NJ Supreme Court to rule on beach dune dispute

July 8, 2013 8:24:36 AM PDT
New Jersey's top court is ready to issue its ruling on whether homeowners should be compensated for losing ocean views when dunes are built to protect the shore.

The state Supreme Court on Monday will decide the case of a Long Beach Island couple who sued and won $375,000 to make up for the view they lost when their town built dunes.

The town, Harvey Cedars, appealed, saying a house protected from a flood is more valuable than one that is not.

The home at the center of the case, belonging to Harvey and Phyllis Karan, survived Superstorm Sandy last October.

The case is being closely watched, in part, because New Jersey wants to build a dune system along its entire coastline.