Here's the NIMBY wrap-up for the week of Tuesday, August 13th.
Secondly, Interboro is one of ten teams recently selected by HUD and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to participate in an initiative called "Rebuild by Design." As part of our research, we have been doing a lot of research about beach access in New Jersey. Access to New Jersey's beaches is protected by the PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE, but this doesn't stop towns from trying their hardest to restrict access, by restricting parking, not building paths, posting phony signs, and even disguising access points as front yards. Superstorm Sandy actually offers an opportunity to better enforce the doctrine: After Superstorm Sandy, State Senators Steve Sweeney and Mike Doherty proposed legislation that would force municipalities that accept state or federal aid to rebuild storm-damaged beaches to provide beach access and beach restroom facilities to the public free of charge. Anyway, in spending a few days researching, we came across some good links:
-On the elusiveness of access
-On an interesting plan for complying with the accessibility mandate
-A message from NJDEP on post-Sandy accessibility
-We had never heard of "Beachapedia" but we're happy to know about it now! Here's a handy summary of accessibility rules.
-C.R.A.B. is a good beach-access advocacy group. Check out their "Beachwheels!"
Here's an article in Huffington Post about "No Muslim Parking" Signs posted in a shopping center in Texas.
Here's another random story about a family that is trying to make their neighbors remove a handicapped ramp from in front of their home because they claim it lowers their home's property value.