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Destruction in Mantoloking, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy. Destruction in Mantoloking, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy.

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MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) -- With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, New Jersey took two big steps Wednesday toward protecting its still-vulnerable coastline from future storms.

The state announced the settlement -- for $1 -- of a lengthy legal dispute between a shore town and an elderly couple who complained that a protective sand dune blocked their ocean views.

Moments later, Gov. Chris Christie authorized the state to take legal action against holdouts whose refusal to sign easements is blocking government beach-protection projects.

In the case that was settled, Harvey and Phyllis Karan went to court after rejecting Harvey Cedars' offer of $300 in compensation for their lost views. A jury awarded them $375,000.

The state Supreme Court overturned the award in July, saying the jury award didn't reflect the value of the dune's protection.

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