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Nick Fuccilli, owner of La Dolce Vita,


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is selling a seasonal liquor license to Barry DePeppe, presumably for use at Riverwalk:



I guess if Fuccilli is selling his seasonal license he must have gotten a year round license for La Dolce Vita.  I hadn’t heard about that.

About DePeppe though……

I know I’ve talked about this before but I’m going to keep talking about it until somebody does something about it.  It is about what DePeppe’s new building has done to the intersection of 5th and Main.  Here is a motorist’s view of it before the (tax abated) redevelopment:


You could tell if the drawbridge was open from way back here, plenty of time to know if you could turn right at the intersection or have to turn left because needed to go to the Route 35 bridge instead.

Now you have to wait until you are here:


Even the driver of that white car can’t tell if the bridge is open or not.  You can’t tell until you’re in the position of that SUV, which is already in the intersection.  You could sit at Strollos all day and watch drivers suddenly turning left from the right lane.  (I don’t recommend it though because you’ll get fat from all the ice cream.)

DePeppe was at a meeting recently and I approached him and asked if he could, in the interest public safety, install a sign somewhere on 5th Ave that would indicate if the bridge was open or not.  He basically told me it wasn’t his problem.

Belmar let him make millions selling these units with a great view of the drawbridge that motorists no longer have.


And now it’s going to let him run a bar there too.  But nobody is going to take responsibility for the menace to public safety that is being created there.

Please…before somebody gets hurt.  Show me a sign.



  1. South Side wrote:

    That Riverwalk building is an eyesore.
    It’s not just the Bridge traffic problem.
    Before, travelling North on Main Street, that beautiful view of the river with Avon on the other side would open up. Gone forever.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 8:34 am | Permalink
  2. watchman wrote:

    Station a crossing guard or traffic cop at 5th and Main.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink
  3. South Side wrote:

    And BTW, the time to worry about the effects of construction near our beautiful Marina and Shark River is past.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Huge turn around holes in macadam at Strolls across the street. Very dangerous with all the children and the backup traffic.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink
  5. Benny Beachgoer wrote:

    If this transfer (a) happens and (b) happens sooner than 2019….wouldnt that just be more proof of how thw town worked over SALT and that transfer?

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  6. Katrina wrote:

    I heard that the restaurant space holds 300. Maybe that’s only rumor. Anyone else hear that? Hello? Parking parking parking!!! Every meeting there is talk about parking. All talk, no action.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Deals for 1 meal a year at Djais, all you can eat for your vote.

    Parking, snarling and smarting withe the sling and arrows mean nothing. We are just peeons, no pun intended. Money talks and that’s the walk in belmar. What a joke.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  8. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    #1 & #3 …. Yep! …. gone are precious Belmar unobstructed scenic views and vistas …. the marina, Shark River, and soon …. the Atlantic Ocean.
    The money-grabbing regime won’t be happy until Belmartians feel they live in a canyon. What happened to the nice low-profile seaport village?

    Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Seaport village is what the majority of Belmar wants and desperately needs. Why be subjected to inner city development now. Closed in is unhealthy, duh.

    Monday, October 10, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink
  10. elemental wrote:

    #9 Right, but how can this majority stop Matt with his runaway redevelopment (over-development) plans? Duh…start with voting for the two Republican council candidates for some balance. The NO vote win was a start.

    Monday, October 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    What gets me crazy is the fact that many of the 290 some odd YES voters who lost in the P2P election either grew up in this quaint, seashore where people actally shopped on main street for clothing, shoes, Appliances, repairs, etc in this borough (too small to be called a town) or as with many summer renters realizing what a great place Belmar was to raise a family and/or retire from big city environments, quaint Belmar, beautiful sea was the place to live.
    Nowadays it looks like big city changes are a comin’ whether we like it or not. The only alternative you have is to vote for Mark and Josh, who believe in hometown rule.

    Monday, October 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  12. Better Belmar! wrote:

    Friends, we need to get out the vote for the 2 R candidates! Much like the “No Vote” we need to send Matt and the Council a message. Change is needed. Get your yard signs and encourage your neighbors to vote to Change the Council and defeat Matt!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Where do you get signs?

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:34 am | Permalink
  14. Concerned Parent wrote:

    My 9 year old daughter almost got hit riding her bike off the bridge from Avon into Belmar on the east side of the bridge. Truck on 5th at the corner couldn’t see her coming and she couldn’t see the truck because he was back behind the stop line. She had the green light and was about to cross, when he started to pull forward to turn right on red. Fortunately – she stopped the bike in time and he heard her scream.

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    One problem is people don’t look to the right when they are turning right because they don’t expect anyone to be coming from that direction. That’s why bikes should always go the same direction as vehicular traffic.

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
  16. MM wrote:

    Where did the year round license for Lo Dolce Vita come from?

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
  17. Concerned Parent wrote:

    Pedestrians cross at that point too, and they’d be coming from the same spot. I’ve watched plenty of pedestrians have to jump back up on the curb at that corner and others in Belmar from people not looking to the right before they go right on red.

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  18. If anyone would like our yard signs or other information, go to our website –

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  19. Park wrote:

    So the bars in south Belmar are closing in residential areas while our corrupt Belmar mayor Doherty is opening them year round in residential areas in the north end of Belmar. Wake up residents We need to stop this from happening. We deserve better. Vote them out.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    What a joke. After getting rid of Montego & its Cocaine” infestation of the North End the dwellers dropped the South End like a hot potato. Who’s sorry now? Just wait until LaDolce Vita’s is marketed. Coupons in the mail and online isn’t a good sign. Rescue: year round liquor license, NOT.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  21. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Let me put in my two cents on walking or riding a bike (not that I’m a bike rider but it has many of the same difficulties of walking). If a motorist seems to be looking directly at you but doesn’t give any indication he or she sees you, don’t proceed as if they see/saw you ( a nod or a wave, etc.). This may save your life.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  22. HMM? wrote:

    So Ollie was concerned about SALT posing a threat to his business. Will he come out to speak against this biz on the opposite side?

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm | Permalink
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    SUCKERS: Year round liquor license; big time in Belmar.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

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