The intentions were good, but the execution has caused a little trouble: town officials in Highlands, New Jersey, are at a bit of a loss about how to manage a heavy concrete structure erected on the beach to commemorate the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. The problem? Well, for one thing, nobody ever took out a permit to build the monument. CBS New York (Channel 2) has a report (see: "Highlands Wants New, Half-Million-Dollar Superstorm Sandy Monument Removed").
"The behemoth monument by the beach, dedicated to survivors of Superstorm Sandy, is a gift from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, a nonprofit trade organization, to the borough of Highlands," CBS reported. "But the borough is now demanding it be removed, a little more than three months after it was built." The project was built without the necessary authorization from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Now, the town has written the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, which built the monument at no cost to , a letter saying "the Borough demands that Tilt-Up immediately and unconditionally remove the structure.” YouTube news channel "Chasing News" offers discussion and a closer look (below).
"The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says they first became aware of the monument in October — after construction was finished — through multiple anonymous tips," reported the Asbury Park Press (see: "UPDATE: "Shorehenge" monument is illegal," by Russ Zimmer). Taking the structure down or moving it won't be a piece of cake, the Press notes: The canopy alone weighs more than 346,000 pounds. "Lifting it a dozen feet in the air and placing it on the four wall panels was an unprecedented feat of engineering, according to contractors who worked on the project," the paper reported.
Reaction among local townsfolk has been mixed. But if nothing else, the structure has created a conversation. "Designed by
(See also: "'Shorehenge': Is Sandy monument a tribute or eyesore?" by Russ Zimmer.)