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Brick to Condemn Dune Land From Oceanfront Easement Holdouts

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A steel revetment along Brick's oceanfront, looking south from Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A steel revetment along Brick’s oceanfront, looking south from Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township council on Tuesday night will consider an ordinance formally condemning slivers of oceanfront land from homeowners who have refused to sign easements allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a protective dune.

The ordinance, which will be introduced on first reading Tuesday and would require a second vote and public hearing, would immediately take the properties in question if passed. The ordinance does not take entire properties; just the small amount of beachfront needed to build and maintain the dune.

Late last month, Business Administrator Joanne Bergin told Shorebeat that the township had 44 property owners who were refusing to sign the easements. The township’s financial risk in taking the plots of sand by eminent domain is relatively small, land use experts say, since the state Supreme Court last year threw out a $375,000 judgment given to a Harvey Cedars couple who had their easement land taken for a beach replenishment project in Long Beach Island. Under new rules that require juries to consider the dune protection as an added value, most similar takings have yielded no more than a few hundred dollars worth of compensation for homeowners. The Harvey Cedars case was eventually settled for $1.

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The Army Corps replenishment project will result in 23 foot-high dunes being built along Brick’s oceanfront with a beach at least 200 feet in length. The project is separate from the steel wall revetment that is currently being built along the ocean – the dunes will ultimately cover the steel wall, which is 15 feet high and buried 30 feet underground.

The Army Corps project will most likely begin in March or April, officials have said. A contract for the work is expected to awarded within the next month.


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  • Chuck Cumella

    Post the names of the hold outs. I’d like to visit with each and everyone of them to explain to them that its their civic duty. The Mainland side of the bay needs the beach replenishment project along with the steel wall to be built

  • Chuck Cumella

    There are two choices for the holdouts. They are one, sign the damn easement. Two, we take the land via eminent domain. End of discussion. The beach needs to be rebuilt. There are thousands of homes on the mainland side of the bay that require and demand that is selfish people sign the easement Immediately. I would be more than happy to personally deliver a message to each and everyone of those selfish people inclusive the owners of Jenks. Publish a list of names addresses and phone numbers. And we will start a mass calling of these selfish people. By the end of the month they will know my name they will not like me and I will sign the damn easement. Have a nice day Ocean County.