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Eminent Domain Will Help Expand Public Space at Beaches, State Says for 1st Time

Posted on March 14, 2016

By MaryAnn Spoto, NJ Advance Media for

Private beachfront property taken for a dune-building and beach-widening project would become public space when the work is finished, attorneys for New Jersey said on Friday.

The admission in court was the first time attorneys for the state Department of Environmental Protection publically acknowledged that by seeking easements from oceanfront property owners for beach replenishment, the state is also seeking to expand public space on the beach.

The acknowledgement came during an hour-long conference before Superior Court Assignment Judge Marlene Lynch Ford over how the cases of 30 property owners fighting the takings will be handled in court.


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