2 big payouts may endanger New Jersey’s post-Sandy dune work

Beach replenishment

WAYNE PARRY / AP – After Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast, then-Gov. Chris Christie set out to build protective sand dunes along most of the state’s 127-mile (204-kilometer) shoreline.

Despite lawsuits from homeowners throughout the shore seeking to block the project, the state prevailed and much of the work has been done.

But two recent jury awards in cases seeking compensation for beachfront property owners for the loss of part of their sand — and oceanfront views — have environmentalists worried that a wave of similar payouts could make it too costly for the state and federal governments to finish and maintain the dunes …

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