A battle rages on the NJ coastlines to save communities from the ravages of future Hurricane Sandy type natural disasters by building 22′ high sand dunes along the most exposed beaches. The problem is that a minority of beachfront property owners won’t sign easements to allow the dunes to get built. But a favorable ruling by a local judge this summer has emboldened communities to threaten eminent domain.
Link to article By Kate Zenike, Sept 4, 2013 NYT
Much of the Surf City, NJ coastline has been built up with high sand dunes constructed by the Army Corp of Engineers, but resistance from some property owners on the front row leaves some portions of the beach unprotected and exposed from storm surges threatening homeowners behind them.