Federal Judge Restrains Government Action On Dune Project in Margate
Yesterday, a United States District Court judge restrained the U.S. Army Corps and NJDEP from any further action towards their joint Little Egg Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project pending further hearings to be held in two weeks time. The City of Margate, which owns the beach west of the State’s public trust area, does not want to be saddled with the DEP/Army Corps dune project, and filed a complaint in federal court alleging that the governmental entities had violated federal and State law when they attempted to “take” part of the municipalities ocean-front property without complying with the Eminent Domain Act. The federal judge initially agreed and has issued an order temporarily restraining the federal and state agencies from acting in furtherance of the project.
Another hearing has been set for December 17th in the action.
We’ll keep you posted.
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