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Federal Judge Approves Settlement Over Dauphin Island Erosion

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a settlement of
a nearly decade-old lawsuit over erosion on Dauphin Island.

The settlement was approved Tuesday by U.S Court of Federal
Claims Judge Bohdan Futey.

It requires the federal government to pay $1.44 million and
Alabama's government to pay another $60,000. Court records said
property owners agreed to release the federal and state governments
from past or future claims of damage to their property from
dredging.

The lawsuit claimed that because of dredging sand flowing
naturally eastward on the waves was trapped in the channel and
prevented from replenishing the barrier island.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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