October 10, 2015 |
MARGATE, N.J. - A week after calling this well-heeled beach town "selfish" for refusing to give up land needed for the state's dune project, Gov. Christie on Thursday moved to give Margate no choice. The state said it had filed an eminent domain action against the City of Margate to gain access to city-owned beachfront easements needed for the project. The city's opposition has caused the Army Corps of Engineers to abort plans for dunes for Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. Prior to the filing, the state had offered Margate $29,000 for nine beachfront easements, based on an appraisal, the city said.
October 7, 2015 |
AVALON, N.J. - Despite the sunny sky on Tuesday - a contrast to the dismal weather brought by a weekend nor'easter that chewed up beaches and pulled tons of sand offshore - the surf along the Ninth Street beach here remained kicked up as a crew of coastal geologists began assessing the damage from the storm. "This is really the best time to be out here," said Crist Robine, chief sedimentologist and geoscience specialist at the Stockton University Coastal Research Center in Galloway Township.
April 6, 2015 |
ROSEMARY BEACH, Fla. - It's almost morning, and the birds know it. There is a symphony of chirping, tweeting, warbling, and trilling. Gulls jostle over scraps of fish. Then, the water catches fire with the rising sun, and I can see the Gulf of Mexico cresting, collapsing. Beyond the scrawling signature of the shoreline, a wake chases a fishing boat, and far beyond is the almost imperceptible horizon of sky and sea. About 10 miles to my left, I see the high-rises of Panama City; to my right, even farther away, are the high-rises of Destin.
February 24, 2015 |
Harvey Cedars Mayor Jonathan Oldham calls his town "a poster child" for why he thinks building dunes and replenishing beaches along the New Jersey coast are really good ideas. More than two million cubic yards of sand were pumped onto Harvey Cedars' mile-long beachfront in 2010. And like the rest of Long Beach Island, the town suffered extensive flooding and residential and commercial property damage when Hurricane Sandy roared ashore Oct. 29, 2012, and created a $68 billion disaster up and down the coast.
January 17, 2015 |
A federal judge decided Thursday that the State of New Jersey cannot - at least immediately - begin construction of protective dunes on Margate's beaches until another court confirms that the state has easement rights. The dispute between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Margate belongs in Superior Court, where a judge can decide, based on eminent domain law, whether state authorities have the right to turn a large portion of Margate's beach into dunes, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb said in her ruling following a hearing in federal court in Camden.
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.
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.
December 5, 2014 |
It is the beach town that roared. Or at least filed suit. And on Thursday, Gov. Christie's grand plan to build one continuous dune along the entire coast of New Jersey will be challenged in U.S. District Court by the City of Margate, whose voters have stubbornly opposed the dune in two referendums. Last month, Margate's lawyers, including former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, made good on their threats and sued the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to try to stop the awarding of a contract for construction on its beaches, which they said was imminent.
November 6, 2014 |
It has become a battle over Margate's beaches. New Jersey officials said Wednesday that they were unimpressed by a vote Tuesday in Margate that authorized the city to take legal action to block the state's dune and beach replenishment project. In fact, not only does the state plan to go ahead with the project - known in Margate as the "Duneboggle" - but also says it now technically has control of the beach in Margate, the result of filing last month to acquire city-owned easements through eminent domain.
October 18, 2014 |
New Jersey has obtained more than 80 percent of the property easements it needs to go ahead with dune construction and beach widening, to protect shorefronts against future storms, state officials announced Thursday. But even though about 2,400 easements have been secured, about 450 holdouts remain, which could lead to expensive and time-consuming court battles, officials said. "We appreciate that many property owners - clearly mindful of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy - have unselfishly donated easements for the greater good rather than engage the state in protracted litigation," said acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.