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Do You Know Who Is Running For Highlands Council?


Want to Find Out And Ask Them Questions?

When/Where:

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

Agenda:

– 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)

Break

– 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 roryan720@gmail.com

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.

Town Hall Meeting notes from 9/15


NJ Future logoMonday night’s town hall meeting, wasn’t necessarily a “town hall meeting” like past meetings have been conducted. Steve Nelson from NJ Future presented a summary of the SRPR (Strategic Recovery Planning Report).  – If you hear people speak about the SRPR you now know what it stands for.

The SRPR was worked on by Steve Nelson (who also handles the SRPR in Sea Bright as well as Highlands) and a Steering Committee in Highlands made up of Art Gallagher, Larry Colby, Mayor Nolan, Tim Hill and Kevin Redmond.  I don’t know how they were chosen to make up the steering committee, I would personally put someone else on just to have a different perspective, but that’s just me.)

The council is going to go through the report in its entirety and then vote on adopting the report as a road map to move the town forward (R-14-199) in Wednesday’s Night Council Meeting.

Chapter 1 of the report – goes over the demographics of Highlands (Although admittedly they used pre-sandy demographics).

Chapter 2 of the report – goes over the impact assessment of what Sandy did to Highlands.

Chapter 3 of the report – goes over future risk assessment

  • Future Hazards
  • Risks
  • Potential Impacts/exposure of Sea Level Rising
  • Cohesion of the community
  • Governmental Services

Chapter 4 of the report covers Getting Resilient

  • Communication and outreach

In this chapter they looked at the current Master plan, current zoning, the Planning Documents from Rutgers studio and the recommended FEMA plan

Chapter 5 Assessment of Existing Planning and Zoning Documents (such as)

  • Clam Plant Zoning
  • Bayshore Region Strategic Plan (from before Sandy)
  • Masterplan from 2004 and the re-examination of MP in 2008
  • Monmouth County Haz Mitigation plan (2009)
  • CAFRA
  • Current Zoning Ordinance for Highlands Recovery Strategy

Chapter 6 Recommendations (not in order of priority)

  • Storm water piping from Rt 36
  • Property maintenance and code compliance
  • Steep Slope mitigation
  • Municipal Facilities Plan (i.e. where to put Town Hall/PD)
  • Obtain NFIP compliance & apply for CRS certification
  • Sewer upgrades (I&I)
  • Pump Station Repairs, install “new” catch basins, pipes etc
  • Economic viability of Clamming Study
  • Determine the need of redevelopment and where it should be
  • Update Boro Haz Mitigation Plan
  • Update municipal codes, plans and strategies to handle future flooding risks, hazards and vulnerabilities
  • Update the latest version of the FEMA’s flood maps using “best available flood hazard data or most stringent version”

Chapter 7 includes the Who, What, When and dollar amount to achieve the recommendations.

To view presentation from town hall CLICK HERE

To view NJ Future’s Report CLICK HERE

Insurance Companies Holding Local Municipalities Responsible for failing to prepare for flooding


Good Night Irene 013 - Copy According to May’s Christian Monitor,

“Farmers Insurance filed class action lawsuit last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area for failing to prepare for flooding. The suits argue towns should have known climate change would produce more flooding.”

The premise being that insurance companies want to push cities to invest in prevention as a way to avoid future lawsuits and ultimately future payouts to policy holders.

What do you think ?

ACE Notes from May 7th Meeting


They Army Corp of Engineers on March 12 announced the plan for the feasibility study for Highlands for Zone 2. It initially decided to break the town into 7 zones. The thought process is that instead of just putting up one type of wall, take the town in chunks and figure out if the proper mitigation is a wall or a berm depending on the topography and current coastline of each section.  The ACE people said regarding the meetings, that instead of doing each zone separately, they decided to do zones 3-7 in one meeting (hence the May 7th meeting) because of lack of response from the residents in the first meeting in March for Zone 2, which initiated grumbling with residents due to lack of communication when the meetings were happening or why ACE required feedback from residents. (There was a meeting held earlier for businesses that was also inadequately announced or communicated and had only sparse attendance as well.)

Note that the terms “wall,” bulkhead,” and “seawall” are used interchangeably but mean the same thing, a corrugated metal wall placed on the water side of the existing bulkhead or inland from the current beachfront.

Regarding the berm, it is 12 feet wide and 3 feet high. There will be walk-overs, but they won’t be able to be walked on. There would be planted sea grass. The smaller walls would be a 5 feet high and a foot wide. There would be walk-overs here as well, but you could put a beach chair on either side of the wall without issue.ace zones

Unit 1 – Paradise Park and adjacent property – This actually fell off the list due to the Navesink Shores doing their own mitigation project with the new development.

Unit 2- Willow to Snug Harbor – this area can have either a berm or small wall; both options are on the table, and they are looking for resident feedback in making the final decision.

Unit 3- Snug Harbor to Sea Drift – this is a a wall similar to what is there now and a two feet higher with a cement cap. On the Captain Cove, the bulkheads will be higher matching marine place and it also includes walk overs for the marina and viewing stairs to look over the wall. The new bulkhead will be placed, according to the current plan, on the water side of the current bulkhead and will effectively line the marina. This option was chosen as more cost-effective than a flood gate for the marina.

Unit 4- Sea Drift to Cedar – this area can have either a berm or small seawall; both options are on the table, and they are looking for resident feedback in making the final decision.

Unit 5- Cedar to Miller St – this area can have either a berm or small wall; both options are on the table, and they are looking for resident feedback in making the final decision.

Unit 6 – Miller Street to South Street (Shrewsbury Ave properties) – wall similar to Marine Place with cement cap.

Unit 7 – South Street to Bridge – this actually wasn’t discussed.

Its going to take approximately 2 years to do the feasibility study and approval from the town in order to move forward.

Some other highlights:

Funding is allocated by Congress; however, ACE won’t move forward until a) they finish the feasibility study and 2)they get the green light from town.

ACE would also re-evaluate pumps and determine whether they needed to be replaced or current pumps would be sufficient.

The cost is estimated at $55 million with 65% federal and 35% non-federal split. The town would be required to pay 9%. They also said there could be County Funding to assist with this.

The town (or at least the residents Tuesday night) didn’t seem to agree on whether it should be green-lighted.

Concerns included things like:

  • “this wouldn’t be a silver bullet to stop total flooding in Highlands,” it would keep most (note this is most and not completely) surge out also it wouldn’t not stop run-off from the hill
  • the amount of space the berms would take up,
  • the height of the walls,
  • the overall look of the walls,
  • ADA access (or lack there of)
  • beach vehicle access to private beaches (ie Gravelly),
  • blocking views,
  • easements versus eminent domain,
  • neighbors wanting different options (berm vs small wall),
  • the varying height of the barrier at different parts of town
  • the fact that it might not get done because of the dissent of owners on the water front
  • the cost of paying for it vs the cost of not doing it
  • etc

It hasn’t been determined whether the final green light will be given solely by the council or if the council will put it out to a referendum for residents to vote on.

Either way this is going to be a *hot* topic and further resident involvement is a must.

 

 

Army Corp Meeting Wed March 12


acoe Where: Highlands Elementary school, 7pm

Public is invited,

Area to be discussed for possible Flood mitigation ideas: old trailer park west of town to Snug Harbor
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Note: There will be multiple meetings, as they are breaking apart in multiple areas. Mitigation tactics applicable in one area may not be applicable in another. Wednesday Nights meeting is for Project Area / Unit 2.

Areas are broken out as follows;

For info purposes, these were the Unit Areas as proposed by the USACE for planning purposes. When meetings are scheduled, some areas may be combined based on the uniqueness or challenges within the area.

Unit 1 – Paradise Park and Adjacent Property

Unit 2- Willow to Snug Harbor

Unit 3- Snug Harbor to Seadrift

Unit 4- Seadrift to Cedar

Unit 5- Cedar to Miller St

Unit 6 – Miller Street to South Street (Shrewsbury Ave properties)

Unit 7 – South Street to Bridge

Snow & Ice expected in Highlands – AGAIN


The National Weather Service is predicting a “major nor’easter” could develop off the Atlantic coast Wednesday night into Thursday, dumping as much as 8 inches or more of snow.

The high tides to watch are both high tides on Thursday, as well as the morning high tide on Friday. Significant rainfall as well as a full moon on Friday may worsen the coastal flooding impacts.

Watch the streets to see if you need to move your cars. Remember that if you don’t move your car and the ice freezes around the tires, you can be stuck till it warms up or ruin your tires.

Jan 30 is New Moon = Flooding in Highlands


New Moonmoon Alert in Highlands. There will be a new moon on Jan 30. Anybody that was here in ’92 will remember that was a “new moon” nor’easter.

When the moon is new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined. So during these particular times the high tides are very high and the low tides are very low.  The gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun both contribute to these types of tides.

So watch the street and be prepared to move your cars.

What the Thanksgiving Nor’Easter means to Highlands


surfing turkeyAccording to NOAA, the holiday Nor’Easter will bring heavy rains Tuesday through Wednesday Night with expected  roadway and poor drainage flooding. Wednesday High Tides are going to be the ones to watch out for. Add in 60 mph winds and its not going to be pleasant downtown.

Its not like last year when they predicted a Holiday Nor’Easter, this one looks real and expect downtown to take water.

Army Corp Meeting from last night


The one that made the most sense to the ACOE, was a sea wall.

Although, many of the other plans looked familiar..

Slide to the left, ACOE idea, Picture to right, my idea from last March for a “Barrier”

sea wall idea

What didn’t make the list at all?

Raising the town.

hb ideas flooding

Newburyport mocks Highlands


Author & Ipswich resident William Sargent who has written several books about coastal erosion,  decided to write an article on the Wicked Local regarding Plum Island and how they were going to use 8 ft of back fill to build up where some new Condo’s were going to be constructed.

Then he adds his opinion on Highlands’ idea of raising the town:

But Highlands, N.J., was proposing the most audacious plan of all. They had studied what Texas had done after the 1900 Galveston hurricane and were proposing that the Army Corps of Engineers spend $200 million of taxpayers’ money to elevate every house, flower and piece of grass in a community worth $574 million dollars.

They proposed to do this by moving everyone into shelters while their houses were put on pilings 11 feet above grade. Then the Corps would move in, build retaining walls and dump million of tons of construction waste behind the walls so, eventually, the entire city would be raised 11 feet into the air.

The proposal wasn’t scheduled to be complete until 2015, and construction could take at least three years. Meanwhile Highlands would have to endure at least five more years of potentially damaging storms.

He goes on to suggest that maybe we should just move the town to the high side of RT 36.  (I think I sarcastically made the same suggestion a few years back..)

Then says adding dunes to Plum island sounds so much more reasonable when you compare to Highlands idea to “raise the town.”

We’re officially being mocked..

He ends it by stating “This was not the way to plan for Sandy-like storms and sea level rise.” – I wish we could bring him to a council meeting or maybe the flood mitigation steering committee meeting.

Some of his books Sargent authored include:

“Storm Surge,” “Beach Wars,” “The House on Ipswich Marsh” and “The View From Strawberry Hill,” which has chapters on Plum Island, Hurricane Sandy, and Salisbury Beach.

Torrential Rain Brings Flooding in Highlands Today


Waterwitch Ave_Recreation 8_13_13(1)When it rains it pours, at least in Highlands. We need to revisit all the flood mitigation ideas..

a) WIPP Hydro Solutions

b) Flood Gates

c)Other Ideas

and of course there is the popular

d) Raising the town

Of course, in contrary, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long is attending  a two-day conference that brings together Dutch and American experts on water management for coastal communities. The goals are to study ways to protect three regions — the Jersey Shore, downtown Manhattan and Jamaica Bay — impacted by superstorm Sandy.

She is quoted in app.com in saying “What comes out of this hopefully will bring a benefit to the entire region, In my opinion, it doesn’t make sense for each town to do its own thing if it doesn’t fit into a regional plan.”  So I guess she would be against the town of Highlands spending $200+ million on just the town of Highlands to mitigate flooding.. (ahem, not like the rest of us have been saying that since Sandy..)

What Highlands will look like in 2030 with no flood control


According to Surging Seas, which studies sea level rises with Climate Change, much of Highlands will be under water by 2030.

They project the probabilities of reaching different high water levels in the future, through combinations of storms, tides and sea level rise, they then developed statistics based on patterns of historical extreme water levels, and then superimposed the sea level rises they projected onto these. They used local statistics and local sea level projections for each of the 55 water level stations analyzed.
They are predicting over 1 in 6 chance sea level rise + storm surge + tide will overtop +5ft by 2030 at nearest flood risk indicator site: The Battery – New York Harbor, which is 20.4 miles away.

2030  This is somewhat different than the Rutgers Study I blogged about earlier this year. Which at three feet had most of the captain’s cove area under water as well and mirrored what types of flooding we see today with Full Moon/New Moon tidal issues.

sea levels in Highlands 3ftWhich ever study you choose to believe, the constant message is:
Highlands Floods.

Sea Wall or Flood gate anyone?

3 facts about the lifting of Galveston TX you should know


ImageFact # 1:  The Galveston Town Council wasn’t equipped to handle rebuilding the town after the Hurricane of 1900

“The Galveston city government was reorganized into a commission government, a newly devised (at the time) structure wherein the government is made of a small group of commissioners, each responsible for one aspect of governance. This was prompted by fears that the existing city council would be unable to handle the problem of rebuilding the city [of Galveton]”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_commission_government

Fact # 2 People were faced with brutal sacrifice

“Of course there was a component of brutality in all that (town lifting). Some homeowners couldn’t afford the raising. Some had to sacrifice the bottom floor of their houses. Some had to abandon their homes entirely. The work went on in sections for seven years.” http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi865.htm

Fact # 3:  Ooooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell. The smell of sludge around you (for 7 years)

Dredge material is pumped into the island during the grade raising after the 1900 hurricane. Residents endured years (7 to be exact) of pumps, sludge, canals, stench and miles of catwalks during the project.  http://www.1900storm.com/rebuilding/

Meeting Notes from May 22 Council Meeting at PTAK


From Guest Blogger: J Sommers

Last night, we got more of the sit-and-wait-since-we-are-powerless-but-oh-so-hopeful attitude regarding house lifting grants from the evil FEMA empire, V/AE zones change decisions from wise politicians, thoughtful reductions in our insurance premiums by kind-hearted insurance companies and  donations from scores of private developers lining up to lift the entire town. That and the Brooklyn Bridge will be extended to Highlands.

The Council got together with the Zoning Committee and the Planning Board to discuss how to unravel their brilliant decision from last year to convert half of downtown to mixed use (I suspect heavily supported by the town’s business gurus) thereby precluding all significantly damaged homeowners of single residences in that area from being able to rebuild to get back into their homes and from being eligible for any grants due to nonconformity! Way to go guys! One of the last brilliant ideas of the night was to allow each homeowner to get in front of the zoning board to ask for a variance because of course we want to provide as many incentives as possible for the non-existent businesses that have no intentions to set up shop in Highlands over the needs of the residents who are holding on to the hope that there’s hope for Highlands.

In other unconfirmed news, it appears that HBP engaged a marketing person to do PR for the town in order to entice developers to come in and what better way to give Highlands its 15 minutes of fame than to play up the one idea that the mayor has latched on to lift the town. It would be interesting to see all those amazing presentations sent from as far away as Japan firsthand and to see whether anyone explored anything beyond filling my 1st floor with sand!

Speaking of outlandish ideas, a call to action to put pressure on OEM, politicians, FEMA and anyone else involved in the process to permit retroactive application of grants to lift homes has been dismissed notwithstanding the fact it would save taxpayers, insurance and the feds money in the long run. To quote the mayor, “We don’t want to publicly embarrass our senators”! Really?

So… we’re back to raising the town as an option (Again)


ImageThe idea that just won’t die…  According to WNYC this morning  raising the town of Highlands is the ONLY hope of survival. Really, its our only hope?

According to WNYC, “[Mayor] Nolan and the Highland’s environmental commission is considering a big idea that locals hope will alleviate the extreme flooding that happened after Sandy. They are looking into raising the entire town up.”  “Town officials know it can be done.  Residents don’t doubt that.” (I’m a resident and I doubt that…. which residents exactly don’t doubt it?)

Again, citing Galveston, Texas and the 1900 flood, as proof positive raising the town is the “only hope”.   Ah-hem, Galveston had substantial flood damage in 2008 due to Hurricane Ike. They are now considering a coastal barrier (appropriately called the ‘Ike Dike’)  This project would be a dramatic enhancement of the existing Galveston Seawall, complete with floodgates, which would protect more of Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula, the Galveston Bay Area, and Houston.  It would further be able to withstand ~10,000 year storms.

Storm barriers, storm barriers, where I have read about those?? Oh yeah here..
If Galveston, TX is considering Storm Barriers, maybe Highlands should also..

Would a Hurricane Barrier work for Highlands?


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Anybody ever been to New Bedford, MA? This is where the dedication to the largest Hurricane Barrier in the world took place in 1966.  Back then, it cost $1,000 a foot, is long enough to span the 3.5 mile width of New Bedford, is as high (and wider ) than The Great Wall of China, and has enough steel in it to build a Navy destroyer. Its two huge steel navigational-sector gates weigh 400 tons apiece-each 35 tons heavier than the biggest train ever built-and each as tall as a six-story house. It was built to with stand a Cat 3 hurricane. That being said, the barrier does close up to a dozen times a year for storm events that bring southerly gales and tidal surges. The biggest test to date was Hurricane Bob in 1991 where it protected the village from just under 8 ft tidal surges and saved the town 10’s of millions of dollars.

Many speculate that this barrier would have been met with resounding opposition by environmentalists today if an intrusive stone structure of this magnitude enclosing an entire bay or in our case river was introduced. Environmental laws and stricter regulations that were virtually non-existent 45 years ago. (Much like the back filling the town would be opposed to, no environmental laws in 1900 when they did it to Galveston.)

But, if we could get past the red tape, and did some sort of rock structure that spanned from Highlands to Sandy Hook, it could potentially work and not only protect us, but also some of the upstream towns like  Sea Bright (as their flooding is more river side than Ocean) and Rumson as well.

Imagine this.. We start the structure from the Henry Hudson Trail & from Spermaceti Cove on the Sandy Hook side. This would take coordination between State, Federal and local officials.hurricane barrier

In New Bedford, fishing or just plain strolling along the barrier is welcome. Today, by agreement with New Bedford city, waterfront, and industry officials, the Engineers  shut the gates when tides rise 4 feet above mean high water level. Can you visualize never having to move your car again?

So the benefits are: Protects more towns than just Highlands. Can be an extension of Pompora & Sandy Hook parks. Could be a tourist attraction, see twin lights, sandy hook light house and biggest hurricane barrier  in the world.

So its Highlands Town Hall Meeting time Again..


8PM Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands…
Remember when I WANTED a town hall meeting? (Heavy sigh).. What was I thinking?? It’s like “wanting a car”and getting a getting a golf cart.  It’s kinda sort of the same thing, but not really.

Here are some items hopefully they will address..

Permits.. I know they are voting on this Wednesday at the regular meeting, but there are grumblings that the $91k is already gone.. I’d like to know on what..  I’d like to know if they knew about the state sending out the memo in November and decided against it or if it sat on someone’s desk and never got circulated.. Also, let’s do the math here, $91k divided by $700 (average per hh on permits spent) = 130 HH. How many houses were damaged? Yeah, you know why, because they aren’t reimbursable by insurance, people haven’t decided yet on if they are walking from their homes, and why bother spending $700 on permits to a town you’re going to walk from.  Either that or you’re exempt because you have the right last name.

Solution Center/Distribution Center.. 
What’s being done to make the solution center helpful? Was the permit money used to “fund” the solution center? What is the process used to determine who gets what that is on their “Needs form”?  What I *think* is the process, donations come in..  the solution center looks at what the items are and go through the list and put their friends and family first.  Everyone else can pound sand.
hbwp

Flood Mitigation.. What’s happening here, please don’t say “we’re waiting on the ACOE to get back to us.”  Why aren’t we taking charge of our own fate and spit balling ideas on how we’re going to tackle this, (besides back filling the town..)

Raising Your House Grants..  What are the gotcha’s here if any.. is there paperwork that needs to be filled out.. Or a check list of things the residents *must* do.. I don’t want to find out in 3 years that I don’t qualify because there was something I was *supposed* to do that I didn’t because no one told me.

Comcast Day..  Is this just for the “town parks” and beaches or will they be available for residents as well?  Can you ask them to bring a few dumpsters and we can get rid of some of the construction & clean up debris? Comcast can always say no to this, but if we have a corporation being generous, why not ask them to write a check for dumpsters?

Pallone… Why was Highlands snubbed by Pallone on Flood Mitigation and Sandy money?

 

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Town Hall Meeting Streamed
meeting

Note: There isn’t sound until about the 3 min mark

Does Pallone hates Highlands or just doesn’t realize we flood?


Pallone Announces $12.3 Million for Sea Bright February 2012 Pallone announced that $12.3 million will be awarded to fund beach replenishment in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach thanks to a request he submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This funding will allow the Army Corps to begin replenishing the beaches in these towns in Fall 2012.

Pallone Announces $1.3 Million Grant for Sea Bright Flood Mitigation March 30, 2012 Pallone announced that the town of Sea Bright in New Jersey’s sixth district was awarded a grant of $1.37 million to fund a bulkhead repair project. It was awarded thanks to a request submitted by Congressman Pallone to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.The funding will go towards the installation of a new bulkhead at the foot of Beach Way, and to repair five bulkheads at the foot of River Street, South Street, Beach Street, Center Street and Osborne Place. The grant will also fund a submersible storm water pump at Osborne Place.

Pallone Announce Plans for Post-Sandy Beach Replenishment and Flood Control Projects for Keansburg, as well as Sea Bright to Manasquan
April 2013 Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) unveiled plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy for a historic investment in large scale flood control and beach replenishment projects in Keansburg and from Sea Bright to Manasquan.  Pallone and Colonel Owen outlined the timeline for the projects that represent hundreds of millions of dollars worth of work and will be the largest investment ever made in beach replenishment and flood protection in the Sixth Congressional District. “Areas like Keansburg have been continually impacted by flooding, and this historic investment will help to protect area homes and businesses from future flooding, as well as repair the destruction caused by Sandy,” Said Pallone.

In Keansburg, the Corps plans to move forward with the beach repair project first, and the levee repair project second.  The beach repair contract will be awarded around May 7, and work could begin immediately after.  Construction will last roughly 180 days.  The Corps plans to award the contract for the levee repair project around May 29 with work beginning in June.

Pallone Announces Over $35 Million in Sandy Aid to Sandy Hook   March 2013 Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)
announced that the  Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area will receive more than $35 million in federal aid to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.  $30 million has been allocated for the national park from the Superstorm Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January with an additional $5.2 million awarded through U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program.

Pallone Announces More Than $14 Million for Storm Repairs to Atlantic Highlands Harbor Marina Piers   “After Sandy, I saw boats thrown on land and piers broken in half,” said Congressman Pallone.  “The amount of repair work required for Atlantic Highlands Harbor was unbelievable, but this funding means that visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the harbor in time for summer season.”

Ummm, What about that other little fishing village on the other side of the river from Sea Bright… Highlands…Does Pallone NOT know that Highlands floods? Did anybody send him pictures?

Oh wait, he was here, right on Sea Drift Ave right after Sandy..

pallone in highlands

How we can get a hold of Pallone and remind him .. hey Highlands Floods too..

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/frankpallone
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RepFrankPallone
Email: frank.pallone@mail.house.gov

Some links to show him Highlands Floods:
Flooding During Sandy
Highlands After Sandy
Flooding in Highlands during Irene
Highlands Flooding during regular Summer Storm from Surge/Sewers
Hill Flooding

Ideas to Mitigate Flooding In Highlands:
Raise the town of Highlands
Another idea to Mitigate Flooding in Highlands