Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

March 31, 2016

Doherty Defends The Constitution!

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In today’s Coast Star:

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From the story:

Borough business administrator Colleen Connolly said she sent a letter to the committee of petitioners on Tuesday, advising them that their petition protesting the adoption of Ordinance 2016-01 is being returned on the advice of legal counsel, Ramon Rivera, Esq. of Scarinci Hollenbeck Attorneys at Law.

“The council did the right thing in changing the ordinance,” Mayor Matthew Doherty said. “Clearly, it violated the state constitution, it arguably violated the federal constitution, and it was not properly recorded with the Secretary of State. I think we dodged a bullet that no one ever sued us over the ordinance because they clearly would have won.”

Ms. Connolly and Mayor Doherty also said the original pay-to-play ordinance had never been recorded with the New Jersey Department of State, as required by the state.


Mr. Rivera’s review, a copy of which was provided to The Coast Star by Ms. Connolly, noted that it had been undertaken at her request. It specifically addressed Ordinance 4-19 titled “Restrictions on Campaign Contributions by Vendors to the Borough” and Chapter IX of the borough code titled “Conflicts of Interests.”

The new ordinance, approved by the council on Feb. 16, essentially weakened the pay-to-play ordinance by allowing for potential pass-through contributions from political action committees [PACs], eliminating the requirement that all candidates report contributions made to their campaign and removing restrictions on candidates voting for or discussing vendors who have contributed to their campaign.

However, Mr. Rivera wrote that the borough’s former pay-to-play ordinance had gone “beyond the scope of the municipality’s power,” citing its potential to restrict state campaign contributions, and its inclusion of conflict of interest penalties and restrictions conflicting with the state pay-to-play law, as well as “broad language” that could raise First Amendment free speech concerns.

Therefore, Ms. Connolly said, the borough is legally unable to grant the petitioners’ request that the old ordinance be reinstated while the new law is put to a public referendum.

Mr. Rivera’s review states that the language in the borough’s former conflict of interest ordinance “violates the state’s pay-to-play law as it may be read to restrict out of county and state-level contracting and contributions.” It cites Schroeder v. County of Atlantic, which concluded that a “state’s ability to contract with donors remains exclusively subject to the state pay-to-play statute.” Additionally, Mr. Rivera said, the former ordinance exceeded municipal authority by regulating elected officials according to ethical considerations and imposing penalties for infractions. While state statutes give a municipality the authority to determine duties required of its officers, a municipality cannot regulate ethical conduct, Mr. Rivera argued.

The ordinance’s definition of “entity” was also problematic, he wrote, because it did not align with the state’s definition of business entity or establish exceptions for labor unions within the definition of entity. Mr. Rivera recommended such language be revised.

I’ve already OPRAed Rivera’s report and will publish it as soon as I receive it.

Of course this move is going to be fought but it will probably buy Doherty the time he needs to take as much money as he wants, from whoever he wants, for his freeholder race.  (I wonder if he loses the case whether he can be made to return contributions that were not permitted under the old ordinance.)

Star subscribers can read the entire story here.

March 30, 2016

Still No CAFRA Permit For Marina/Maclearie

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Since the work on Chef’s marina building is under way, and the Maclearie Park re-do is set to commence soon, I assumed that the Borough had gotten the permitting all straightened out with DEP.  I decided to try again get a copy of it but was again told it doesn’t exist.

3-15-16 to 3-21-16


No permit?  How is that possible?

Thinking there might be something they are not telling me:opra

The response, edited down to just the texts of the emails:

3-15-16 908a

3-15-16 919n

3-15-16 920a

3-15-16 920a2

3-15-16 921n

3-29-16 308c

I understand the DEP did come to Belmar the other week.  I’ll let you know if I find out what happened.

March 29, 2016

Mayor Moving….

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But won’t need a moving van.

I heard a month or so ago that Mayor Doherty was moving to a bigger house a couple of doors down from his current house.  I didn’t write about it at the time because that was the only information that I had.

But this morning I ran across this:Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.42.34 AM

I think that’s probably the house.  Here is the Google directions from the mayor’s current address to his (presumed) new address:Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.09.57 AM

Nice dock in the back.



Nice view from the back deck too.

March 28, 2016

Democratic Disconnect

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On Facebook today, the Monmouth Republicans are talking about cutting their spending and cutting our taxes:REPS

Meanwhile the Monmouth Democrats are over there worrying about whether or not Shaun Golden likes Donald Trump:DEMS

There may be something out there that I actually care less about than what Shaun Golden thinks of Donald Trump but right now I can’t think of any.

There’s an amusing story about it in today’s More Monmouth Musings.

March 27, 2016

Common Sense For Bathrooms

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My Maclearie Park restroom bid.


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The bid:down-arrowScan


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Buy From Belmar Companies

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Last Week

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March 26, 2016

New Ad From The SID

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So the SID feels that Belmar doesn’t get crowded enough during the summer.  So it produces ads to encourage more people to visit. But the SID thinks that it’s too hard to find a place to park so the SID petitions the Council to start charging for parking.  But the reason why charging for parking will make it easier to find a parking spot is because many people won’t pay for parking and won’t come here if they have to pay to park. Wouldn’t it be easier to just stop encouraging tens of thousands of people to come here and then the people who live here won’t have to pay to park in their own town?

BTW, Chefs International’s miniature golf and their 9th Ave Pier, are both featured prominently in this ad.  Because it’s on borough-owned property it doesn’t pay a dime into the SID.  Neither do owners of any other properties that are under redevelopment agreements.

March 25, 2016

Like Them On Facebook

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More Bad Publicity

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Belmar to be setting

for horror movie!


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I think the Belmar PD is busy enough without having to police Lake Como.


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Hey, it looks like he had the same surgery I did.

And in related? news…..untitled

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