N.J. Supreme Court to hear beach dune case

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that takes on new significance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

    The justices will consider a $375,000 judgment awarded to a Long Beach Island couple who claimed dunes created by a beach replenishment project blocked their ocean view.

    Harvey and Phyllis Karan argued in 2011 the work lowered the value of their $1.9 million property by $500,000.

     

    An expert for the town testified that the couple should be compensated $300 because they were benefiting from the protection afforded by the dune.

    An appeals court upheld the award.

    New Jersey’s highest court will consider whether such awards are excessive.

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