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August 9, 2017

Judge halts N.J. sand dune project

  • Feds built sand dunes to keep the ocean out, but the dunes caused lakes to form during heavy rains.
    Associated Press

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A judge last week shut down a government sand-dune construction project in New Jersey that created huge ponds of bacteria-laden water and blocked off access to parts of the beach.

    Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said he was horrified by photos showing “lake-like” ponds of standing water on the beach in Margate for days following recent heavy rains. He agreed that residents of the town just south of Atlantic City are suffering irreparable harm and that the situation cannot be allowed to be made worse, and said he is halting the project for at least a week.

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