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Ocean City officials consider legal action on dune project

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The war is continuing to wage at the shore, over dunes being built along all 127 miles of New Jersey's coastline. With the governor's permission, for towns to take legal action to obtain the necessary land, officials in Ocean City are prepared to do just that for the remaining 65 properties where the state does not have permission to build.

"Well, unfortunately we would have to take more adversarial approach. We are going to file a mental may proceedings," explains Ocean City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson.

Which is a declaration of taking. Allowing the dunes to be built without permission from property owners. City officials have been collecting beach easements since January, and landowners were given until labor day to turn them in. These easements would give the city permission to build dunes on the beachfront land.

"We need the easements in order to get the sand," explains McCrosson.

It's a tactic some residents are not happy with.

"It makes me feel very sad, it makes no sense whatsoever," explains one resident.

"Its understood that it's a necessary evil to keep the sand there, but it just obstructs the view and that's what you really come down here to see," explains another resident.

The dune building project will be funded by the federal government, if the city is able to obtain the land along the beach.  An area they say needs the most protection.

"The owners from who we're asking for these easements are the first homes to be protected by those dunes," says McCrosson.

But, for those beachfront homeowners, the privileges of living along the beach, outweigh the risks.

"You can see the sunset in the morning, you can see the sunset in the evening. You can see the porpoises in the ocean, you can see the people on the beach, and if the dunes get any higher than what they are now, that's done," explains resident Ann Moffett.

What may be done beginning next Spring won't be popular with many homeowners along the shore.

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