DEP Fines Property Owner
for Illegal Removal of Oceanfront Dune:
Full Restoration Mandated
(03/10) TRENTON Ordering
the restoration of more than 5,000 square feet of oceanfront
dune in Deal Boro, Monmouth County, the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) cited and fined a private
landowner for unauthorized dune destruction in violation
of the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA).
Hasty, unauthorized activities along
the New Jersey shore like those conducted by Ms.
Hedaya can harm our coastlines fragile ecosystem
and impact the natural beauty that attracts visitors,
said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. Only by
appropriately regulating development activities can we prevent
pollution, destruction of vital wildlife habitat, increases
in rainwater runoff, and in some cases prevent the loss
of life and property from coastal storms, erosion, and flooding.
The DEP issued the property owner, Alice
Hedaya, a penalty assessment in the amount of $15,000 for
failing to comply with the applicable CAFRA permitting requirements
in a coastal zone. The violations occurred as a result of
Hedayas unauthorized destruction of a dune at 1 Ocean
Lane in Deal Boro. In addition, the DEP has ordered the
submission of a restoration plan to restore the site to
its pre-disturbance condition. The plan must include a time
schedule for implementation through project completion.
The department reserves the right to modify inadequate or
incomplete information within the proposal.
The CAFRA law regulates almost all development
activities involved in residential, commercial, or industrial
development, including construction, relocation, and enlargement
of buildings or structures; and all related work, such as
excavation, grading, shore protection structures, and site
A copy of the Administrative Order and
Notice of Civil Administrative Penalty Assessment issued
to Alice Hedaya is available upon request.