEACH CLEAN UP Sat. March 23rd. 9:00 - 12:00

BEACH CLEAN UP AT RM2  Sat. March 23rd. 9:00 - 12:00
Everyone should go Robert Moses State Park Beach Field 2 to start…

WE will meet at the Robert Moses 2 Parking lot at 9:00.
From here we can decide who will drive into the park and who will travel by foot from RM2 westward. 
DO NOT DRIVE ON THE BEACH UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY PERMITTED. And have ALL the proper equipment.

Cooky Rondinella of LIBBA reached out to us, and on March 23rd  we will be attempting a pretty ambitious Beach cleanup together. 
The Plan is to clean Democrat Point and Gilgo State Park. It’s a lot of ground to cover.

Cooky and LIBBA will run point on Gilgo
LIBBA will string Piping Plover Fence at Demo
LIBAG will help with the Clean Up at Demo
Our non- 4X4 members will clean up at RM2 along side LIBBA

I cannot stress how important it is to have as many Surfers, Windsurfers, Stand Up Padleboarders, Fishermen, & 4X4 Beach users as we can to show up at this clean up.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE SHOW UP, AT ROBERT MOSES PARKING FIELD 2. Some time between 9 and 12. You don’t have to be at the whole event. Just show up. Even if just for a little while. Every little bit helps. Even an hour will help. 
Bring as many friends as you can.Your spouses, ex spouses, your kids, people you find on the street… anyone! Every person means a lot. Thank you so much in advance. 

Dress appropriately for the day. Stay on the beach. Stay off the dunes. We will provide latex gloves and trash bags

I recommend long pants, sturdy shoes , & leather work gloves you can get dirty in, if you have them.

I’ll post up more details as I get them.
So Save the date Sat. March 23rd.[rain date 24th]

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Maybe we can have a cook out or something at RM2 at noon when we are done. I know Cooky is going to grill hot dogs.

Thanks in advance for showing up. That’s all it takes.

Next week I’ll try to get a head count

LIBAG.ORG

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Beach Clean up! Save the date, Sat. March 23rd.

Save the date Sat. March 23rd.

LIBAG ,LIBBA, & the LI Windsurfers Group will be co-coordinating a NYS Parks Beach clean up. Sat. March 23rd 2019 

The Plan is to clean Democrat Point at Robert Moses State Park and Gilgo State Park. It’s a lot of ground to cover.

The Fishing Community, and the NYS Parks Have suggested that the surfing and windsurfing community take the Democrat Point area as our commitment. 
This is because the only activities allowed on Robert Moses beaches during the Winter, [Jan 1st through April 1st] are surfing and windsurfing.  

That’s us folks. 

The Gilgo State Park clean up will be run by LIBBA.

I’ll post up more details as I get them.
So Save the date Sat. March 23rd.[rain date 24th]

Thanks,

LIBAG.ORG