ASHAROKEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is telling Asharoken village officials to either improve its beach-public-access plan or forget about receiving millions of dollars in dune repair funds.

Many area residents who don’t own beachfront property said they support the push for greater public access, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

“If we are taxpayers, yes, and we’re paying for it, we should be able to use it,” said Ashley, a resident.

“It’s like me taking you out to eat and I can’t eat the food; only you can eat the food,” Ashley added. “I mean, that doesn’t make sense.”

The North Shore village has proposed three public access sites to its 2 1/2-mile beach, but the state wants more. There has been no word on whether the village will comply.

Asharoken beachfront homeowners don’t like the state’s insistence that the village allow for more beach public access, Xirinachs reported.

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