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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 Highlandsnj.com 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.



Guest Blogger Carolyn Broullon: NJ Future Wants to Hear from You

NJ Future logoNJ Future has teamed up with a research scientist from Carnegie Mellon University to support Highlands in our effort to develop a long-term resiliency plan.  One part of this support involves reaching out to and engaging with the public to talk about flooding risk and plausible solutions. To that end, they developed a short survey to understand how best to talk about these issues with community members.

Please help our community in its plan for recovery and resiliency:
This 10-15 minute survey will ask about your beliefs on flooding and flooding risk.  Your answers will help Highlands and NJ Future make plans for long-term community resiliency.  In a few months, you will receive a summary of the answers given by the community.

Here is the link to the survey:


Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Gazelle Research Post Sandy Highlands Survey Results are in: Neighbors Ruled

Gazelle Global ResearchThe Highlands Survey Results are in!!

The objective of the survey: To better understand what Highlands Residents thoughts were post Sandy on our Borough’s processes for:

  •  information flow
  • flood mitigation [borough and homeowner]
  • completion/timing/costs of flood, zoning and construction permits
  • code enforcement, schedule of fees for non-compliance
  • next steps to make Highlands more attractive to current and new residents and businesses

Who was surveyed:  Highlands Residents 18 years old and older were eligible however only residents between 24 – 65+ participated. 41% were 25 – 44,  44% were 45 – 65, and 15% were over 65 years old.

Results of what Highlands Residents thought:

Single biggest Highlands issue:  Flooding (81%) – shocker

Biggest Short Term Goal thought needed to be Addressed: “Help Highlands Residents raise their properties” (68%), in contrary, the one improvement that was significantly deemed “should not be considered”  was “Raise the entire borough” (59%).

Highlands has “Satisfaction

Most Highlanders reported they were most satisfied withTheir Neighbors helping them when they were in need(87%), also props were given to Borough for the clean up immediately after the storm.(82%)

What Highlanders were LEAST satisfied with: “Information flow from borough officials and borough employees to residents &  the Borough website ease of use and quality of information”

Top 3 News Sources for Highlands Happenings & Information Post Sandy:

Word of Mouth
Highlands Blog (yay me)

What Highlanders thought the two most important things the Borough of Highlands could do to help residents:

Better Leadership
Better Communication


Highlands residents have a strong need for information and leadership in regard to how to move forward and what exactly their game plan should be since Sandy. They are looking to Borough officials and employees to guide them in this process.

For the complete survey Highlands Study – Final Report

By the way did you sign the petition yet?

Guest Blogger: Carolyn Broullon

There seems to be a bit of confusion around town regarding the Highlands Post Sandy Survey and my motives for conducting it, so I’ve asked the HighlandsBlog to post this note for me.

Here is some background on me and the survey:

  • HighlandsBlog is not my blog; I found it while web surfing in January of this year
  • I bought my house in Highlands in 2002 and have been a full-time resident since 2003
  • I work full-time in NYC, and yes, I take the boat (Seastreak)
  • The purpose of the survey is detailed below

After speaking with many neighbors in the months following Sandy, I felt a need for all Highlands residents to give voice to issues, concerns and future ideas for the town after the storm in a formal manner.  I asked my firm [Gazelle Global Research Services, LLC] to support me in surveying our town’s residents.  They have agreed to donate resources and man-hours, gratis.  As I, personally, have designed the study and will analyze results, I am abstaining from participation.  Market Research has been my profession since 1992 and I want to volunteer my services in a concrete way that will benefit both residents and our local government.

The research objectives are geared to better understand what the citizens of the Borough of Highlands can do to help local government in terms of process for:

Information flow, Flood mitigation. Completion/timing of permits, Grant and SBA loan information, Code enforcement and Next steps to make Highlands more attractive to new residents and businesses, and to improve quality of life post-Sandy for current residents

This survey is not sponsored by the Borough of Highlands nor any other local, state or federal agency, government or political party. Responses are completely confidential and will be used for research purposes only.  A summary of findings will be shared after the survey is completed and analyzed.  In no way will anyone be identified or contacted because of their answers to this survey.  Responses will be analyzed in total only.  The questionnaire takes 10-15 minutes.

I’m planning on presenting detailed findings to the council as well as possibly FEMA and local news/media outlets such as the Asbury Park Press.  The news exposure will be good for town, and we all know we need that urgently.  This study could be a great beginning for further research.  I would be happy to continue to volunteer my time and expertise to aid the town in better understanding the views of all residents.  All Highlands residents are encouraged to participate in the research study.

Sign up at: highlandsnjsurvey@gmail.com

Survey will open to your comments until July 21st, 2013.

*Only Highlands residents [seasonal or full-time] 18+ are eligible to take the survey

Thanks for your participation,

Carolyn [12 Miller St]

Residents of Highlands – Your opinion counts!

As a member of our community, your opinions regarding your experiences after Super Storm Sandy are important.   Please send your email address to sign up to participate in the Highlands Post Sandy Study which is being conducted by Gazelle Global Research Services LLC, a private market research firm.


Must have lived in the borough of highlands when Sandy happened
Must be 18 years of age or older

Focus:   To get Highlands Residents Opinions on

·         Information flow from town to residents

·         Flood mitigation

·         Completion/timing of permits

·         Grant and SBA loan information

·         Code enforcement

The survey will be ready TODAY and you will be sent an invitation to the email address you register with. The survey will not be able to be forwarded or filled out unless you sign up first.

This survey is not sponsored by the Borough of Highlands nor any other local, state or federal agency, government or political party. Your responses are completely confidential and will be used for research purposes only.  A summary of findings will be shared after the survey is completed and analyzed.  The questionnaire should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time.

Sign up at: highlandsnjsurvey@gmail.com

Please share with your friends and family that are from Highlands.