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Hundreds march to demand dunes in Ortley Beach

Posted on August 6, 2015

By Jean Mikle

Waving American flags and toting signs demanding, “Save our Beach. Dunes now!” more than 600 residents of Ortley Beach and their supporters marched from the bay to the ocean early Saturday to call attention to the narrow beaches and tiny dunes in this oceanfront Toms River neighborhood that they say provide little protection from a strong storm.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to build 22-foot dunes and widen beaches from the Manasquan to Barnegat inlets has been stalled because some beachfront homeowners have continued to resist signing easements — the legal documents the Army Corps needs to gain access to the beach through private property. Most of the missing easements are in Bay Head, where 123 are outstanding, and Point Pleasant Beach, where 68 still are not signed


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