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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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thank you

Good Day,

We had a pretty good day out there last Saturday. The weather and waves cooperated and we had a decent turnout of @ 25 people. If you were one of us, Thanks again! If you weren't, hopefully we catch up with you next time. 

Your support is important because it shows us at LIBAG that you are behind us in our efforts to date and what we are striving to attain in additional beach access for surfers. We still have many goals ahead of us and we're getting closer to capturing more legal surfing locations, one day at a time. 

What we all can do on any day on the beach is be responsible. Do the things that make sense like bringing a garbage bag and carrying out your litter and any litter you found in your area. Air down your vehicle if you're on the 4x4 beaches and bring along a good quality air inflator/compressor to air up before you hit the highway. Airing up at Demo takes about 7 minutes with the compressor they provide, @12 minutes at Gilgo State Park with your own. 

Do not bring your pets to the beach. We were warned Saturday that if anyone does and is caught, your permit will be pulled! And we were reminded that it is a surfing 4x4 permit, so each occupant of the vehicle should have a flotation device of sort, so bring along additional boards or boogie boards.... just in case. 

Sorry for the rant, I'm not scolding, lol. Just saying that we're being watched with our new found freedom, so we should always be good citizens and on our best behavior. A little bit goes a long way. And it sets a good example for others. 

See ya' at the beach, 


PS: Next locked in clean up is the big NYS/ American Littoral Society event on September 19th at Gilgo Beach and Gilgo State Park 4x4. Put in on your calendar.