Superior Court Judge Michael Blee ruled North Wildwood can proceed in its lawsuit against the State of New Jersey to recover up to $21 million in funds used for emergency repairs to prevent severe beach erosion. However the decision Wednesday also included a restraining order preventing the town from constructing a new bulkhead as Blee ordered the town to submit a new application to the state Department of Environmental Protection to authorize further additional repairs. Last October, North Wildwood begun purchasing materials for an emergency bulkhead at 15th Street following damage to sand dunes from the remnants of Hurricane Ian. But late last year the state DEP, stating there was no imminent danger, filed a request with the Superior Court for a temporary injunction halting the construction. North Wildwood then filed a counter suit claiming the bulkhead is needed since Nor’easter storms often arrive during in the fall and winter.
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