Jury awards New Jersey homeowners compensation in dune cases

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Juries have awarded homeowners in one New Jersey shore town over a half-million dollars in compensation for some of their beachfront property being used to build a protective sand dune project.

The owners of two homes in Point Pleasant Beach, which was hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, were awarded over $590,000 by juries. The most recent verdict came Thursday when a couple was awarded $330,000 for the loss of beachfront property and oceanfront views. The cases have some environmentalists worried that a wave of similar awards could make it too expensive for the state and federal governments to complete and maintain dunes along most of New Jersey’s 127 miles of coastline. The dune project has faced sustained legal resistance from homeowners seeking to block it.