Always Love a Guest Blogger, all I have to do is Cut & Paste..
—With the threat of a large property tax increase looming, a growing number of folks in town, including long time residents fear we are being driven toward bankruptcy unless we can attract and keep new residents and businesses. One way would be to adopt a more accurate and historic name for our town so that our identity would stand out.
The name Highlands was arbitrarily assigned when we were split off from Middletown and has no real link to our famous past. As you know, are always confused with Atlantic Highlands and folks trying to find our struggling businesses, esp. restaurants, often end up there. NJ people, who don’t live in this immediate area, think that Highlands is a place up in Warren County. And although its painful to admit, we may have an image problem. This could have come from the 1960s and 70s, when, as you may remember, partying got a little wild here.
Here are names folks have suggested, vote for the one you like most:
Highlands Beach Old town name, area on Sandy Hook
Twin Lights First built 1828
Highlands By The Sea
Water Witch Old town name and book by James Fenimore Cooper, written in 1830
Parkertown First Clamming family here in early 1800s, many descendents still here.
Cardville First Cards here in 1814, many descendants still in town
Editors Notes: I kinda of like Highlands, just Highlands. But that being said if we are using old names in Highlands others might include:
Ahern by the Sea