MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) – After Superstorm Sandy whacked New Jersey, most shore towns had to build or rebuild protective sand dunes. But three areas got a pass. That could change soon.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells The Associated Press it will study whether dunes need to be built in places where they don’t exist now.

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Nearly seven years after Sandy, Manasquan and Belmar do not have dunes protecting their coast. And a privately owned part of Point Pleasant Beach, owned by Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, negotiated a deal with state and federal officials to build its own steel retaining wall under the sand in return for not having a dune.

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The Army Corps will begin a study in October, carrying out a request the state Department of Environmental Protection made in 2015.

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