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April 13, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
In the contentious battle over Gov. Christie's desire to build dunes along the entire coast of New Jersey, a judge in Atlantic County ruled Monday that the state may seize 87 municipally owned parcels in Margate needed to restart a $40 million shore protection project. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said the state's use of eminent domain was "not arbitrary and capricious" or an abuse of the state's power. In the 65-page ruling, Mendez wrote that the Army Corps of Engineers' plan had been developed over six years, involved numerous experts working thousands of hours, and was adopted by Congress.
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February 8, 2002 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
One of the out-and-out debacles of David Lynch's film career, Dune - the director's extravagant, way-long 1984 adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fier - is nonetheless a fascinating, fun thing to behold. Set on a desert planet in the year 10,991 and featuring wild sandstorms and giant, wormy monsters, the movie is an unsuccessful blend of Dino DeLaurentian spectacle and Lynchian dreamscapes. Watch Kyle MacLachlan, Brad Dourif, Linda Hunt, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Stewart, and Max Von Sydow go overboard in a big way. I wish that I could say Dune unlocks the enigma that is Mulholland Drive, but it doesn't.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - Voters in this resort south of Atlantic City have rejected a plan for a dune project, despite Sandy's thrashing of the Jersey Shore a year ago - when in hours, one storm washed away as much sand from the beaches and dunes as it normally would take a decade to remove. In Tuesday's election, 65 percent of the 2,292 residents who cast ballots said no to the $20 million Army Corps of Engineers' fully federally funded project. The corps wants to construct 12-foot-high dunes along the 1.5-mile-long beachfront.
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May 2, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - On this barrier island, hard-hit by Sandy six months ago, oceanfront property owners had exactly one day to finally sign over easements to allow the government to build a new dune system or face public ridicule, Gov. Christie told a packed auditorium Tuesday. The administration intends to build a fortified dune system along New Jersey's 127-mile coastline, Christie said at his 107th town hall meeting. Stubborn homeowners spreading false information to their neighbors won't stop him, he added.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Margate's effort to bar a massive sand dune from its beaches may be over, but as city officials drove the beach last week the dune project - due to start in the fall - seemed as welcome as sand fleas. "The dunes will create potential problems with drainage," City Commissioner John Amodeo, head of public safety, declared from the backseat of a municipal SUV. His observation won a nod from Public Works Director Frank Ricciotti, who was driving, and a "yup" from city engineer Ed Walberg, who sat in back with Amodeo.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - As a new-moon high tide Monday pushed flood waters into nearby streets again, a judge listened to final arguments over whether he should allow the state to condemn 87 lots owned by the City of Margate in order to proceed with a Shore-protection dune project. "The state made use of the best technology, the best advice," attorney Stephen Eisdorfer argued before Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez. "It made rational decisions that maximize the benefit and minimize the harm, both to Margate, and to Ventnor and Longport.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - The message was clear Wednesday morning from the mayors of Ventnor and Longport to Margate, the beach town that sits between them: Get out the way and allow a protective dune to be built. After filing suit against the state Department of Environmental Protection, Margate will appear in federal court on Thursday to continue to plead its case to prevent the DEP and the Army Corps of Engineers from proceeding with a $74 million project that would build a contiguous dune along the length of Absecon Island from Atlantic City south to Longport.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Margate is throwing in the beach towel and ending its long and expensive challenge to New Jersey's dune project. City officials confirmed Wednesday that they would not appeal a judge's April ruling that the state may seize municipal and private properties to create protective sand dunes along the beachfront. "On the advice of a lot of people, the [city] commissioners agreed unanimously that the risk/reward was not there in respect to taking it any further," said Richard Deaney, Margate's business manager.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | Associated Press
TRENTON - New Jersey's top court said Friday it will issue its opinion Monday on whether homeowners should be compensated for losing ocean views when dunes are built. The high court's decision will come in the widely watched case of a Long Beach Island couple who sued and won a jury verdict for $375,000 to make up for the view they lost when their town built a dune in 2010. The town, Harvey Cedars, appealed, saying that a house protected from a flood is more valuable than one that is not. The house at the center of the case, belonging to Harvey and Phyllis Karan, survived Sandy in October.
NEWS
November 26, 1989 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
As dune grass goes, sea oats has a lot going for it. It takes root quickly, covering a dune in 18 months, and is not bothered by the insects and diseases that play havoc with other dune grass. But it has a minor flaw: It can't stand the cold. Good for Florida's beaches; not so good for New Jersey's. On the other hand, Sea Isle Japanese Sedge doesn't mind the cold. Or the bugs. But the stuff takes so darn long to grow - nearly three years to cover a dune. The garden variety dune grass, Cape American, can cover the same dune in less than a year, even in cold weather.
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NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
With officials in Avalon, N.J., refusing to abort plans to cut down more than 100 Japanese black pine trees in the borough's 40-block dune forest, which they say are infested with a deadly beetle, a resident skeptical that the pines are dying is taking the issue to the federal level. Martha Wright, 60, has submitted three complaints over the last month to the Government Accountability Office alleging that by accepting a federally funded grant of $24,000 from the state to remove the trees, Avalon is committing fraud and mismanaging federal funds.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
AVALON, N.J. - You don't expect to necessarily have a sound track, let alone a Bob Dylan-alluding surprise, found along the 1.1-mile self-guided Avalon Dune Trail, lately in the news because of a plan to cut down some (nonnative) Japanese black pines that has stirred up controversy and conspiracy theories among residents. But there it was, and it was not blowing in the wind. Rather, it was hidden behind a fence post on the 48th Street trail back to the street, and you'd either have to have a geocaching treasure-hunt app on your phone to know where to look, or, alternatively, you'd just have to follow a girl in jellies leaving the beach - who adamantly and perhaps admirably refused to either comment or give her name - who knew where to look and had signed her name earlier on the little yellow scroll contained inside the pillbox.
NEWS
June 25, 2016
ISSUE | JERSEY SHORE Ventnor once had dunes An article about Margate's concerns about building a massive sand dune said that the last 10 blocks in Ventnor never had dunes ("Line in the sand," Monday). Actually, the dunes were built, but the ocean waited until the summer people left and then clawed away at the sand, creating a dangerous cliff. The Army Corps of Engineers had misjudged Mother Nature, and the dunes needed to be leveled for safety. Remaining is the buttress to the dunes at Fredericksburg Avenue, the last street in Ventnor.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Margate's effort to bar a massive sand dune from its beaches may be over, but as city officials drove the beach last week the dune project - due to start in the fall - seemed as welcome as sand fleas. "The dunes will create potential problems with drainage," City Commissioner John Amodeo, head of public safety, declared from the backseat of a municipal SUV. His observation won a nod from Public Works Director Frank Ricciotti, who was driving, and a "yup" from city engineer Ed Walberg, who sat in back with Amodeo.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Margate is throwing in the beach towel and ending its long and expensive challenge to New Jersey's dune project. City officials confirmed Wednesday that they would not appeal a judge's April ruling that the state may seize municipal and private properties to create protective sand dunes along the beachfront. "On the advice of a lot of people, the [city] commissioners agreed unanimously that the risk/reward was not there in respect to taking it any further," said Richard Deaney, Margate's business manager.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
AVALON, N.J. - It's now the season before the season, when towns along the New Jersey coast ready their beaches for the post-Memorial Day crowds who will be clamoring for a spot on the sand as soon as ambient and ocean-water temperatures soar. Armed with heavy equipment and detailed plans - that mostly center on moving beach sand that over the winter migrated from one place to another because of shifting tides and ferocious winds - places like this Cape May County beach town send public-works crews and private contractors to the strands to do the work.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
In the contentious battle over Gov. Christie's desire to build dunes along the entire coast of New Jersey, a judge in Atlantic County ruled Monday that the state may seize 87 municipally owned parcels in Margate needed to restart a $40 million shore protection project. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said the state's use of eminent domain was "not arbitrary and capricious" or an abuse of the state's power. In the 65-page ruling, Mendez wrote that the Army Corps of Engineers' plan had been developed over six years, involved numerous experts working thousands of hours, and was adopted by Congress.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - As a new-moon high tide Monday pushed flood waters into nearby streets again, a judge listened to final arguments over whether he should allow the state to condemn 87 lots owned by the City of Margate in order to proceed with a Shore-protection dune project. "The state made use of the best technology, the best advice," attorney Stephen Eisdorfer argued before Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez. "It made rational decisions that maximize the benefit and minimize the harm, both to Margate, and to Ventnor and Longport.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Expert witnesses for the state, testifying in favor of building a dune system that Margate opposes, told a court Friday that the plan is based on current technologies and data. They contradicted two experts for Margate who argued Thursday that state and federal officials were relying on stale data and old modeling to reach their conclusion. Margate filed suit against the state to prevent it from using eminent domain to seize 87 city-owned beach lots and proceed with a plan by the Christie administration to build dunes along the entire 127-mile New Jersey shoreline.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The City of Margate bellied up to the no-dunes bar in an Atlantic City courtroom Thursday, arguing that the state and the Army Corps of Engineers improperly relied on 20-year-old data and old models of the coastline to justify a beachfront dune project ordered by Gov. Christie. "It's almost the perfect storm in reaching the wrong decision," civil engineer Charles Rooney, a former Army Corps employee, testified. Margate, one of the trio of "selfish" towns singled out by Christie during his recent trip back to New Jersey during last month's winter storm, does not want the state to be allowed to use eminent domain to seize 87 city-owned lots along the beachfront it needs to proceed with building the dune.
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