HIGHLANDS - A controversial concrete monument dedicated to Superstorm Sandy survivors has turned out to be illegal.

The large, concrete structure built by the beach in Highlands was mockingly dubbed “Shorehenge” due to its resemblance of England’s Stonehenge. The structure was built in October 2015.

Now, Highlands officials say that it was built without obtaining permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Since the monument was built on the beach, a Coastal Area Facility Review Act permit should have been obtained.

The permit to keep the monument would cost the town more than $3,000. 

Officials have chosen to have it torn down instead.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously stated the structure was 2,100 feet tall.