Shore communities consider implementing eminent domain in order to build giant protective dune

For many residents living along the Jersey Shore, the decision to go along with a protective dune project is a simple one. The massive Army

For many residents living along the Jersey Shore,

For many residents living along the Jersey Shore, the decision to go along with a protective dune project is a simple one. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

MANTOLOKING - For many residents living along the Jersey Shore, the decision to go along with a protective dune project is a simple one.

The massive Army Corp dune project would stretch from Manasquan to Barnegat Inlet to protect against future storm damage.

"Anybody with any common sense at all would say we've just got to do this," Mantoloking resident Don Redlinger says.

Toms River officials feel the same but are losing patience with property owners who are refusing to sign easements which would allow the project to move forward. Tuesday night, the council there voted unanimously to use eminent domain against any holdouts, and urged neighboring communities on the barrier island to do the same.

Many of the names of the holdouts have been made public, and residents have tried reasoning with their neighbors.

The town of Mantoloking has easements from 123 of 128 land owners and are still hoping the other five come around.

"The Army Corps project will add a significant amount of beach to our beach and will protect the homes and town," according to Chris Nelson, Special Counsel for Mantoloking.

Convinced one solid dune is their best protection, officials in both communities are counting on their neighbors to get their holdouts on board.
 

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