Government Asks Federal Judge to Continue Margate Beach Replenishment ProjectLast Edited:
The battle over the building of dunes along the Margate beach was back in court on Wednesday, August 9th.
The United States government was in federal court in Camden, asking a judge to allow the Margate Beach Replenishment Project to continue, even without a plan to address the ponds of bacteria-laden water that built up after recent storms.
A state judge ordered the Margate project to be shut down last week until both sides could work out a remedial plan, but the United States Army Corps of Engineers is asking the federal judge to let the project continue.
The ponds of standing water are exactly what Margate residents were concerned of when they previously, and unsuccessfully, sued to stop the government's plan to build the protective sand dunes.
The work is part of a statewide effort to protect New Jersey's 127-mile coastline following the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused in 2012.
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