Ron: You are correct. The lift simply lifts the boat out of the water.
Although we are on a 250 foot wide cove, we are considered bayfront in Harvey Cedars. My house was the card stop in Harvey Cedars for the NJPPC poker run 6/29/02.
Dan: The lift is a low profile model manufactured by IMM boat lifts of Fort Myers, FL. It was installed by K&G Marine construction.
Playn: You're analysis is close. The deed restriction went into effect in 1969. The DEP laws went into effect after 1977. The DEP maintains that their rules supersede the private deed restriction. I guess we'll find out. If the judge agrees with me that a lift is a boat accessory and not part of a dock then we should be OK.
I'll try to scan a picture and post it.
Thanks again for your responses.