Christie Signs Dune Construction Order

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 25, 2013

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Governor Chris Christie has signed an executive order paving the way for the Army Corps or Engineers to build protective dunes along the New Jersey coast.

The governor’s action comes after the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a Harvey Cedars couple. They won a 375-thousand-dollar jury award to compensate for the loss of their ocean view by the construction of a 22-feet-high dune.

The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed that award and ruled that the protection dunes provide must also be considered in determining the value of easements.

The settlement gives the couple one dollar as compensation.

Chris Porrino is director of the New Jersey Division of Law. He says that settlement sends a clear signal.

“The state and the locals will work together to take the easements that are necessary to get these projects built, and there are not going to be windfalls paid to the holdouts that remain.”

Porrino says the state will begin immediately to coordinate legal action to get the easements.

“We’re hopeful that many homeowners will step forward and donate the easements that are required, but for those that don’t we will take them.”

Porrino isn’t sure how long it will take to complete the process so the dune projects can proceed.


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