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-- New Jersey is getting tough with people down on the shore who are refusing to let it build protective sand dunes following super storm sandy.
Governor Chris Christie has authorized the state to take legal action against about a thousand beach front property owners who won't sign papers giving the government permission.
To build those sand -- now critics say the dunes will block their ocean views and devalued our property.
The state claims that the one billion dollar -- project will protect coastal towns from the type of devastation -- -- nearly a year ago.
And before the project can proceed the government needs to get permission from those owners or -- their land through.
And that domain.
Rick Leventhal is live for us and metal looking New Jersey and Rick what are the holdouts -- -- They're saying show me the money Trace your 123.
Oceanfront -- -- here -- looking to.
Signed away their rights to their exclusive private beach here.
In New Jersey but there are five holdouts -- remain they say.
When they bought these homes right on the ocean they were also buying the exclusive rights to the stand from their back door.
To the high water mark and they've hired a lawyer who argues that this land has value.
Possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars to each homeowner and that they should get paid for what they're being forced to give up.
The take away those rights without recognizing that the people are entitled to be compensated for -- Is is a very very troubling thing.
People should not be ridiculed for standing up for the rights that are founding -- reserved for them.
Well a couple that won 375000.
Dollars in a similar case in a similar town just had that.
Overturned by the majority Supreme Court.
Instead of three dollars or five -- to get a dollar because the judge said the value of the -- with much greater than the value of their view traits.
So while the fight goes on it looks like this project is moving forward regardless -- -- governor Christie's executive order basically clears -- path for this massive project people when they declare eminent domain in -- -- the the one billion dollar fifty mile seawall.
Will begin right here with a of a steel wall that will be 32 feet below the beach and -- sixteen feet above it basically where we're standing.
When another six to ten feet of sand on top of that starting here and stretching 75 feet out to where that boogie board is.
And then another 400 feet of new -- stretching out into the sea with the hopes of saving coastal residents from future storms.
To be great if every detail on the barrier island was as far along as we -- because it would really protect.
Like I said not only the towns that are directly on the ocean but the ones in on the backs of the -- and it really -- Walt hunt unfairly -- -- they begin this project in January they say they could be done.
By next summer -- in the meantime capital this temporary -- will protect these these homes from any future hurricanes or nor'easter is this winner.
-- fingers crossed in the meantime Rick Leventhal live for us in metal looking New Jersey Rick thank you.
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