MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, New Jersey took two big steps Wednesday toward protecting its still-vulnerable coastline from future storms.
The state announced the settlement — for $1 — of a lengthy legal dispute between a shore town and an elderly couple who complained that a protective sand dune blocked their ocean views.
Moments later, Gov. Chris Christie authorized the state to take legal action against holdouts whose refusal to sign easements is blocking government beach-protection projects.
In the case that was settled, Harvey and Phyllis Karan went to court after rejecting Harvey Cedars’ offer of $300 in compensation for their lost views. A jury awarded them $375,000.
The state Supreme Court overturned the award in July, saying the jury award didn’t reflect the value of the dune’s protection.
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