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The fight for dunes in Ocean City continues

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Ocean City City Council voted last night to go after land needed for the construction of a shore protection system along the South End Beach.

The city has asked for written easements, that is to allow the city to use private, empty land to create the dunes, but some landowners are still not granting permission.

So the city is considering either purchasing or taking the land by eminent domain.

Michael Allegretto City Council V.P. Ocean City stated, "Years ago people bought lots or actual beached lots, they were in the beach or dune zone so they can never be built on, so it's really just a paper lot that's there that the city does not have or the state does not have, but you still have to get access to put the sand on the beach, with those lots we hope we can acquire them through eminent domain or purchase so we have them going forward."

Governor Christie recently gave towns permission to take legal action against those who haven't turned in easements.

The city is hoping to move quickly to gain access to the land as an army corp of engineer's beach replenishment project is planned for the spring and the city hopes every three years following.

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