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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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Save the Date, 9/20, for the New York State 2014 Beach Cleanup!

Hi there from LIBAG,

We at LIBAG hope you're having a great summer. It's so nice to be able to hang out at our favorite beaches legally whether by 4x4 with the issuance of the New York State Surfing permit for Democrat Point, and this year's inclusion of Gilgo State Park, [commonly referred to as the Hemlock area and Old Coast Guard]. This year the Town of Babylon also reinstated the TOB 4x4 Permit at the Old Coast Guard Station. 

The above and other victories like parking lot access in the NYS Park's system are all part of LIBAG's efforts to increase the fun at our local Long Island beaches. 

Our work goes on behind the scenes. We will be meeting with NYS Park's officials to hopefully move forward soon on other locations on our south shore ocean and bay front areas heading east! 

As to the topic of this post, and not to keep you from the surf, we are also concerned about the accumulating trash on our beaches. Some brought by our neighbors, much brought in from wave action from another area. But it is there. And needs to be cleaned up. 

We all try to do that on an every day basis by bringing our own trash bag and clearing our "spot". And that is very commendable. 

On Saturday, September 20th, at 9AM, LIBAG is sponsoring 2 locations to be cleaned up with American Littoral Society's New York State Beach Cleanup 2014. We have done this for the last 5 or 6 years and it is incredible. Many of you have joined us in this effort and we hope we can count on you and your friends once again.

First timer? Welcome! You can also help us count every bottle cap and cigarette butt and more and then we weigh it too!

Sounds like fun, right? Last year our group weighed out over 371 pounds from Gilgo beach and parking lot! 

This year we are doing that area again, and in addition, we will have another crew running the same type of clean-up on the 4x4 Gilgo State Park area, and that's about a 2 mile stretch of sand. We NEED a lot of bodies for both locations. 

If you choose for the 4x4 area, please be sure you have the current NYS 4x4 permit(either fishing or surfing). The Town of Babylon 2010 4x4 Surfing Permit is also acceptable. No cars are allowed in this area! No exceptions. 

The parking lot access at Gilgo Beach is Free for that date
Rain date is the 21st. 
 Please help us, to help the Town of Babylon and New York State Parks. 
American Littoral Society
New York State Beach Cleanup 2014

Thank you for Participating in the New York State 2014 Beach Cleanup! We're proud to host it every year and honored that you want to help. The impact you make on the environment matters!

LIBAG & The American Littoral Society

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

Big swell out there. Gonna’ get bigger
Higher tides than normal.
Pop up thunderstorms.
It’s the 4th of July weekend, there will be crowds.

There’s plenty of swell out there.
Don’t crowd the usual places.
Find a new secret spot. 
It will be breaking in places it usually doesn’t.

So be careful.
Be safe.
Be considerate.

Then there will be plenty of beach to go around .