More than a dozen residents in Toms River, N.J., have failed to sign easements that would give the town a strip of their land so it can rebuild protective dunes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The homeowners say they are worried they might be obligated to open their beaches to the public if parts of it belong to the town. "We know we need to put in dunes. Dunes are definitely a lifeline for any beach community," says Patricia Suriani, member of the Surf Cottages HOA board. "What we have wanted up to this point is more clarification of giving this easement."
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