ORTLEY BEACH - Three Jersey Shore towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy have taken new steps to prevent future storm damage.

Mantoloking, Ocean City and Ortley Beach approved eminent domain ordinances Tuesday in order to take land from beachfront homeowners who refuse to agree to protective dune projects.

Public hearings were held in both towns, however no one from the public chose to comment.

The decision to use eminent domain came after months of trying to get homeowners to sign easements allowing the towns to construct 22-foot-high protective dunes that will offer storm protection.

Fifteen Ortley Beach landowners and seven Mantoloking homeowners have refused to sign the easements.