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The Last Debate In Belmar?

Let’s hope not!

The 2010 debate was organized by the Belmar Chamber of Commerce and held before a packed house.  There have been none since.


I think now would be a good time for Belmar to resume having candidates debate the issues in front of the public.  There certainly is plenty to talk about.


(Archived article republished with the very gracious permission of the Coast Star.)

Can The Rest Of Us

Meet them too?


Last Week

Booze Bill Assembly Vote Thursday

What I understand is that it will then be bounced back to the Senate for reconciliation and that the Senate will ahead with the same changes. Then it goes back to the Assembly to concur.  When it finally reaches Murphy’s desk, probably sometime between October and December, it will give the local governments control over what would be considered special events.  Going be interesting to see what the Council here will do when the applications come in.

County Action Triggers OPRA Lawsuit

You may recall last month I introduced you all to a fantastic new website called OPRAmachine.  I love it and I’m sure many of you love it but apparently Monmouth County doesn’t love it so much and is now refusing to comply with OPRA requests made through the site.  This happened because someone fulfilling an OPRA request made through the site messed up and included in the reply information that should have been redacted.

The solution is for them to train their people to be more careful when responding to OPRA requests.   The solution is not to violate our right to transparency in government. A public document is a public document and if the information is OPRAable the County has no business withholding it just because they don’t like who requested it or the fact that it will be automatically published the web.  Monmouth is going to lose this lawsuit and waste a lot of taxpayer money along the way.



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Dune More Harm Than Good

Mike is right.

Letter republished with the permission of the Coast Star.


Black Girls’ Group Offended By Belmar PD


Implausible Deniability


Council Meeting Of September 18, 2018


Robbin Kirk retiring in December.

Brian wants to hire a consultant to assist in the search for a new CFO.