2 environmental groups sue to block Seaside Heights land swap

Under the land swap deal a historic carousel would stay in Seaside Heights.
(Emma Lee/WHYY)

Under the land swap deal a historic carousel would stay in Seaside Heights. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Two environmental groups want to block a planned beach-swap that will allow Seaside Heights’ Casino Pier to expand and a carousel to be saved.

The lawsuit filed Friday by the American Littoral Society and New Jersey Conservation Foundation claims the rules of the state’s Green Acres protection program don’t permit this type of trade. The suit was made public Monday.

The proposed swap includes 1.36 acres of beach owned by Seaside Heights and the Dentzel/Looff carousel owned by the pier. It would allow the Storino family, which owns the pier, to expand after part of the pier fell into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy.

The swap also includes 67 acres of wetlands in Toms River and a permanent conservation easement barring future development would be placed on the property.

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