MANTOLOKING - The Jersey shore town hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy is closer to getting protective sand dunes that many of its oceanfront homeowners didn't want.

Of those 128 oceanfront homes, Mantoloking has completed property assessments for the last 10 holdouts who won't sign easements for the work to begin.

The state plans to launch eminent domain proceedings if they still refuse.

Virtually all of the 521 homes that existed in Mantoloking before the 2012 storm were damaged or destroyed by it.

Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says the state will file dozens more court motions to seize beachfront land strips for the dune project within the next 30 to 45 days, including land in Mantoloking and Brick Township.

Statewide, 239 easements remain for the beach work.