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NJ must pay Point Pleasant Beach couple $330K for taking land for dune

POINT PLEASANT BEACH - A borough couple was awarded $330,000 Feb. 7 as compensation for the loss of about 60 percent of their oceanfront property to accommodate a federal beach replenishment project.

An Ocean County jury awarded that amount to homeowners Dennis and Catherine LaPlante following a four-day trial, according to their attorney, John Buonocore Jr.

The case was the second dune compensation case to come to trial; in the fall, an Ocean County jury gave another Point Pleasant beach homeowner $260,620 to compensate for loss of land and decreased oceanfront views.

Also in September, a court-appointed panel awarded $2.3 million in compensation to the Bay Head Improvement Association for land that will be used in the northern Ocean beach replenishment project.

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