Margate Dune Saga Latest: U.S. Government Must Pay for Drainage System

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MARGATE, N.J. -

In the ongoing dune battle in Margate, a new agreement has been made and approved to create a drainage system for the Jersey shore city's beaches.

An agreement filed with the court on Tuesday, September 12th, which stated that the federal government has agreed to build and pay for an underground drainage system, has officially been approved.

The measures taken will prevent future major flooding events on the city's beaches caused by acts similar to the dune construction project that took place earlier this summer, according to officials.

Earlier this summer, heavy rains caused large pools of water to collect between the new dunes and the bulkheads, which restricted the public's access to the beaches.

The City of Margate took legal action against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of New Jersey, and for a time the project was halted before a federal judge ruled that the dunes could be completed. 

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