Beach Access
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Beach Access

Before you build trails or stairways to the beach, think carefully about how you may be affecting the stability of your property and the health of the beach.

Paths Can Increase Erosion

Clearing a path may create a new corridor for water to drain creating gullies and slope instability. Building a stairway may require construction of a bulkhead later.

Consider sharing a path to the beach with neighbors.

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Beach Access: What to Consider

  • Where is the best site for access?
  • Are there options for shared access?
  • How much clearing will be involved?
  • Will it cause negative impacts to the beach?
  • Will it be safe?
  • What permits will be needed?

Related Links

Online Permit Assistance, Governor's Office
Permit information and guidance. 

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