The state of New Jersey has taken further legal action against the Jersey Shore town of Ocean Grove.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) served a Notice of Violation to the Christian seaside community on Sept. 14 for its policy of closing its beach on 15 seasonal Sundays for a few hours on those mornings.
The NJDEP forwarded the notice in an email to Fox News Digital, which was addressed to Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Director of Operations Steve Columbo.
Badger told Fox News Digital in a previous interview that the state’s push to open the beach on Sunday mornings during the summer season would be an “infringement” of Ocean Grove’s private property rights.
Recent scenes from Ocean Grove, New Jersey, a town on the Jersey Shore that shows respect for religious observation on 15 seasonal Sundays every year. It’s been facing pushback on this of late. (Joshua Comins/Fox News Digital)
“It’s troubling that when it is known that the people who are seeking to get this reversed are doing it for anti-Christian sentiments, the regulation would be applied unequally compared to other beaches,” he said.
He also spoke earlier about Ocean Grove’s tradition and its respect for religious observation.
The seasonal Sunday morning beach closure “creates a quieter, less stressful environment,” he said.
“It’s in keeping with the historic charm that is characteristic of Ocean Grove and differentiates us from our neighboring communities.”
Angelica Stabile is a lifestyle writer for Fox News Digital.