NJ - Dune Grass Clear Cutting Case on March 6 Court Docket in Ship Bottom

Before a municipal court case on the clear cutting of dune vegetation at the site of new construction on 17th Street is heard, a plan to restore the area is required by the borough’s code enforcement officer.

The matter was on the docket to be heard before Judge James Liguori Jan. 16, but was adjourned until March 6. The postponement allows the appropriate parties time to develop and submit a plan to restore dune vegetation. Under municipal code, dune restoration requires an application be made that includes a description of the activities to be performed, the equipment to be used and any other information the borough engineer deems necessary to properly review the proposed work. Restoration work cannot begin until a permit has been issued by the borough. The work must then begin within 10 days and be completed within 30 unless otherwise approved by the governing body, according to municipal code.

At the Jan. 16 court date, the only individual present on the matter was a contractor, who said his sign was on the property, but he didn’t remove the dune vegetation. It’s expected the homeowner and any other individual who is party to the removal of dune grasses and trees will be issued summons to appear in municipal court on charges they violated Ship Bottom’s beach and dune maintenance laws.

Upon conviction, any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provision of Chapter 4, Section 8 of the borough’s municipal code book may face a fine of not more than $1,000, imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment or community service as determined by the judge.

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