TOMS RIVER - Only one private property owner has signed an easement in the Ortley Beach section of Toms River to allow dunes to be built on private land.
Ken Fitzsimmons, special attorney to the township, says he sent out easements to 30 private property owners, but that they are reluctant to sign them.
"In their minds, they don't want to give up the right to receive revenue from the beach in front of their property, and they don't want to give up the right to exclusively use it," says Fitzsimmons.
If residents sign the easement, tax dollars would be used to create the dunes. Private condo associations would then be required to provide public beach access. Badges would be made available for sale, and money from the sales would go to private condo associations.
Residents who live further inland have been encouraging their oceanfront neighbors to agree to the dune project.
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