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, February 26, 2013

Heckscher is on.

We are still on for this Saturday March 2 nd at at noon.
We should have a heated warming tent set up. So people should be able to still help with a 4/3 wetsuit or thicker.  Thank you all and see you there

We are doing the water walk at Heckscher this Saturday March 2'nd. At 12:00 noon. The more that show up...the faster we will get it done. I hope to see as many as we can there. Meet at field 7 ( Joe's Beach).
Thank you all!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Heckscher waterwalk is going to be postponed this weekend. There's a storm coming and it's not looking like such a nice weekend to walk around in the water. The more time consuming issue is to get the lot cleaned up. So we're postponing the waterwalk until the following weekend (hopefully there's no more storms on the horizon). We'll keep you updated with the day and times.

Monday, February 18, 2013

LIBAG's members have been busy this Fall.

Many of our members have been busy donating their time and labor to rebuilding the waterfront.   

In Long Beach, crowbars, shovels, and sore backs were our tools in trade.  We wish to thank Waves 4 Water, Long Beach Surfers Assoc., Strong Island, Sandy Help LB, and Surfrider for their, fundraising, and organization efforts.  However, too many are still without homes. 

At Jones Beach, many of us worked in the cleanups organized by the Ocean Conservancy and Clean Ocean Action through 

On the North Shore, there were local efforts in Centerport and Port Washington.

In Lindenhurst, we worked at Ray the Plumber’s Barbecue cooking local residents hot meals. We distributed much needed food, water, clothing, and cleaning supplies.

We continue to be in close contact with officials in the town of Babylon and the NYS office of Parks.  Dredging operations have already started, but it will depend on the weather and Federal funding to determine how much can be accomplished, and when.  Once the heavy equipment leaves, these dunes will need to be stabilized.  There will be a lot of beach grass that needs to be planted.  We will do our best to keep you posted on progress and dates. 

Heckscher State Park, Sunday, February 24th.

Next week we will start to tackle Heckscher State Park on The Great South Bay.  Sunday, February 24th, will be the first of many cleanups there.  We will be working with the Long Island Windsurfing Group.  If we want to open this park this season . . . we have to make it happen.  As many of you who can . . . Please show up at Heckscher with your drysuits or wetsuits ready to get wet.  We will be checking field 7 [Joe's Beach], and the swimming area to the east for submerged hazards.  If you don't want to get wet show up any way, there is plenty of work to be done.  

Thank you all for your extraordinary efforts,