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Soggy shore town weighs renewed court fight against dunes

This July 31, 2017 photo shows a no swimming sign in one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy r...
Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains Monday July 31, 2017. The ...
Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains, Monday July 31, 2017. The...
Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. The...
Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. The...

This July 31, 2017 photo shows a no swimming sign in one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy r...

Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains Monday July 31, 2017. The ...

Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains, Monday July 31, 2017. The...

Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. The...

Beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that have formed on the beach in Margate N.J. due to heavy rains Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. The...

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — A soggy New Jersey shore town will decide Wednesday morning whether to resume its costly and thus far futile court battle against protective sand dunes.

Officials in Margate, a coastal town just south of Atlantic City, will decide whether to seek a court injunction to halt half-finished dune work that has caused huge ponds of standing water on the beach.

In years of opposition and lawsuits trying to block the project before it started, Margate officials and individual homeowners argued that the dunes would trap water up against a wooden bulkhead at the sand's edge.

When weekend storms dumped a half-foot of water on Margate, that's exactly what happened.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday started pumping the water over the dunes as a short-term fix.


Updated : 2021-03-08 21:09 GMT+08:00