Dune-Building Opposed by Margate Officials Gets Big Boost in Federal Court

WHYY News | January 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
But judge's ruling appears to leave opening for continuing fight by challenging eminent-domain taking of land

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Foes of an Army Corps of Engineers dune-building project in Margate have lost a key court decision, but the ruling by a federal judge also left room for another legal challenge.

The long-planned project was fast-tracked by the Army Corps in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. While the plan to build the string of large dunes is supported by officials in neighboring Jersey Shore towns, Margate officials believe their system of wooden bulkheads is enough to protect the town.

While Judge Renee Bumb threw out Margate’s lawsuit, giving the Army Corps the go-ahead to award a contract for the project, she also chastised the state for not giving the city ample opportunity to challenge eminent-domain taking of the beach property — perhaps suggesting another way for Margate to continue to fight the project.

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