Judge Wants State to Prove Easement Rights for Margate Dunes

Philly.com: A federal judge decided Thursday that the State of New Jersey cannot – at least immediately – begin construction of protective dunes on Margate’s beaches until another court confirms that the state has easement rights.

The dispute between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Margate belongs in Superior Court, where a judge can decide, based on eminent domain law, whether state authorities have the right to turn a large portion of Margate’s beach into dunes, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb said in her ruling following a hearing in federal court in Camden.

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