Town's property owners want state to buy them out

November 28, 2008 7:58:12 AM PST
It looks like the southern New Jersey community of Sea Breeze is on its way to becoming a ghost town. Six of the 19 homeowners in the little community along the Delaware Bay have asked the state Department of Environmental Protection to buy their properties.

In the late 19th century, the town was a tourist attraction with an amusement pier. But storms and fires wiped away most of it.

A seawall was built recently to protect the remaining homes. But after a year and a half, it has been badly damaged by the waves.

Environmental Protection spokeswoman Elaine Makatura says New Jersey hasn't decided whether to move ahead with the buyouts.

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