July 28, 2016 | Number of The Day
Number of public-access sites to waterways catalogued in new online tool

The Department of Environmental Protection has created a new online map tool that plots public-access locations for beaches and waterways in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. Thus far, the tool includes 2,900 access points and highlights parking, the availability of restrooms and food, and other key factors such as a requirement for beach tags or handicap accessibility.

The map currently focuses on ocean beach accessibility, but the DEP is collecting data on 13 other counties that will enable visitors to find access to tidal waterways, with fishing destinations and boating entry points.