Controversial monument to Sandy survivors slated for demolition still standing

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The controversial "Shorehenge" will not be torn down. Instead, another municipality will take it. (8/4/16)

HIGHLANDS - A controversial cement monument dedicated to Superstorm Sandy survivors is still standing, despite plans for it to be demolished.

The large cement structure, nicknamed “Shorehenge” due to its resemblance to England’s Stonehenge, has been a source of contention for residents in Highlands.

“It looks like a bunker, something you’d hide in. Not pretty,” says Highlands resident Patty Benedetti.

Other residents say that the structure blocks their view of the beach.

Many in town say that they were upset that the structure was built without any input from the community or the town. They say that it looks like a construction site.

"They had no permits.  They had nothing.  Didn't bring it to the community. Whether you live here permanently or not, they should have."

The Highlands Borough Council voted in favor of knocking down the monument two and a half months ago.  But now the town says that another municipality has said that it is willing to take the monument for its town.

The borough administrator says that the two towns are negotiating a deal. He says that relocating the monument at another town's expense could save taxpayers several thousand dollars in demolition costs.

The borough administrator would not say which town was going to take “Shorehenge,” but would only say that it was not located in Monmouth County.

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