April 13, 2016 |
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.
February 8, 2002 |
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.
November 10, 2013 |
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.
May 2, 2013 |
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.
February 10, 2016 |
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.
December 6, 2014 |
Score one for the beach bums of Margate in their quixotic fight against Gov. Christie's 127-mile sand dune. In court in Camden on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb told the state it can't just take Margate's land with an administrative order to expedite its shore protection project. She ordered her temporary restraining order continued until at least Dec. 17, a setback for the state that, in effect, allows Margate to stand in the way of a $74 million portion of the project ordered by Christie.
January 16, 2015 |
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.
July 7, 2013 |
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.
November 26, 1989 |
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.
September 27, 2013 |
A Harvey Cedars, N.J., couple locked in a long-running legal battle with the borough after it built a protective sand dune on part of their property have settled the case for $1, state officials announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, Gov. Christie ordered the state Attorney General's Office to "immediately take action" to obtain easements from landowners to build more protective dunes along the shoreline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. "We can no longer be held back from completing these critical projects by a small number of owners who are selfishly concerned about their view while putting large swaths of homes and businesses around them at risk," Christie said in a statement.