N.J. Judge Suggests Eminent Domain For Takeover Of Beach: NBC-TV10, Philadelphia PA, 11/17/06

Government officials from the state of New Jersey who want to force five Surf City residents to give them permanent access to the beach are between a rock and a hard place.

A judge says the state's attempt to control the privately owned land in perpetuity is too long a time.

The judge is suggesting the state seize the land through eminent domain. In that case, the state would have to pay for the property.

The state says the federal government is insisting on permanent access as part of its beach replenishment program.

The property owners say signing over rights forever amounts to an illegal taking.

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