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 solutions 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.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Beach Grass Planting

This Winter was a tough one for Gilgo Beach: there were storms, and unfortunately, there was also a great deal of Police action. An unfortunate result, was that the students scheduled to help Save The Beach dot Org with their annual grass planting were unable to attend.

At the request of  Elizabeth Wintenberger, Facility Manager Robert Moses/ Captree State Parks LIBAG was able to help. With less than a weeks notice, LIBAG was able to coordinate a grass planting with Sallie Phillips of Save The Beach dot Org. We marshaled twelve volunteers who along with the good people of Save The Beach planted 10,000 beach grass plugs. This is good work we enjoy doing. And LIBAG believes this is the right thing to do.

Just like last year it was freezing; but unlike last year it was blowing 20 to 30 knots, and we finished before the rain. All the volunteers were in good spirits and honored to work with the NYS Park’s office and the good people of Save The Beach.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help.