Seastreak To Add Sea Bright Shuttle


seastreak sbAs a way to leverage the Seastreak Ferry and NYC beach goers, Sea Bright is pleased to announce a partnership that allows bus service to/from Sea Streak Connors and Sea Bright.

The service which is initially Weekends only, touts:   “Ride the Seastreak shuttle bus to the beaches at Sea Bright, NJ and receive complementary beach passes! Complimentary shuttle service provided between the Highlands, NJ Ferry Terminal and Sea Bright, NJ beaches. Our shuttle busses will be waiting for you upon arrival at Highlands and will bring you to Sea Bright. We’ll pick you up in the afternoon for your return to the ferry.”

Way to do economic development Sea Bright. Well done.

Sewer Bills And Council Seats


On the 17th Highlands Council Meeting, during the public portion section. It was asked if all the council were up to date on their Highlands Sewer Bills and stated if they were not, it wasn’t right. Especially after Sandy when so many people were displaced and still required to pay Sewer bills for properties that were not habitable.

Previously, it was indicated that there was no way the town could waive any sewer fees because our I&I was the same, and the town’s bill had to be paid.

So doesn’t it seem unreasonable that if the town “must” pay their “town” sewer bill, and regular Joe residents must pay “their” bills, that the individual council members must pay “their” bills.

BTW – you can now pay your bill online. Makes it even easier..

Poll: Where Did You Watch the Boat Parade?


TBT: Abandoned Houses Where Are They Now?


1. 5th St house:

5th st house

2. Jackson St Bungalow

Jackson St House

3. 5 th Street House

5t st house 2

Discount to Highlands Women Running in Iron Girl


Iron girlThe Iron Girl sprint triathlon and 5K coming to Sandy Hook, NJ on September 13th, 2015. Set on the scenic grounds of Gateway National Recreation area, amenities include: a post-race café, performance shirts sized for women, professional timing, personalized race bibs, new custom finisher medals, and much more.

Registration is now open  CLICK HERE   for the sprint triathlon and 5K. Relay team options are also available for the triathlon. They created the discount code TRYIG15 for Highlands to share.

The code is good for 10% off any registration category.

Why You Might Want to Attend Wednesday’s Council Meeting


CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM

1) The Hi-Rise is Back – Public portion on whether to allow 10 story buildings on the hill takes place Wednesday Night.

2) No Smoking Ordinance, to make it safe for everyone, Highlands is proposed going smoke free at all Borough Properties including the maintenance yard, all Highlands beaches, all parks, & the VFW.

Master Plan Meeting Tonight @ Highlands Fire House


bay ave futureThe Borough of Highlands will conduct workshop and public meetings regarding the Masterplan of Highlands on the following dates: June 1 – cancelled, 8, 29, 2015. July 20, 2015. August 10, 31, 2015. September 21, 2015. October 5, 19, 2015. November 9, 23, 2015. December 7, 2015.

The meetings start at 7:30 PM and take place at the Borough Fire House located at 17-1 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732. The public is invited to attend all of these meetings however the public will only be allowed to participate and give testimony and submit documents at some of these meetings.

TBT – Where the abandoned Properties are?


This is a most improved addition… All three have been touched since 2013:

1. Bay Ave and Miller

miller and bay

2. Miller and Shore

miller and shore

3. Shore by Seastreak

shore drive by ferry

 

Where the Food Trucks are in Sandy Hook


List includes:

Breaking Bread  – Sandwich Truck
Naked Tamales –  Mexican
Freezy Freeze – Ice Cream
Carlitos Taco Wagon – Tex Mex
JB Wood Fired Pizza – Pizza
Hog Heaven -BBQ
Kona Ice – Ice Cream
Empanada Guy – Empanadas
Tropical Snow – Shaved Ice
Sabrett Hot Dogs – Hot Dogs

Highlands Targets New Business et al


et containerEver notice the container on the back part of the et al parking lot? I never paid attention to it either.

Apparently someone did though.

In January of this year, the owner Kim Ramin went through the proper channels with the town to get a container that resides on her property and was using for some storage as she was getting her new place together.

You can see the permit here:

et al permit

Note the container removal date is “TBD” – To be determined, meaning no fixed date of when it has to be off premises.

Then on May 6th, we have a council meeting where the building owner, Katie Reed requested that the abandoned properties around her house and around Highlands be addressed. You can see her addressing the issue here:

Then, and here’s the weird part, the next day May 7th, her tenant, Kim Ramin, is issued a summons for illegally having a container on her property – and its mailed (not brought over, but mailed).

summons

So this week she receives the summons that states she has a June 2nd court date for a container she has a permit for and if she doesn’t remove it by *this* Saturday (which is Memorial Day weekend) she will be fined everyday until it’s removed.

Kim called Hecht the container company and surprisingly they couldn’t schedule a pick up within 3 days. She did go and schedule one which unfortunately can’t be until June 14th.

In last night’s council meeting, this was brought up and our town administrator said he knew about it and our code enforcement officer was responding to a complaint about the container.

To which Ms. Reed responded, how is it possible that I’ve been complaining about the same properties for 2 years and not a summons was issued, but “someone” complains about “my” property and a summons was issued within 2 weeks, AND my tenant has a permit? You can listen to the comments here

Welcome to Highlands et al!

Shadow Lawn Up for Hi Rise Discussion AGAIN


In case you forgot, this was the vote from September 2013:

Nolan –  Yes
Redmond – “I may be quiet but I listen to you” – NO
Ryan – “I heard your security concerns” – NO
Francy – “I’m going to reiterate my last vote” – NO
Becky – “I don’t know why you think I’m not approachable” – NO

Last time they tried to say that any issues regarding Slump Blocking was just “fear mongering“.  Which was funny because then we had the Slope Failure of 2014.

TBT Abandoned House Tour – Where Are They Now II


house tour sd dThe small one above is missing a front porch.

house tour bay e

The one above, has been like that since before Sandy and Irene. At one point last year, someone posted a sign with a picture asking the owner “Be a good neighbor“.

house tour sea drift fThis one was lifted last summer, then all construction stopped. Not sure if there were money issues, permit issues, code issues or all of the above.

 

 

 

 

Tonight’s Highlands Council Meeting: Its all about the Budget 2015


If you have concerns or questions on the Highlands Budget, tonight (Highlands Elementary School 8 pm) you should show up and ask questions on how the budget was constructed and what it means to future tax hikes in Highlands.

highlands budget 2015

Questions to ask:
How much were they able to cut this year?
Is the $800k for the rec center repairs included?
Where is the repair/relocation of the borough trailers and PD in the budget?
Does the insurance cover Flood insurance?
Do the PD absolutely need raises?
What exactly is “Other”?
How much is this budget going to raise “my taxes”?
What Revenue Generation plans are there in 2015 that can offset the costs?
What Revenue Generation plans are there in 2016 that can offset the costs?

“add your questions here”

Much like the lottery, you have to be in it to win it, you have to show up and ask questions, otherwise the  council will assume you don’t care and are totally okay with another tax hike.

TBT Abandoned House Tour – Where Are They Now?


house tour sea drift 2015a
Sea Drift Ave
house tour shore b
Shore Drive
Sea Drift/Cheerful
Sea Drift/Cheerful

In July of 2014, Highlands was one of six towns to be awarded monies to cover the costs of razing Sandy-damaged buildings through the Unsafe Structure Demolition Program. To date there doesn’t seem to be may homes that have been razed.

There is an argument that you may lose rateables if you demolish properties, the structures can’t be worth that much, the land retains its value. Plus, you bring down the value of the surrounding homes that are close in proximity to abandon homes.

According to Moneytips  one in 10 Americans want to move.   Poor neighborhood is one of the top reasons for wanting to move. While living in next to abandoned properties might make you want to move, it also makes it harder to sell your house.  The term now for abandoned homes is “Zombie homes.”