Long Beach Township modified an old ordinance that would require oceanfront owners to pay for sand and dune maintenance in front of their homes if they did not sign the easement to allow The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Beach Replenishment project to proceed.

 As of the Long Beach Township public hearing held on Jan 22, only about 40 percent, or 200, of the township’s 489 oceanfront property owners have signed their easements. The remaining oceanfront owners would be responsible for filing an application for the work and obtaining all permits required by state and federal law.

The ordinance states that if homeowners refuse to do the work within 15 days, the township will do it and then bill them. The charge for the township to do the work will become a lien against the property.