TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors have scored a legal victory over a southern New Jersey couple that was seeking roughly $800,000 for an easement on their property that was needed to build a sand dune and beachfront protection project.
Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman says an Ocean County jury determined that Harvey Cedars residents Victor and Carolyn Groisser should only get $300. The verdict was handed down Friday following a four-day trial, but it wasn’t made public until Monday afternoon
The couple had argued that the easement was worth about $200,000. They also sought more than $600,000 in damages. But the jury agreed with state and local officials who said the benefits of coastal protection outweighed the Groissers’ claims for damages, and that on balance the easement itself was worth only $300.