TOMS RIVER - Officials in Toms River and Mantoloking are one step closer to forcing homeowners out via eminent domain in order to construct new dunes.

Both municipalities introduced ordinances that, if approved, would allow leaders there to take over privately owned beach properties standing in the way of federally funded dunes. Officials say residents have had long enough to sign easements.

There are currently 19 residents holding out in Toms River and seven in Mantoloking.

Officials from both towns say they cannot afford to wait any longer since the shore remains vulnerable nearly a full year after Sandy.

The ordinances are expected to be approved by councils in both municipalities.