MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Three Jersey shore towns have given themselves authority to seize beachfront land from owners who are blocking the federal government from building a protective dune system after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc a year ago.
Mantoloking, Toms River and Ocean City gave themselves final approval Tuesday to seize the remaining easements it needs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the work.
The votes authorize the towns to acquire land by negotiation or seizing property under the power of eminent domain. Any land seized would have to be paid for.
Towns that had dunes fared much better during Superstorm Sandy than those that did not.
The state wants to build dunes along its entire 127-mile coastline.
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