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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- People in the Holland area are taking action to protect access to a popular public beach.

Last month, Park Township officials blocked people from parking where New Holland meets Lakeshore Drive.

That's close to a path leading to the New Holland road-end beach.

People who live in the area say the parking ban restricts their access.

Park Township officials put up the signs because of complaints of late-night activity, including alcohol, fires and traffic problems. Residents who object started an online petition to take to the township, according to Dan Scheerhorn.

"The people who live here have rights, too," he says. "It's really the township's decision, how they want to have these road-end beaches used. It's part of our lives really. It's a thing we do: we come down to the beach, go for walks, watch the sunset."

About 750 people have signed the online petition. Find a link to it here.

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