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Guest Blogger: Stacey Pritchard on Rain Barrel Grant in Highlands

This one was raffled in 2014 in a community project to raise awareness in Vermont.

Image Courtesy of jaclynbishop.blogspot.com

If you have not heard, Highlands has received a grant from NJ American Water for Rain Barrels. This grant is for environmental concerns and is for ten thousand dollars ($10k). Highlands is expecting to be able to buy at least 100 barrels, and possibly more with those funds to distribute to homeowners in Highlands.

A survey to be able to get your name in for a barrel should be published on the town website sometime this week, according to the town administrator Tim Hill.

Now many people may roll their eyes and think oh yeah… rain barrels “whoop di dooo…” no big deal.

Well one or two don’t make a huge difference beyond the garden and yard of the person using them. But for every barrel (which on average are 55 gallons) that is less water running directly into our drainage systems with a heavy rain fall. Even a fairly small roof line of 800 Square feet can produce up to 500 gallons of water in a 1/2 inch rainfall. When that water is hitting driveways ad sidewalks, which is not uncommon in our small densely packed streets, it is going right into the drainage systems and contributes to some of our flooding issues.


By diverting the water to enter the system at a non rainfall event, each rain barrel used can contribute to less street flooding in our little town.  Just like with recycling efforts, when we start working together as a community our individual efforts can add up quickly. Of course there are other great benefits beyond the flooding issues.


Rainwater is highly oxygenated, free of the salts, inorganic ions, and fluoride compounds contained in tap water that accumulate in the soil over time and potentially harm plant roots. Use of rainwater in your garden dilutes this impact, making plants more drought-tolerant, healthy, and strong. I have already started my seeds and cannot wait to start planting my garden this year, and feel even better when I can be as green as possible with the way I tend it. Why worry about my organic food when I then flood them with tap water?


You’ll help to reduce runoff pollution. When it rains, runoff picks up soil, fertilizer, oil, pesticides and other contaminants and pushes them into other areas of the landscape. These pollutants can increase algae growth in lakes, alter the habitat for fish, and even make lakes and oceans dangerous for recreational activities. Your water collecting stops some of this damaging flow. This is one of the most important issues for me. Living downtown, especially in the spring, I watch as a great deal of run off flows off the lawns of homes further up the hill. I know that many of these lawns are being treated with chemicals that are being picked up and carried on to my sidewalks, where my dogs are walking and picking up all sorts of toxins. Not to mention draining into the water.

You’ll have a fresh, green way to wash your cars and pets. Rainwater doesn’t have the salt and other chemicals found in tap water.


Rain runoff is also a particular issue in places where land erosion is a concern. Your rain catch will be especially helpful in these cases.


You can reduce your water bill. Garden and lawn watering accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thanks to a rain barrel’s water catch, the typical gardener can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season.

Oh and finally… If you don’t like the way the barrel looks… you can always get creative and paint it.


Rutgers Storm Water Management
How To Install A Rain Barrel
What To Do If There Is Sediment In Your Rain Barrel

Quick Chek Highlands to get Grant

Quick_ChekAccording to APP.com,  State of NJ announced this week that 33 gas stations (one of which is Quick Chek on Route 36 on the western edge of Highlands)— using $1.8 million in government grants — have been approved to move forward with plans to retrofit their operations for a backup power supply, so they can continue to sell gas during a crisis with widespread power outages.

The approved stations, which were eligible for the grant because of their strategic location along shore evacuation routes, will be either installing connection points for mobile generators or buying and fitting permanent backup generators.

During Sandy I think most of us remember having to either drive down 36 to either Sunaco or Wawa and waiting on-line.

5 Things From The Highlands 8/20 Council Meeting

5There are MANY things going on in town. The following are just 5 Highlights, to see everything you’re going to have to watch the video:

To view the full meeting click here:


I.  R – 14 – 145/146 Declarations of Clam Purification Appointments (All the terms ended May 31) Before assigning new appointees, the CP committee was supposed to provide a report. Which they to date have not. So technically there isn’t a full committee but they need a report from the full committee in order to re-appoint certain members of the committee.   For those that didn’t realize, the Borough of Highlands actually “owns” the clam purification plant in town and receives rent from the business that is there. Although, the lease was written a long time ago and very inexpensive. It was up for renewal in 2015. Whether it auto-renews at the same rate or we renegotiated the rental receivables is still up in the air because “we don’t have a report from the clam purification committee.”  And to be fair most of our committees don’t seem to meet regularly.  – End all be all , council pushed this back until September meeting.  I personally would rather see action than inaction here, there is potential increase in rental revenue at stake.  Even more irritating, there were 2 members of the Clam Purification Committee at the council meeting. (Francy & Nolan) No excuses on why no meetings and why no report and what the heck is going on.

II.  Finance Report (From CFO) An audit started last week & constant Reviewing of the Budget is occurring, preparing for delinquent 2013 taxes, CFO recommended considering online tax sale to save money. The 3/4 qtr sewer bills were mailed out and they were due on Aug 11 with a 30 day grace period.

III.   Bonding capacity is limited to 3 1/2% of the net town evaluation (What the town is worth), Right now we’re at capacity and we have $ 2 1/2 million away from our cap. The real concern (according to the new CFO, you know one of the highest paid NJ employee) is any new projects, i.e. new municipal building, a new police station, repairing the current crappy sewer system, repairing the community center, add any other project here could put us over our cap.  What is a bond, its kind of like a credit card and our limit is based on what the town is worth. So based on everything we’ve borrowed, we’re almost at our limit with only $2 1/2 million to spare.  (If this doesn’t scare you, it should)  Our CFO suggests that we need to re prioritize our projects. (You can listen to 35 min to 45 min mark)

IV.    Two Minute Rule was discussed in executive session, the following points were brought up there-

   a) There have been times were they go around the room more than once asking for public input. (Of course this was before they put the 2 min rule in play.)

   b) Sometimes in the past it was just informal and people just spoke out.

   c) Maybe if its less people, letting speaking longer is an option and if there is a ton of people the 2 minute rule will take effect.

       Net/net – the lawyer needs to do some investigation and they pushed off until September to make any decisions. (Shocker) Oh and by the way *we* as in the town tax payers have to pay for him to do this research. This should be a no brainer and a decision made, then move on. If you ask why? Look at point #3.

V. Also in the public portion it was brought up about the APP.com article stipulating that under current policy that predates Sandy, FEMA will credit disaster-stricken communities for the free labor that volunteer firefighters, first aid squad members as well as private individuals and volunteer groups provided, and for other “donated resources,” such as free meals, bottled water and cleaning supplies. Highlands has yet to collect the hours or a donated resource list or started the paperwork.

According to the council, “we have not missed out on this yet”, however, it wasn’t explained when the drop dead date for the application actually is and why this information needed to be submitted was not collected yet.

Highlands To Get Grants to Demolish Unsafe Housing

Highlands is one of 6 towns in Monmouth county that have been accepted into a state program to demolish unwanted, unsightly and unsafe housing, according to the NJ DCA.

Highlands has historically had its share of abandoned homes. Hurricane Sandy has compounded the problem.  The issue since Sandy of the down spiraling of property values, rodents, critters, high grass and criminal activity isn’t specific to Highlands but has proven to be problematic all over the bay shore.

Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration made $15 million in federal money available to cover the costs of razing Sandy-damaged buildings through the Unsafe Structure Demolition Program.

This is actually progress. Hopefully the initiative will begin sooner than later, as to alleviate the emotional impact of residents who have to view the abandoned homes day after day.  When properties remain untouched still after Sandy, it gives a feeling of hopelessness to its neighbors who do live there, it’s just a feeling of, “are we ever going to get out of this?”


Dates & Sandy Deadlines


You can go to  http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/shrap for information as well as the different agencies that you can register with.

You can also apply at an office in another county near work etc. if that is easier for you.

However, the Affordable Housing Alliance is taking clients at the 181 Bay Ave (United Methodist Church) site on Mondays.


If you do not have a case manager, contact Catholic Charities at 877-510-6762 and ask for a Disaster Intake.  Or the American Red Cross at 732-493-9100.

Monmouth County Office on Aging Super Storm Sandy Victims Home Repair and Advocacy Grant in Highlands Friday June 27

The Monmouth County Office on Aging Super Storm Sandy Victims Home Repair and Advocacy Grant people will be at 19 Bay Ave (aka Solution Center) on Friday June 27.

In order to qualify for assistance under this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• You, and/or your spouse must be at least 60 years old or disabled
• The property must have been damaged by Superstorm Sandy
• You must own the property, and use it as your primary residence

email Douglas.Rice@co.monmouth.nj.us or call  732-431-7460

Christie Administration Announces Sandy Housing Recovery Center Workshop

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will host a Housing Recovery Center Workshop on Saturday, March 15, 2014, to provide personal assistance for applicants approved for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program grant awards.

Housing Advisors will staff each of the nine Housing Recovery Centers located in the nine most Sandy-impacted counties from 12 noon to 5 p.m. to assist RREM grant awardees with program questions and to provide additional assistance navigating the RREM Program™s process.

RREM grant awardees do not have to wait until the Saturday workshop session to get assistance,” explained DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “They can contact their program-assigned Housing Advisor during normal business hours to get a quick response to their questions and concerns. But for those RREM grant awardees who have unanswered questions, our staff will be there for you at each of the nine Housing Recovery Centers during the workshop.

The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program is the largest of the housing recovery programs launched by the DCA in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The program provides grants to Sandy-impacted homeowners to cover rebuilding costs up to $150,000 that are not funded by insurance, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration loans, or other sources.

The Housing Recovery Center Workshop is not for applicants on the RREM Program waitlist, those deemed ineligible for the program, or those appealing their ineligibility determination. Applicants on the RREM waitlist can call the Housing Recovery Hotline at 1-855-SANDYHM to learn where they are on the waitlist.

The nine Housing Recovery Centers (HRC) are located:

 Atlantic County, 500 Scarborough Drive, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

 Bergen County, 104 E. Ridgewood Avenue, 1st Floor, South Tower, Paramus, NJ            

 Cape May County, 3860 Bayshore Road, Suite 5, North Cape May, NJ   

  Essex County, 283-299 Market Street, Gateway Center Plaza 2, 9th Floor, Newark, NJ

   Hudson County, 438 Summit Avenue, 6th Floor, Jersey City, NJ  

   Middlesex County, 1 Metroplex Drive, Edison, NJ                       

   Monmouth County, 3 Paragon Way, Suite 150, Freehold, NJ

   Ocean County, 750 Vassar Avenue, Suite 1, Lakewood, NJ        

    Union County, 150 Morris Avenue, Suite 101, Springfield, NJ

Highlands Awarded 1.5 million

bay aveHighlands was one of four towns that was awarded monies to assist with the recovery of their downtown areas after Sandy.

The grants are for replacement of old and cracked sidewalks and curbs, installation of pedestrian-scale street lights, bike racks, benches and trash receptacles to support the community.

State Admits ‘oopsy’ with Sandy Grant Relief

moneyHighlands property owners who were denied Sandy relief money are getting a potential second chance at some financial help.

The announcement came one day after a report documented that many NJ homeowners hit hard by the storm were wrongly told they would get no aid.

Public advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center says more than 3,000 applicants were told they were not eligible for one reason or another.

The RREM Grant offers up to $150,000 to rebuild and elevate homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy.

Monmouthy County has $9.5M in Sandy Housing Funds

The Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP), is administered by the Monmouth County Division of Planning and Contracting, will fund up to $15,000 worth of eligible expenses for Sandy impacted households, like outstanding mortgage payments, utility bills, household items and more. Municipalities will apply then act like vendor management company.

Middletown Township and Atlantic Highlands were one of the first municipalities to apply for the program after applications were made available on Oct. 7. Funds are expected to be released as soon as the end of the year.  The program ends in September 2015.

Municipalities interested in participating in the program have to submit a detailed application packet to the county by Oct. 30.

SHRAP is a “different animal” than other Sandy grant programs, as it will essentially require towns to act as vendors for the various services residents apply for. No money goes to the individuals or families. So how it would work is a resident would come in to the municipality and say  ‘I can’t make my mortgage payment next month.’ The town would make the mortgage payment. Next month, they come back — same thing. As soon as you hit that $15,000, you’re done. That’s one possible scenario.”

County officials invited interested municipalities to participate in an informational session on the program in Freehold on Oct. 15, where specific eligibility requirements and other details were expected to be discussed.

Sounds pretty good right? Oh yeah Highlands isn’t on the list yet. I don’t see on the HIghlandsnj.com web site as a public notice and they aren’t on the County web site as a participating municipality.

All I can think of is Frank Nolan in his interview with John Schneider on Blog Radio “Honestly, I don’t feel overwhelmed since Sandy” and “I’m a Leader” – Frank.. a Leader would make sure Highlands was in the mix for all and any grants like these.  As far as him not feeling overwhelmed since Sandy, the only thing that comes to mind is Monty Python and the Black Knight. No arms and legs and wanting the bite King Arthur’s knee caps off, “I’m invincible!” he shouts, King Arthur looks back at him and says “You’re a looney”  Seriously how can anyone *not* feel overwhelmed, and if that’s true, is that whats preventing him to go after Grants because he thinks no one else is overwhelmed?

My other thought was Becky’s interview on Youtube – all smiles talking about “We don’t need a grant writer, we have a grant writer.” Then went on to talk about the procurement of the Fire Truck. Hmmm…     Firetruck — or helping residents keep paying their mortgage, Firetruck — or helping residents keep paying their mortgage.. How the hell did Firetruck win if we had to choose which grant to go for?? And before you literal people comment that we got the fire truck before the grant came along, I understand it, but it shows why “we do need a grant writer” or at least someone who is going to read the memo’s and take the initiative to go after this stuff.

This kind of stuff has been happening since Sandy.. well it probably happened before Sandy, but since Sandy was such a crap sandwich, it just shined a spotlight on the priorities (or lack thereof)  and ineptness of our current leadership. Of course the flip side is; ok we “got” the money, who will disperse the $15,000 allotment ?  HBP, Hope for Highlands, tax assessor, Solution Center, Tim Hill? How do we ensure this money would not go to the inside select few who would obviously find ways to exhaust these funds quickly.

Heavy sigh.

Where the Grants are

There are some newer grants for land lords, you can download the following: NJ CDBG DR summary spreadsheet

At a high level:

Rental Housing Fund for Restoration of Multi-Family Housing Private for profit or non- profit housing developers or Public Housing Authorities (PHAs). Will provide multiple funding mechanisms, including zero and low interest loans for new construction and rehab; portion allocated for households with incomes between 60% and 80% AMI; up to $5 million set aside repair to public housing, HUD, other fed owned, or assistance to “other displaced households.” Located in one of 9 counties or other areas deemed priority by the state.
Rental Housing Rehabilitation of Small Rental Properties Owners must certify as rental housing, not second home. 25 units or less. Targeted to LMI households.  Rents not to exceed 30% of 80% AMI. Priority to properties with units for special needs populations.
Rental Housing Predevelopment Fund for Affordable Rental Housing Nonprofit developers to fund eligible “pre-development” soft costs.  Must create new affordable housing units. Projects must meet program’s underwriting and feasibility standards.
Rental Housing Blight Reduction Pilot Program Nonprofit and for profit developers. Targeted to LMI households.  Housing costs not to exceed 30% of gross income. Must have unaddressed funding need. 7 units or less. Projects must meet program’s underwriting and feasibility standards. First come-first served

Highlands Businesses Eligible for Facade Improvement Money

Are you a business owner in Highands?  There is a possible grant available for you: $1,850 per storefront in federal funds is being now being distributed by the county for project upgrades like a new awnings, paint, doors or signs.

It’s first-come, first-served.  Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Monmouth County Department of Economic Development at 732-431-7470 to discuss their projects prior to submitting an application.

The applicationguidelines and checklist are available on the county website.

A New Business is Opening in Highlands

HPCHYou asked for it.. Ok you didn’t ask for it.. It didn’t actually make the list of “what businesses would you like to see in highlands poll.” But you’re getting it!!

A New Pancake House!! – The Highlands Pancake House

Its not like we have other breakfast joints in town.. (Ok, we have a few breakfast joints in town)..

But I’m sure none of them serve pancakes.


So Anybody hear about the Sandy Homebuyer Assistance Program ?

It  will provide qualified low and moderate income borrowers with a forgivable, INTEREST-FREE loan of up to $50,000! All
you have to do is purchase a home in any of the nine Sandy-impacted area like Highlands, have a credit score of 620 and make less than $46k a year.  Of course if you only make $46k, you can only afford a house that is about $50k. (That does include the down payment) After you pay your taxes, Home Owners Insurance, Flood insurance, Sewer, Electric, water etc. You’re broke. – But hey there is a program out there for you.

Another Golden Ticket maybe available for Highlands Residents to Lift Their Houses

Elevating Homes To Protect From Future Storms

What Highlands’ Homeowners Need To Know About The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Elevation Program


In order to protect New Jersey communities from future storms, Governor Christie today launched a $100 million grant program to assist homeowners elevate their homes. Targeted at homes in the nine counties hardest hit by Sandy, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program provides up to $30,000 of reimbursement for eligible homeowners to elevate their primary single-family residences. Elevation will both lower the risk of flood damage and reduce flood insurance premiums. The program is being paid for by FEMA funds.


What You Need To Know About Program Eligibility:


  • The primary single-family residence must have been owned and occupied by the homeowner at the time of Superstorm Sandy;
  • The program is limited to homes located in the 100-year floodplain in the Sandy-impacted counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union;
  • Homeowners targeted for buy-out under the State’s HMGP acquisition program are not eligible to apply;
  • There are no income requirements and FEMA registration is not required.


How To Apply For A HMGP Grant:


  • The application period opens July 22, 2013 and closes on September 15, 2013;
  • Online: Log on to www.renewjerseystronger.org;
  • By phone: Call 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946);
  • In Person: Visit a Housing Recovery Center, located in each of the nine most-impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union);
  • Method of application will not affect status or likelihood of selection.


Helping New Jersey Homeowners Most At Risk Of Future Flooding:


  • Because the HMGP Elevation Program is designed to mitigate against future flooding events, applications will be prioritized by flooding risk and by level of Sandy-related damage;
  • Risk groups are defined by how much higher a home needs to be elevated to meet New Jersey’s design elevation standards:

o   The first group will be homeowners who need to elevate more than 8 feet above the standard. The next group will be those who must elevate five to eight feet above the standard. The final group will consist of those needing to elevate less than five feet;

o   Within each risk group, applications are further prioritized based on storm damage from Sandy. Homeowners with major damages of more than $8,000 or more than one foot of water on the first floor are prioritized over homeowners with less than major damage or no damage. If the number of applications received exceeds the available funding, then an electronic random ordering of prioritized applications will be used to select applicants to move forward in the review process.

  • The calculation of HMGP Elevation assistance takes into consideration the cost of elevation and other funding the homeowner has received for elevation from other sources such as insurance, FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and non-profit organizations;
  • All elevation projects must be deemed cost effective by FEMA and must comply with all environmental and historic preservation laws and requirements;
  • Federal regulations disqualify homeowners who have already begun or completed elevation work from receiving HMGP Elevation assistance however, work to repair the home or in furtherance of making the structure “elevatable” does not disqualify;
  • Homeowners who accept HMGP Elevation Program assistance can use any elevation contractor registered in New Jersey that is qualified to do the work;

·       Once all necessary documents are received and the home elevation is completed, the homeowner will be reimbursed for all eligible expenses.

Christie Administration To Host Mobile CDBG Information Center Monday In Highlands, NJ

Monday June 17th, the Christie Administration will host a Mobile CDBG center in Highlands NJ at PTAK Towers to discuss these latest recovery programs and assist local homeowners and businesses in their recovery and rebuilding efforts. Representatives from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to meet with affected residents and answer questions related to the housing and business assistance programs available through the federal CDBG grants. Homeowners and business owners interested in attending can expedite the process by bringing relevant documentation related to the issue they are facing.


The “reNew Jersey Stronger” Housing Initiative was launched May 24, 2013 to encourage and assist homeowners to reconstruct and resettle in their primary residences and the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program will be launched in July to help local businesses recover and expand within storm-impacted communities.

WHEN:             2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


WHERE:           PTAK Towers

                         215 Shore Drive

                         Highlands, NJ

 PRESS:            OPEN


Members of the media interested in covering this event or looking for additional information for a story about the upcoming Mobile CDBG Center should contact Kara Walker at kara.walker@gov.state.nj.us or (609) 777-2600.

Highlands Businesses maybe eligible for up to $50k

Governor Chris Christie has tasked the NJEDA to administer $460 million of funds to support the recovery of storm-impacted businesses. Of this total, $260 million will fund the Stronger NJ Business Grant program.

Under the Stronger NJ Business Grant program, Highlands small businesses and non-profits may apply forgrants and forgivable loans of up to $50,000 per impacted location. If an entity has multiple locations in NJ incorporated under a single federal tax identification or employer identification (EIN) number, it may use one application to seek funds for all incorporated, impacted locations, and may receive up to $50,000 per impacted location, and caps out at $250,000.
Instructions for the Grant CLICK HERE



Where’s the Money?

Hope For Highlands

According to Asbury Park Press, Hope For Highlands has raised $400,000 and distributed $150,000 to residents in $1000 to $10,000 grants.

Consequently, the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group has raised 1.8 million but distributed $0. However, this is the same group doing the unmet needs assessments at PTAK towers next week.

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

Grants Available to Raise your house

According to APP.com Gov. Chris Christie said the government will give you grants to help you fund some of the repairs and house lifting. “We’ll give you a grant to elevate your home. Even if your home hasn’t been damaged, we’ll give you a grant for a substantial amount of the cost to do that elevation,” Christie told a packed house at a Lavallette firehouse on Tuesday. “It doesn’t mean we won’t continue to push FEMA for relief from the flood maps, but if you wait 18 to 24 months to rebuild, no one will come back to the Jersey Shore.”

The application process has not been set up yet, but will be advertised when it’s finalized, officials said. Its anticipated that it will be available end of March or early April.

So they plan to help you in the future with a process they haven’t figured out yet for an amount not yet determined. (Insert Sarcasm Here)