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Asbury Park Press interviews Hanamirian on proposed new easements at Jersey Shore

The question put forth in a recent Asbury Park Press article by reporter Jean Mikle is whether or not Toms River’s beach groups will sign new easements? Attorney John Hanamirian, in his role as president of the Chadwick Beach and Yacht Club on the northern barrier island, expressed concern that the previously agreed-upon terms were maintained. The easements are needed so a beach replenishment project can move forward on northern Ocean County’s barrier island—the continuing impact of superstorm Sandy in 2012.

“As long as they don’t compromise what was agreed to,” said Hanamirian. The Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection are crafting new easement language for more than a dozen beach associations to ink.

More than two years ago, Hanamirian wrote the supplemental easement agreement endorsed by the township’s beach associations.

The agreement included language limiting construction of bathrooms, showers, food stands, concessions or boardwalks, and also ensured beach associations that they will continue to be able to sell beach badges and maintain their beaches, according to the article.

Hanamirian said Chadwick Beach residents are most worried about being able to continue to own and maintain their beach.

“Our people are so concerned about losing their ownership,” Hanamirian said of his association. “We didn’t want to alter the landscape beyond what is required for the beach replenishment.”