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Judge to rule on halting New Jersey sand dune project

Judge to rule on halting New Jersey sand dune project

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A judge is expected to decide Thursday whether to immediately shut down a government sand-dune construction project that has created huge ponds of bacteria-laden water and blocked off access to parts of the beach at a New Jersey shore town.

The ponds of standing water are exactly what Margate residents had warned of in previous, unsuccessful litigation against the government's plan to build the protective sand dunes at the coastal town south of Atlantic City.

The work is part of a statewide effort to protect New Jersey's 127-mile coastline following the devastation that Superstorm Sandy caused in 2012. But Margate has opposed it as unnecessary and harmful to its shoreline, and now a public health hazard.

A judge will hear the city's request to stop work on the project.