ASBURY PARK: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says that the county's beaches and waters are looking good for the summer of 2016.
"The state of the shore is outstanding," Martin said a State of the Shore media event in Asbury Park on May 26. "The Jersey Shore is such an important part of our culture."
Martin said the county's beaches are in good condition following several beach replenishment projects by the Army Corps of Engineers. One of those projects is ongoing between Takanassee Beach in Long Branch and southern Deal.
He 99.9 percent of all the state's beaches were open for recreational bathing last summer and expects a similar percentage this year.
An interactive map was revealed during the event which uses geographic information system technology to locate the 2,900 beach access points and allows users to get a glimpse of a particular access point via an aerial or street view. Each point features a pop-up window that provides a street address and amenities available at the location, including parking, handicap accessibility, restrooms, boardwalks and forms of recreation permitted.
Martin said the water quality at each of access points has also been tested and is "excellent."
Coastal Process Specialist Dr. Jon Miller said state residents can expect an "average" hurricane season with 12 names storms including 3-4 hurricanes.