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Monthly Archives: May 2014


Belmar Council meeting of July 21, 2010 From the minutes Council member Doherty (who was running for mayor at the time) suggested giving free seasonal beach badges to the volunteer Fire Department and First Aid members. He stated Manasquan currently has an ordinance for it. Council member Wright asked if there were any legal concerns. […]

Council Meeting Of May 20, 2014

Doherty vs Doherty

In case you didn’t see it, Sunday’s Press featured a pair of dueling Dohertys.  We had Republican state Senator Michael Doherty hawking his proposal to dedicate a certain portion of locally collected state sales tax to pay for the beaches and our own Mayor Matt Doherty bashing the idea. Lets have a look at the […]

Ranger Owners Get It

Yesterday evening at the park and ride lot in Tinton Falls.  The blue one is mine.

He Was For It Before He Was Against It

From Doherty’s op-ed piece in today’s Press: “Eliminating beach fees sounds very attractive, and is politically popular, but upon examination, it proves to be unattainable. It dies, along with other politically popular ideas, because it runs into the adage that “nothing in life is free.” Someone always pays.” From a recent post on Belmar’s Facebook […]

It Didn’t Matter Anyway

From   …………On May 7, Superior Court Judge Lawrence Lawson agreed with the plaintiffs and ruled that Belmar’s designation was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable and must be found invalid.” However, Lawson determined that the borough did not violate the Public Trust Doctrine, under which beachfront communities are required to keep the beach and the […]

Resident Files Conflict Of Interest Charges Against Doherty Contributor

Belmar resident Vincent T. Ehmann Jr., an unaffiliated voter, filed an ethics complaint Tuesday with the NJ State Ethics Commission in Trenton against James (Jamie) Fox, a NJ lobbyist and campaign contributor to Matthew Doherty’s Assembly and mayoral campaigns. Ehmann alleges that Fox, a voting member of the Local Finance Board, failed to recuse himself on […]

Which Is Better?

If your house was under water, would you rather have your family sleep in your car for free or pay $200 for a hotel room that is normally $100? If you had an empty gas tank and had to get out of the path of a hurricane, would you pay $6.00 a gallon for a […]

Asbury Park Press World

In today’s editorial “Extend beach, boardwalk smoking ban to all towns” : Visitors to Belmar this summer will be able to enjoy the sun, sand and surf without choking on tobacco smoke. The Borough Council voted last week to snuff out smoking on the town’s entire beach and boardwalk. The new ordinance, complete with $25 […]

Raising The Bridge And Raising Some Hackles

But don’t worry, Bill Young will straighten things out. A reader sent me a link to this story that appeared in a couple of months ago: Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith concerned over Port Authority window replacement program Confusion and controversy have arisen after the Port Authority recently offered a window replacement program as part of […]