New Jersey: taking land to save it?

by Walter Olson on November 26, 2012

If the town’s dune project saved their house but also spoiled their view, are the oceanfront owners owed compensation? [Asbury Park Press]


1 Mike 11.26.12 at 10:54 am

Not sure why the municipality would have proceeded with the project without getting a waiver from each homeowner, and acknowledgment that they had viewed & understood the project and its consequences.

2 Mike 11.27.12 at 10:47 am

On Long Island, these kinds of projects are generally done through a dune replenishment special district formed by the township, and property owners are brought “on board” regarding the environmental effects (deposit sand dredged from a shallow ocean area, then place it on the beach, from which, after a few years of storms, it will wash out to sea…and be brought in again) and the expense (huge, but worth it for waterfront real estate).
For a project that was not handled so adroitly, with poor results, see the Suffolk County, L.I., stone jetty/groins project : (allegedly) resulting in massive erosion and (actually) resulting in lawsuits.

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