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Enviros: New coastal building rules are dangerous


LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Environmentalists say New Jersey’s proposed new rules for coastal development would place more people and property at risk from future storms like Superstorm Sandy.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says it’s acting to streamline regulations and cut red tape while maintaining environmental protections.

But some environmentalists say the rules are a gift to developers and fail to learn the lessons of Sandy.

Wednesday’s hearing is in Long Branch, followed by one in Trenton on Thursday, and one in Tuckerton next month.

The rules would make it easier to build or expand marinas and add restaurants to them, and make it easier to build one or two-family homes in coastal areas.