By J.P. McCormick, Summer Associate
On October 22, nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, Toms River and Mantoloking both took steps to help prepare their oceanfronts for future storms in hopes that the efforts they take will significantly limit the damage experienced during Superstorm Sandy. The township and borough are both dealing with properties that are preventing them from moving forward with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ dune construction project. It is anticipated that the Engineers will build a four-mile steel wall from Mantoloking to Brick, which will be 48-feet high (32-feet feet below ground and 16-feet above) and covered by sand (22-feet above sea-level total).
The Toms River Council voted to initiate eminent domain proceedings against the sixteen (16) oceanfront property owners who have refused to sign easements allowing the dune project. Similarly, the Mantoloking Council voted unanimously to condemn pieces of seven (7) different properties that refused to sign the easements.
The township and borough will try to negotiate a price with homeowners, and if that fails will have to file court actions.
J.P. McCormick is in his third year at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he is an Executive Editor for the University of New Hampshire Law Review. Upon finishing his third year of law school, J.P. intends to practice in New Jersey, and is interested in all aspects of civil law. You can follow him on Twitter @JP_McCormick.