Residents Object to Developer’s Open Space Grab

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Residents of Atlantic Highlands were stunned to learn last week that the developer of a waterfront parcel on Sandy Hook Bay would no longer provide public access to the beach.

“This latest iteration of the Denholtz development scheme is an insult to the entire community ,” said Tara Shah, a resident of Atlantic Highlands. “Mr. Denholtz claims to be listening, but clearly he is not. We don’t want development on this last piece of waterfront, especially development that blocks public access and instead creates a private beach.”

Denholtz Associates presented a revised subdivision plan for the McConnell tract at a special meeting of the Atlantic Highlands planning board on November 27th. The plan includes 16 single family homes, a new road, a sewage pump station, and an armored shoreline revetment.

The development will displace the local youth sailing program and remove access to the Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club, a unique facility located on the neighboring bay beach.

“Denholtz is the Grinch who stole open space!” said one frustrated resident. “Atlantic Highlands deserves better.”

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