BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. —
New Jersey householders have been preventing Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to construct protecting sand dunes since he introduced the trouble months after Superstorm Sandy.
They’ve misplaced at virtually each flip.
However 5 years after the storm, the newest problem introduced by householders objecting to the state’s intention to grab privately owned land for the dune and seashore widening venture may need one of the best probability of succeeding out of the half-dozen which have gone earlier than judges, to date.
A condominium affiliation in Berkeley Township, simply south of Seaside Heights, the place the infamous MTV actuality collection “Jersey Shore” was filmed, is preventing New Jersey’s try and seize a part of their privately owned seashore for the dune undertaking.
What makes this case uncommon is the dimensions of the dune that is already there, which was constructed, paid for and maintained by the householders. The 25-foot-tall dune, which is a number of many years previous and bolstered annually by discarded Christmas timber that lure sand and add to the dune construction, is taller than what the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers plans to construct there.
It successfully protected the 386 small homes behind it throughout Sandy.
“The place’s the widespread sense?” requested Dominick Solazzo, president of the Halfway Seashore Condominium Affiliation that owns the seashore. “It is simply loopy. How are you going to offer us one thing that is lower than what we have already got and inform us it may be higher?”
The case is to be heard Friday in state Superior Courtroom by the identical decide that has dominated towards dune objectors on two earlier events, ruling that the state has the suitable to proceed with land condemnations for the undertaking.
A coastal storm on Sunday, the fifth anniversary of Sandy, brought about some erosion within the space however left the dune largely intact. The state Division of Environmental Safety stated Sunday’s storm didn’t seem to trigger vital erosion alongside the shore.
Anthony DellaPelle is the lawyer for the Halfway Seashore rental affiliation. He beforehand represented householders objecting to the dune challenge in Bay Head, the place they claimed that the privately constructed and maintained rock wall provided the identical or higher safety than the state and federal challenge, and in Level Nice Seashore, the place householders included the Republican governor’s brother, Todd Christie. In each instances, Decide Marlene Lynch Ford dominated in favor of the state.
However DellaPelle says that this case is a transparent instance of making an attempt to repair an issue that does not exist.