Dune Wars: New Jersey Seizes Oceanfront Land for Dune Project

A New Jersey city is not appealing a ruling that allows the state to seize oceanfront land for a protective dune project.

The Press of Atlantic City reports Margate's Board of Commissioners unanimously decided against appealing a judge's April ruling that supported the state to seize property for the project using eminent domain.

State environmental regulators plan to assemble strips of privately owned beachfront land along the coast to build dunes.

Gov. Chris Christie began pushing for a protective sand dune project along the state's coast after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the shore in 2012.

Margate has opposed the plan but says it will work to try to address drainage and handicap access issues.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to go out to bid next month.

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