In Long Beach Township, the Army Corps of Engineers is waiting on 60 of the 465 oceanfront property owners to give their blessing to the project.
The holdouts are resisting the project for two reasons, said Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini.
First, Mancini told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney, the homeowners fear the dunes will block their ocean views from the first floor of their homes.
Some homeowners also want compensation for allowing the easement on their property.
“How am I going to condemn somebody and pay them money when these other good neighbors didn’t ask for that?” Mancini told Putney. “I’m not one for eminent domain. How do I pay somebody money when everybody else did it for the good of the community?”