Category Archives: council meeting

5 Ways The “Save the Tilt Up Page” Lies To You

We all know art is subjective and have heard the saying, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’  With regard to the structure on Snug Harbor beach aka “Shorehenge”, there is a small contingency that would like to keep it and have tried to do a grass roots movement to garnish support. Nobody can blame them or hold malice for that. However, when they insist on twisting the facts, blatantly lying and randomly vomiting statements without backing up their assertions with evidence, that’s where people will have issues.

The following are 5 statements that are outright false:

  1.  The Bunker Project was built with proper permits.

    Maybe they meant it was kinda sorta, but not really built with proper permits? The zoning permit was issued after the fact and backdated to 8/17
    permit tilt upFurther note, that the DEP permits were never applied for. Even though, it states in the zoning permit above, that all applications within a flood zone require submission to the NJDEP.

See the building permit, 1) It was issued 9/22, well after it was constructed and not until it was called in question, and 2) it says “rehabilitation” not New Construction, which contradicts the zoning permit and what actually happened.

building permit


2.  The Current Council Deemed It unsafe and erected a fence out of spite.

It was always maintained that the fence installation was due to the bunker’s liability issue. The safety of the structure was never brought into question.

fence tilt up


3.  ” A survey monkey was done and less than 150 people out of 5000 in the town participated.”

survey results

  • As of 2015, the population of Highlands was 4867,  which includes children.
  • Highlands has approximately 3100 registered voters (as of the 2012 election) of which less than 2000 voted.

4.  The Survey alone determined Shorehenge’s Outcome

The ultimate decision for the removal of the Bunker came from:

  • The multiple council meetings that people showed up to ask for its removal.
  • A formal petition circulated for the removal of the Shorehenge.
  • A Highlands Town Hall Meeting where the majority of people spoke against the Bunker.
  • The Survey which confirmed the majority of people wanted it taken down.
  • The letter from the DEP that required action must be taken.

5.  The survey was only available online and advertised via Facebook.

The survey was advertised on Facebook, however, it was also advertised:

  • On the main web page
  • In Borough Trailer
  • During several council meetings
  • Via flyers that were handed out throughout the town
  • Via SWIFT email/Text notification
  • In newspapers/news outlets.  See 3/22 Asbury Park Press article  AND 4/7 Asbury Park Press article which again gives results as of that date and contends the survey would remain open until 4/30.

An offline “paper” survey was made available and collected from those without internet access.



Election Time 2015, Vote Tomorrow

Last year, I did a blog post on the 2014 elections.  At the time I listed the accomplishments from the incumbents, and thought I would do the same this year, for those in office and running for re-election.

a) Flood mitigation – No then and no now

b) Cut Spending  – No then and no now

c) Brought back business on Bay Ave? – I’ll give them a few businesses opening, Porcini, the T-shirt shop, the Tailor.

d) Limit the time constituents have to speak at council meetings, so they don’t have to hear about not accomplishing important things, – Yes and still in effect.

e) Vote in a Resolution that all volunteers(regardless of when/how they volunteered) must add a disclosure on Facebook as an intimidation tactic so that they don’t have to read about their short comings on Facebook? – Yes, Ms Ryan was suppose to work on rewording the ordinance as to not to include volunteers, but that has not transpired.


f) Web Site Committee – Stalled

g) Newsletter – Stalled

h) Clam Plant Lease, spent money on consultants but no New lease has been signed to date.

i) Borough Hall/PD out of trailers – Nope

j)  Tilt-up Memorial on Snug Harbor Beach – Yup, and without proper notifications to surrounding residents.

k) Community Center – complete as of Sunday, however the end cost of the repairs was at approximately $800,000 and FEMA covered 90%.

I also blogged about what had been accomplished 2 years after Sandy, take a look now we’re 3 years in..

So Tomorrow remember this when you Vote..

Do You Know Who Is Running For Highlands Council?

Want to Find Out And Ask Them Questions?


Candidate Forum Monday 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Henry Hudson High School


– Each candidate will give a 2 minute bio;
– There will be 4 questions that will be asked of each candidate to start the forum, which they will have prior to Monday night.
-the 4 most popular question requested by the public will be provided to them hopefully on Friday.
– They will have one minute to answer each question. (10 seconds will be the most overtime they will have, Rosemary Ryan the moderator will have someone timing this)


– the Moderator will then start asking the questions from the box and ask until 8:25.
– The candidates will have a 1 minute closing statement.

How to Ask Questions:
– There will be index cards at the check in table at the high school. Each person (audience) will be able to write down one question and drop it into the clear box that will be at the door.

****If you cannot make it and would still like to send a question, PM Rosemary Ryan on Facebook or email her at

You can also post questions on the Borough of Highlands Facebook Page (Please note you will have to join that page to post a question)

Any questions PM’d, emailed or Posted will be added to the box at the Forum for the running Candidates to answer.

There should be a video tape made available after, for those who can not attend.

5 Things from Last Night’s Council Meeting (10/21)

5   1. Street Scape is progressing on Bay Ave & Shore Drive. However, the ripper uppers are working quicker than the concrete pourer’s and stampers. Weather is going to play a factor in the completion date. To see the plans click here

2. Pulte is requesting that street names within their project, they are considering, Harborside Way or View Point Drive, The Marina owner was requesting Willow St be renamed Harbor Way. The residents in the surrounding areas were sent out a letter Oct 7 that explained the request and were looking for feedback. Residents can either call the Borough or email the Borough.

3. Vacant Planning Board Member seats were filled.  Greg Wells & Christian Lee were moved up from Alternate Members to regular members, and Rosemary Ryan was appointed to Alternate #1 and Katie Reed was appointed to Alternate #2.

4. Sandy Memorial, a motion was offered up to amend the June minutes to reflect that Tim Hill did not actually mention the Tilt Up Project, and the council agreed to strike that portion of the minutes from the record. Further, Mayor Nolan asked to explore the possibility of requesting the Tilt Up to move the structure to a different location.

5.  Clam Plant Lease, It may or may not be put out to Bid. The Lease ended in August of 2015. We hired an independent consultant, Fisheries Technology Associates, Inc in May for $32,000 to determine what the going rent rate for that building would be.

Why You Might Want to Attend Wednesday’s Council Meeting


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.