Long Beach Township to Enforce Ordinance Making Easement Holdouts Responsible for Dune Maintenance

Feb 26, 2013

Long Beach Township plans to enforce an ordinance making oceanfront homeowners responsible for maintaining the dunes in front of their residences if they have not signed their easements to allow beach replenishment.

The ordinance, which township Mayor Joseph Mancini said is a couple of decades old, was revised in 2010.

“We’ve been fixing the dunes in front of people’s homes that have signed,” said Mancini. “If people haven’t signed, that indicates they don’t want us on their property.”

More easements – which are necessary to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the beachfill project – are coming in to the township regularly, the mayor added.

“People have finally realized that Ken Porro (the attorney for a number of easement holdouts on Long Beach Island) has been lying to them,” said Mancini. “They thought we would build a boardwalk, or put bathrooms on the beaches, which is totally not true.”

Last year the township was able to utilize federal funding, and had collected enough easements, to see replenishment along an approximately one-mile stretch of Brant Beach, from 31st Street to 57th Street. The township in total is a divided 12 miles of beachfront.

Island municipalities Surf City and Harvey Cedars have already received beach renourishment, and will undergo emergency replenishment due to storm erosion.

The Holgate section of the township was hard-hit during Superstorm Sandy, and officials and residents have been working to convince easement holdouts in that area to sign so that the municipality can move forward with beach replenishment. As of Monday, there was just one holdout remaining in Holgate.

“The clock is ticking,” said Mancini. “We need to get this done.” —J.K.-H.

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