Easements Still Needed For Shore Protection Projects
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
May 2, 2013
Governor Chris Christie wants a coastal protection system built along the entire Jersey Shore.
Some beachfront property owners are still reluctant to grant easements for the projects.
Brick Township Mayor Steve Acropolis says more people are likely to sign the easements that now specify they’re just for beach protection projects.
“So for the 50 year easement that you have it’s just for this project. People are concerned that let’s say 10 years from now, 20 years from now, it’s a different governor, a different mayor, well now the town wants to put a boardwalk in, well you have an easement we can do that. That’s been taken out of the easement.”
Acropolis says the biggest impediment to getting people to sign the easements centers on just where the Army Corps of Engineers is going to put the dune line.
Once that’s clarified he expects more homeowners will give their approval.
150 easements are needed in Brick to allow the shore restoration, and so far only about half of them have been signe
Every house in Mantoloking was damaged by Sandy, and 200 of them were destroyed.
Mayor George Nebel is urging homeowners to sign easements allowing for the shore protection projects.
“We tried to get the beach re-nourished here in 2007. We had a major campaign. We had over half the oceanfront owners signing easements, not near enough. We didn’t do it. Had we done it then, we wouldn’t have this situation now. Now we must. Sandy proved that we must replenish the beach.”
Nebel says only 13 of the 128 properties on the oceanfront in Mantoloking have not granted easements, and he’s hoping the holdouts will come around in the next few weeks.
Governor Christie has vowed the shore protection work will proceed with, or without, the homeowners’ approval.