Bay Head homeowners sue to get out of New Jersey dune plan

A group of oceanfront homeowners in Bay Head is suing New Jersey, seeking to be exempted from a plan to build protective sand dunes along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Superior Court in Ocean County, accuses the state Department of Environmental Protection of exceeding its authority by using eminent domain condemnation proceedings to seize privately owned land for the dune project.

The homeowners say a rock wall, which they spent millions of their own money to build and maintain, is a better solution than widened beaches and sand dunes.

Gov. Chris Christie has encouraged people to knock on doors of homeowners in Bay Head and Point Pleasant Beach and ask why they haven’t signed easements to permit the work.

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