Mayor thinks Highlands is 85% back together


Quoted from NJ.com article on Clamfest “I think an event like this can help bring a lot of people into town who might not have come by here otherwise,” Mayor Frank Nolan said. “And I think that once they’re here, they’ll be able to see that we’re a good 80 to 85 percent back. They’ll see of all of the things that we have to offer here, such as our great restaurants and the Seastreak Ferry. And hopefully they’ll bring some money back here to either buy a house, open a business or just to see everything the town has to offer.”

Huh??  Has he not walked through town lately? He’s not even back in his house. (As most people on Waterwitch Ave aren’t) Although, that will be good news for anyone looking for parking.

Maybe people will drive through and say “oohh I can buy that dilapidated house for $40k, then apply for a Sandy Home Buyer Assistance grant that would give people, especially first time home buyers an extra $50k towards buying a Sandy damaged home.

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  1. I guess he’s including the portion of Highlands that didn’t suffer any damage in his 80% – 85% estimate. Or maybe that’s just the businesses? It can’t possibly be just downtown.

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    • I’m guessing just clueless or big ol’ load of BS
      Hey HB ….can’t believe over 700 on this blog now. Kudos,man!

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  2. I find it laughable to have the mayor say that someone would want to open a business in this town. Ignoring the fact that the application process takes in excess of three months, plus the mandatory membership in our failing HBP/BID, basically only an insane person would even want to do this. And if they succeeded, where are the customers coming from? The lower half of town is, at best, 45 – 50% occupied at this time. Sorry mayor Nolan, you are sorely mistaken in this delusional thought.

    People of this blog, you really need to seek out the folks pushing the petition for a Faulkner Act government. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain with this petition!

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  3. Id like to know where the Mayor gets his crack! This town is in no way 80% back together. Not to mention the impact of the exodus of flood victims out of town has on the businesses that are here, and ones that may be considering returning. Yeah, things are slowly getting back to normal. But I hope there is a new normal, like actually having real code enforcement. I see no point in having things the way they were before. Maybe thats the 80 percent the mayor is talking about?

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  4. Business wise I guess the town came kind of quick…but people are still waiting to come back to their home..I say about 50 or 60 % are still out of town 😦

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  5. Look around Mayor Delusional, downtown residents left, the town took a $2,000,000 hit in property taxes, your friend at the HBP/BID has done a lousy job, you have no pull with the council, you’ve missed numerous council meetings this year, you haven’t cleaned out your home after Sandy which is allowing rodents and weeds to take over, your only concern with the downtown is where your next free meal is coming from and for goodness sake get use to your new teeth, watching you trying to speak and always fussing with them with your tongue is embarrassing.

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    • Is there a minimum attendance requirement for the mayor? Just trying to think of another reason he just *had* to call a special council meeting on July 3rd. 🙂

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    • lmao! so everyone go to the clam fest and pay a crazy amount for the regular food you can normally get around here. carla and nolan are making a fortune off all this sandy bs. what ever happened to his house? i heard it was condemned? or in foreclosure? you can even manage your own finances and you this you can run a town? you are quoted in nj.com as saying you want ppl to come into this town and buy a house, what is the incentive? send them down washington ave . . . im sure ppl down there would love to tell potential home buyers what goes on in this town. look at all the houses in disrepair . . the town is a cesspool. you never came down on homeowners for not taking care of their houses. no code enforcement for anyone and you give residents that do live here a hard time about making their house presentable or liveable. drive down any block and you will see it. the mayors house is an example. lets see how much the clam fiasico will bring to this town. i personally will be out of dodge for all this.

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