By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

AVALON, N.J. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has admitted he cut down some trees on sand dunes near his beachfront property in southern New Jersey.

David Dempsey pleaded guilty Monday to damaging borough property in Avalon. He was fined $2,000 and will also have to pay $1,880 in restitution.

Authorities say a witness saw the 63-year-old Newton, Pennsylvania man cutting down the trees near his house in April and notified police.

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi says Dempsey’s act was “selfish.” Pagliughi says the dune system provides defense against Atlantic storms and is a key component of the borough’s natural ecosystem.

Dempsey’s shore home is valued at $4 million

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