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Implementing Municipal Public Access Plans
Public Outreach
Opportunities for Providing Public Access

Source: NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Management Office, Public Access in New Jersey: the Public Trust Doctrine and Practical Steps to Enhance Public Access, by Robert Freudenberg, Trenton, NJ, 2006 (pdf)

IV. Opportunities for Providing Public Access

F. Outreach
Public awareness and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the Public Trust Doctrine and its implications is a critical component of a successful effort to improve coastal public access. Outreach campaigns provide excellent opportunities to involve and educate the public. When people know their rights and the benefits of public access, they will be more likely to support regulatory changes such as new ordinances and will also demand consideration from their local and state decision-makers. Outreach efforts are vital in allaying the many, and often inaccurate, concerns about increased public access. Outreach can be accomplished in a variety of ways and by both governmental and non-governmental organizations. Examples of possible outreach opportunities include:

  • Government sponsored educational workshops
  • Additions to local school curriculums
  • Resource centers provided by advocacy groups
  • Eco-tours of parks and other spaces acquired or held for public access
  • Educational signage, exhibits, written material, and Web sites
  • Media coverage through public service announcements, editorials/letters, articles

 

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