Progress cited in settlement talks of dune suit

 Last month. a section of dune fencing was knocked down by pounding surf in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Efforts to settle a lawsuit brought by the beach owner of against the state plan to build protective sand dunes are making progress. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Last month. a section of dune fencing was knocked down by pounding surf in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Efforts to settle a lawsuit brought by the beach owner of against the state plan to build protective sand dunes are making progress. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Efforts to settle a lawsuit brought by the owner of a popular Jersey Shore beach against New Jersey’s plan to build protective sand dunes are making progress, and a court hearing has been postponed to allow the talks to continue.

In a filing made Nov. 20, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman told a federal court judge that settlement talks between Jenkinson’s, the state, the borough of Point Pleasant Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been making progress.

The judge granted a delay in the case until Dec. 23 to allow talks to continue.

Jenkinson’s sued in December 2014, claiming the project would transform its privately owned beach into a public one.

The state said its sole aim is to protect lives and property from future storms.AP-WF-11-30-15 1804GMT

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