One of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy is preparing to use eminent domain to take easements from oceanfront homeowners who are holding up a beach replenishment project, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. These homeowners won’t sign easements that would allow federal officials to carry out the work. Mantoloking saw every one of its 521 homes damaged. The Mayor stated the town has no choice if it wants to survive. He said Mantoloking has either signed easements or has verbal commitments from 121 of 128 oceanfront homeowners.