7 Holdouts Remain as City Prepares for Replenishment Project

The city is ready to begin negotiations with the holdouts, officials said Thursday night.

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Seven property owners have yet to relinquish their property rights ahead of a replenishment project designed to replenish dunes and rebuild beaches damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

At the start of Thursday night’s meeting, Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo announced the city, the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection had finalized a deal to move forward with the Ocean City portion of the multi-town project.

The city must first obtain all the easements.

Earlier this year, the city announced that it still needed to obtain 10 easements to proceed with a beach replenishment project between 34th Street and Corson's Inlet State Park.

At the time, City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said the city expected that number to drop. Prior to Thursday night’s meeting, that number was down to 11, it had been further reduced by the start of the meeting.

Last summer, that number was up to 100.

McCrosson said the city would begin negotiations with the seven holdouts.

The towns included in the project are Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City.



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