Where to meet the Highlands Mayoral Candidates


Doug Card

October 9:  Waterwitch Coffee Shop at 6pm.

October 16th: Bay Avenue Bakery at 3pm.

Rebecca Kane

October 17th:  Wind & Sea 7pm – 9pm  ($20 Donation)

Frank Nolan

There doesn’t appear to be one scheduled in October to date.

28 comments

  1. Well I attended first meet and greet and I encourage all to hear(Personal choice f-Write-in for Mayor) Doug Card out. One of his most attractive points are that he is not a “insider” and has no allegiance to any particular special interest groups along with a fresh and forward prospective on how to solve issues in Highlands. Transparency, accountability, identifying wasteful spending, hiring grant manager to help town secure funding(which if you haven’t noticed we have received “0”), strict code enforcement for safety and market value, Renew Downtown and boro owned property, implement CRS Incentives for flood insurance discounts. Most of all he wants to hear from us! I’m no relation or campaign manager just a concerned citizen that feels that he is totally on point. Who ever gets elected it won’t be easy and I’m quite sure you can’t make everyone happy but I think you can make the majority. I hope you all get out the vote and seriously consider taking a chance on somebody new cause I personally fear the course we have been and will continue to be on.

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    • Your comment might have more credibility if you weren’t hiding behind a moniker… but in any event I’m glad you find the most attractive qualification one that 90% of the town possesses.

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    • She stated that one of her most attractive points was that Doug is not an insider. There are very few who are qualified enough to be considered “insiders” so I just wondered why that is so appealing. If someone is offering up an opinion as to what makes another qualified I’d be far more likely to take it seriously if it was done by someone who was willing to stand behind what they say on a blog by posting their own name.

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    • @ Stacy…I’m expressing my personal opinion after listening to somebody who is running for Mayor, you don’t have to like it or agree not matter who i am he or she? You can’t be serious about who the “insiders” are in this town and I didn’t say they were qualified. There is another meet & greet you can actually go and judge for yourself and totally ignore my moniker opinion.

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    • (heavy sigh) I’ve been personally banned from the HSC and told I’m “not allowed past the duct taped line” in the distribution center. – so kinda get her insider comment. And the fact that I don’t post under my real name, and yet I can’t seem to go out without people asking me “you write the blog right???” — really?? apparently posting not under their real name means nothing in a town of our size. == the reality is you don’t have to like or vote for Doug.. but I am, because I don’t like my alternatives..

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  2. I’m not sure what that means either, I guessing that 90% of town not insider? Well I would agree but only one stepped up to be Mayor. That alone takes guts against established players. Moniker or not, go judge for yourself…..your vote your future.

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    • Yeah, it opened back up the end of Sept. There is someone new manning it. I have not been there since the spring. on the municipal notices: 10/09/2013
      SPACE HEATERS AVAILABLE AT DISTRIBUTION CENTER
      From:Highlands Borough Clerk
      SPACE HEATERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER FOR RESIDENTS WITH AN IMMEDIATE NEED. LIMITED SUPPLY AND ONE PER HOUSEHOLD. HOURS: 10AM-1PM – WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

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  3. Transparency? Does that mean that meetings are held in public and issues debated in public? Does transparency mean that each elected official states on the record their position on the issues? Does transparency extend to non elected officials and how they submit their issues or their concerns? Anonymously or as declared individuals who believe one side or all sides involved in town affairs are “corrupt” or “untrustworthy”? The non government on the federal level and the posturing of state governments to put themselves in positions to control future statewide elections and re-write ongressional districts continues along un-changed. The one bright spot in the current malaise was the empowerrment of “local” politics, the nuts and bolts, boots directly on the ground local town and city governments who are being forced to fend for themselves as the federal and state governments “cut back” or become more “fiscally responsible”. There have been more than a few examples of towns and counties taking advantage of this new paradigm and taking control of their destinies. But not here in Highlands, the powers that has been, the old boy network, distant from the zeitgeist bubbling up around them cling to their old boy ways. Meanwhile the women who have always been involved in the nuts and bolts operations that accomplished anything worth accomplishing in this town are being challenged by the existing and the newly annoited powers that want to be. I want to know how an entire generation of people who labored over the years to change the old ways became labled as untrustworthy or obstructionist without any transparency? Don’t feel obligated to share your true indentity but those who have become convinced they have uncovered Tamany Hall right here in our little town please share with those of us who don’t have your super powers where the crimes exist? Moving from forming a “non partisan” movement to open up the local government to running a write in candidate to oppose the “untrustworthy” current public citizens trying to bring change to the process only seems selfish and self serving in the least committed manner.

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    • Highlands United is not backing a write in candidate. Although some of the same people supporting the non-partisan movement are also backing Doug Card. But the two are separate. So if you think I’m selfish for wanting something better for Highlands I’m ok with that.

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    • Let’s get something straight. Highlands United doesn’t support any one candidate over another. If members of that group choose to endorse someone that is their personal choice. Doug Card running as a write-in has absolutely nothing to do with Highlands United.

      As for the “untrustworthy” comment…any ounce of trust I had in our council went out the window with the recent Shadow Lawn rezoning attempt. I don’t have any evidence but the circumstances are very suspect. Maybe only one or two were acting in bad faith but if I can smell something fishy why couldn’t the other council members?

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    • Why so defensive? The pretense that Highlands United was the origin of the write in candidate is one of the more “transparent” events of this election. Wanting more for Highlands? What more? The drive to increase property values at the expense of what had been the attributes that made Highlands what it was before the storm? 40-50% rentals, working class, no boardwalk town, not Monmouth Beach or Mantooloking, not even Sea Bright; with its wide and public beaches with parking.
      The “white trash” braying of the HUG and Card candidacy makes one wonder what is the big complaint? “No Longer New ” says, “I don’t have any evidence but the cicumstances are very suspect.” What circumstances? The vote became public after the public comments, the only circumstances before that were rumors whether intentionally created by those with their own personal agenda or the result of group dynamics and the power of paranoia and lack of public discussion. The two responses to my original comment just indicate to me that a few people are are convinced of their positions and are prepared to throw out all the babies with the flood waters.

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    • Yes, I want more for HIghlands. I want code enforcement. I want this town to apply for grants to get us back on track. I want houses raised without the fear that they’ll collapse. I want bars to stop routinely over serving their patrons. I want a police presence so those patrons will stop urinating, vomiting and defecating in public. I want an environment that fosters new businesses in town rather than making it difficult to open and operate.

      I guess I’m just asking for too much. But if you don’t ask you’ll never get.

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    • Oh, and HUG is different from HU. One is helping residents furnish their homes the other is supporting non-partisan elections.

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  4. I personally feel that this town has been in downward spiral for years. I’m sure there are people with good intentions trying to do the right thing but just have been unable or do not have wherewithal to do so. You have to admit the town was in bad shape prior to storm with the same elected officials being in place for years. After Sandy it became more of a concern as town is now decimated. Many kind people came to this town to help residents, made donations most of which never got into the right hands, council continually voting yes for flooding projects that never help flooding in fact in some cases have made things worse but we just keep paying them, municipal site that we pay for but I found more info on this blog when displaced than Muni site. no code enforcement and having an emergency meeting day before Big Holiday weekend to rush through a vote on 10 story building on a hill with a history of slump blocking. C’mon!!!! There is a lot that has been going on that is just not right. Residents began getting involved, going to council meetings asking questions, expressing concerns and being ignored and even disrespected. I’m really not sure why you are angry or putting people down for wanting to be involved in their local government. A lot of residents with full time employment spent their own personal time on committees, did you ? It is America if you don’t like how your government works whether it be Fed, State or Local it’s your right to try affect change. Once again it’s your opinion and your vote…I respect that, please respect others.

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    • I am not sure in either of my first two postings what you or anyone could consider disrespectful,but, please accept my apology if anyone was offended or that I was disrespecting them. I am not angry or simply trying to put people down for trying to be involved in their government. I am tired of the pretense that anyone not currently involved with the politics and administration of the town, automatically knows better and is more honest than those that are involved; that does tend to make me take notice; so what can anyone do when half the town keeps their head down attending to their rub offs and the other half keeps their head down and not trying to gt a feel for their place, their terroir, so to speak, because they are attending to their smart phones and social interactions.

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  5. Dingus ….What is transparency? … google it, and you’ll find several definitions as it applies to politics and civil servants: For example here’s one I found:

    1. ‘Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions. It is knowing why, how, what, and how much. Transparency ensures that public officials, civil servants, and board members act visibly and understandably, and report on their activities. And it means that the general public can hold them to account. It is the surest way of guarding against corruption, and helps increase trust in the people and institutions on which our futures depend.’

    Rest assured, if transparancy had been applied during the Shadow Lawn proposal the resident s of Highlands just may have had enough credible information to be able to approve it. But the expedited process and how it went down was what killed it .

    And yes … I personally take offense to your comment …”The ‘white trash’ braying of HUG and Card candidacy”. I now know who you are! You are the man who rudely interrupted a conversation I was having with another woman who attended the S.A.S. group at the Water Witch. You rudely jumped in with a ‘You-Hamptonites’ comment … saying this isn’t the Hamptons. I remember turning to you saying, “We are not Hamptonites, and we don’t want to live in the Hamptons, but I’ll be damned if everyone sees Highlands as white trash!” So please do not take comments out of context for the purpose of attacking and discrediting groups of intelligent, involved residents just because they threaten your party lines. I do not agree with your conclusion that you need to be in politics in order to be an effective force for Highlands. Last I checked our tax bills did not have a Democrat or Republican stamp on it – and our payments cleared the bank just fine. There is no pretense involved in claiming a right to be heard and demanding transparency & accountability when it comes to how our tax money is spent by our elected officials.

    For the record … Doug’s choice to run as a wrtie-in vote was a personal decision. Granted the referendum for a non-partisan government in Highlands gave him the guts and to do it; but we were not involved in the Highlands United movement and did not know much about it until we heard the informed public comment for Shadow Lawn. As a matter of fact for years people in town kept telling Doug he should be mayor, but It wasn’t until we attended several Housing committee meetings during the Community Recovery workshop did Doug realize how bad the situation was in Highlands – and he couldn’t watch the internal dynamics and lack of results anymore. That is when he knew it was time for a change in Highlands and he decided to run as write-in.

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  6. Concerning Shadowlawn, I think that there is no question that Gelber went to HBP leadership to get his high-rise zoning. Carla Bradswell said as much in a Council meeting. Frank Nolan was most certainly involved and had prior knowledge of Gelber’s plans, etc. As far as the other Council people I think we have to take them at their word. The Mayor scheduled the July 3rd meeting, not the Council. Tara Ryan publically stated at the Council meeting that she had no advance knowledge of Gelber’s plans. In my opinion those castigating the entire Council as being in bed with Gelber on this are painting with a too broad brush. Whomever is elected to be Highlands’ Mayor (and it is looking increasingly as if it will be Frank Nolan as Card and Kane will split the non-Frank vote) will need to work with the sitting Council.

    Right now the Mayor, Tim Hill, Dave Parker, Carla Bradswell (along with the Mayor’s packed planning and zoning boards) seem to be the logjam that is slowing help to the town and discouraging connecting with the multitude of outside efforts from operating in Highlands. If you are going to point fingers point in the right direction.

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    • So you are saying the rest of council was ignorant to all of this and didn’t due their due diligence by seriously questioning prior to it even coming to a vote? Mr Francy along with residents felt it was questionable but no other council member saw through this? Fellow council member Mr Francy didn’t express his concerns to other members? Sounds a like real disconnect within our council if that was the case. Like Frank says hardly a single no vote with a democratic council to his credit. They always seem to agree so really don’t see much of a choice there.

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    • A vote to introduce something or a vote to send it to the planning board is not a vote to affirm. This happened before with the rezoning of Sandy Hook Bay Marina and Paradise Park. The zoning came directly from the developer to the town’s planner, with a nod from HBP and the then Mayor. It was an end run around the Council members and (just like with Shadowlawn) the vote down of the proposed ordinance happened at the second reading after all the public discussions etc.

      I think it was no secret that Gelber wanted high-rises. He put forward a site plan that was high-rises several years ago and that he was a proponent of the rezoning was evident. I thought the question was if Gelber had articulated that he had a development deal with a rezoning contingent to members of the Council (as Gelber said he had done)? Sending the proposed ordinance to the planning board was certainly what was supposed to happen.

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    • Maybe it was an “end run around” but how did council not see it for what it was? Mr Francy certainly did as he refused to even show up for first vote. If, as you stated, it was no secret Gelber had site plans in past than why believe it was different this time? Why keep wasting the public’s time on an “end run around”game. I guess that is what people are having a hard time getting their minds around. Its just a lot of game playing at all our expenses. How much did we pay a lawyers for just the Shadowlawn ordinances. Money that is sorely needed in this town for more important projects It’ s post Sandy we just can’t afford to continue to do business in this convoluted way.

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    • I have been and will keep talking to the voters!!! But more important, BOTH Democrats and Republicans that I have spoken with are feed up. So to think Frank is a win by shoe’in is wrong, your are underestimating the people of highlands and there intelligence. Small town Big problems.

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    • I agree with you that many people are frustrated with the current situation. I don’t think Frank is a shoe-in. I think Frank did a good job with the post-Sandy clean-up, but fails woefully in his recovery skills. I think it will be a close race but he is the incumbent which is always helpful. He is also the lone Republican on the Council and that makes him extra important for the republicans. Also Chris Christy is a popular governor. I think Republicans will tend to vote down the line which is yet another reason that I think they will not vote for an Independent. In my opinion your write-in candidacy will be pulling votes from Democrats and Independents. I think you have a lot of strengths and I wish you luck but it is my guess that the Republicans will support Frank. I could be wrong and it would be interesting to hear from people who see this differently. BTW: I am not sure why you think I am underestimating the people or intelligence of Highlands voters?

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    • The reason I said that about underestimating the people or intelligence of Highlands voters is because in the privacy of a voting booth people will be thinking about Highlands and what they know firsthand. I don’t think their vote will be based on political science. They will not be thinking of the statistics of a write-in vote, or the pulling of votes from Democrats because Republicans tend to vote down the line. They will be voting their mind, or their personal choice as it pertains to living in Highlands.

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  7. As a life long Republican and a 20+ yr resident of Highlands, I will NOT be voting for Frank. I didn’t vote for him the first time and I wont this time.

    Both Frank and Becky have done Highlands wrong. Their personal interests and ego driven decisions have cost the taxpayers of Highlands greatly.

    Some say a write-in vote is a waste and others say why vote for someone that doesn’t have government experience. My answers are; If I vote for Frank or Becky because the odds are in their favor, that would send them a message that I agree with the decisions that they have made and that I’m ok with how things are going in town. As far as no government experience I say…. Look where experience has gotten us.

    Frank and Becky need to check their moral and ethical compasses, because this type of leadership is not conducive to a better Highlands.

    Here’s hoping that my write-in sends a message to the winner that just because they won does NOT mean that they have a mandate to do what is right for those in their inner circle while screwing the rest of us.

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