New Jersey officials say oceanfront towns should involve the public when making rules about how to grant access to their beaches.

The latest rule proposal from the Department of Environmental Protection was issued Monday. It also calls for towns to establish places where recreational fishermen can get to the beach day and night.

But how to provide access to the shore is a tricky issue, often pitting out-of-town daytrippers, anglers and surfers against owners of expensive beachfront homes.

The latest plan would require towns to have public involvement when they make their own rules. But it stops short of specific requirements for how they should allow access.

The state has final say over local plans.

Public hearings on the issue are scheduled for April 18 in Avalon and Long Branch.

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