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Church’s Gracious Act


Bishop’s mass will be held

at Maclearie Park



  1. Mayor who? wrote:

    Neither event was at fault, only the town was for scheduling them together. Real leadership would have fixed this before the two sides collided. They didn’t, and the Church was forced to save face and bow out when they did nothing wrong.

    It’s not the mistake that’s betraying, it’s realizing the mistake, ignoring it, and then forcing others to make a decision so it doesn’t reflect on the towns leadership.

    So low.

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  2. anon wrote:

    I note with great approval the decision by the Catholic community to move their event to accommodate the other event of long standing. I also note Franny Hines comment that this was totally avoidable and he would be right on.And I also note the views of DPW and Chief of BPD and am glad they did not need to be tested since i have my serious doubts. The only remaining question i have is will the people in charge of creating the problem face any consequence for the angst or blithely move on to the next foolish decision.

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 10:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Craig wrote:

    Look for next years budget to have a $2000.00 line item for council calendars

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:09 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    #2 are businesses on Ocean Avenue not permitted to operate on the same date a large event is scheduled to take place on the beach? Thousands visit Belmar every weekend and somehow find parking. It would have worked.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  5. Guest wrote:

    Cronie dopes all if them, elected and unelected dopes!

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  6. Holy Hypocrisy wrote:

    #4 The Catholic church is not a business on Ocean Avenue. Some years (perhaps even this one), the surf shop (an Ocean Ave business) runs a surf contest on the same weekend. It’s not a problem because the contest is held on the other side of town.
    If a Jewish or Muslim group decided to hold a large gathering at the gazebo on the same day as the Surfer’s Healing event, would you be ok with it? My guess is no

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 8:18 am | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    #6 my question was not specific to this event or the organization requesting it my question pertains to multiple events in ANY town. Could a wedding or family reunion be held at LaDolce Vita or the Pavilion and not require SHARED parking with this or any event at the beach? I say yes it could.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  8. Holy Hypocrisy wrote:

    I hear you but that’s apples and oranges comparison. We are talking about two very large events. Yes, there are multiple small events happening all the time in Belmar. It’s frustrating sometimes but this is different. A wedding (typically later in the day) at LaDolce or the Ocean Front Industrial Vinyl Barn (AKA the Taylor Pavilion)wouldn’t be nearly as large as a 500 person religious event at the gazebo. And according to Tap Into, the crowd is closer to 1000.
    My question to you was- would you be as ok with a very large event (500-1000 people) being scheduled on the same day, around the same time as the Surfer’s Healing event if it was Muslim, Jewish, Scientology, Black Lives Matter, etc. My guess is that you wouldn’t be so open to it.
    My point being, if you want to hold a very large event, REGARDLESS of it’s organizer, don’t do it on the same day and same place as one that already has that slot. Why make life difficult for both events? There are other days and other venues (as proven by the very fact that they moved the Bishop’s Mass). People change plans all the time based on what event is happening during any particular weekend in this town. It’s the price we pay for the place we live.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  9. ANONYMOUS wrote:

    #7, you fell for the trap. Its not about can they, its about should they. Can the St. Patty’s day parade take place at the same time as the seafood festive on Main St. Yes they can, but why would we want them to? It would be a mess.

    Poor planning on the part of the town.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    #6 #8 you continue to label me a bigot yet you don’t know me. Do you do that to everyone you have conversation with? That’s sad. I’d love to know the source of 1000 guesstimate. The new location will be wonderful. I wish the same for all those attending the Surfers Healing event. I thank all those that tried to work with both groups for best possible outcomes. Have a wonderful day.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
  11. Whatkindapredicament wrote:

    Does the defective employee who booked 4 technically dangerous, conflicting events at the same time, who actually initiated the promotion of the same date as Surfer”s Healing to the Church, unsolicited back in January, 2019, going to get a pass from the Mayor, Council or Acting BA?

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  12. Holy Apology wrote:

    #10 – Yes I did I guess. And no I don’t do that with everyone I talk to. I just assumed you were being hypocritical. Apologies. So you’re answer is- no, you wouldn’t mind if it was large event for Jewish, Muslim, BLM, or whatever. That’s good. Still, it was poor planning by the town. I agree that the river is a nice alternative. Have a great day too.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

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