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Council Meeting Of August 1, 2017


  1. Belle wrote:

    After watching the Mayor answer questions from the residents about Merri-Makers hoarding the Saturday dates, I realize he is Not a true Belmarian! Let Merri-Makers buy or rent there our building to have their weddings in. He doesn’t seemed concerned about any of this! Why?

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    #1 – The mayor is protecting the snow job in the residents. Who in their right mind would think that some commercial venture can just monopolize our pavilion by blocking out dozens of dates? There also may be a violation of the public bidding process under all of this.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    Great how the mayor states that the 10th Avenue building has been open for weeks and then looks to the business administrator for affirmation of his statement and they both give some bewildered look about the question. Then when asked about the concession the mayor states that they paid all of their rent and they are choosing not to open. I smell the next lawsuit all at the hands of this administration.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:35 am | Permalink
  4. SEASHELL wrote:

    In this video, we heard the mayor comment “silly lawsuits” while he was defending his decision on Merri-makers. These lawsuits have absolutely nothing to do with Merri-makers or Taylor Pavilion. They are not in any way political. Since he has been mayor, there has been an abundance of “frivolous” lawsuits filed against the Borough. Each one he has identified as being “frivolous” or “political”. Sometimes the only recourse people have is a lawsuit. He brought this on. We will see how frivolous and silly the SALT lawsuit really is.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  5. Misinformation? wrote:

    I loved the dance when questioned about the plans for the new Taylor vs the promises made to the residents in order to get their vote. Her persistence at the mike resulted in the mayor’s spin without honesty. The king has no clothes.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  6. An Obsservation wrote:

    There will be a hearing in Sept on the Defendants request to dismiss the Salt Federal suit. If the request is denied, its curtains for the Mayor and his stooges!

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink
  7. GUEST wrote:

    I heard that the concession at 10th Ave wasn’t open because they couldn’t get a C.O. Is it possible that they are relatives of someone the mayor doesn’t like?

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  8. Guest wrote:

    Per the mayor, the Taylor Pavilion was to be used for “events” for all of the organizations he listed during the YES/NO vote, and not for the regular use by those groups for their meetings? The mayor also stated that the space was never designed for meetings? Are we all just this dumb? I’ll have another one of what he’s drinking!

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    Mark Walsifer stepped up to the plate to question the whopping $83,000 in Gibbons legal fee payment and then just stood there, just to be struck out on three pitches.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  10. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #8 If I weren’t so far away, I would have read the portion of the August 2013 Mayor’s Letter at the meeting last night. It specifically states ” The reconstructed Taylor Pavilion will serve as their home”. To say now that the space was never designed for such meetings, when there are many example on video where the mayor and council talk about the new space being able to be “portioned” enabling several groups to use the new pavilion at the same time.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Looks like Walsifer is scared of the Mayor or is just plain lost. These people seem to think people don’t take notice. Trust me, they do. Vote all of them out because they bring absolutely nothing to the table.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Move on people. You were sold a bill of goods by an unsophisticated Administrationwhen you voted YES.

    The tenant, I’m sure, had at the very least a marketing and 5 year plan in their toolbox before they bid. Business is business and the ADMINISTRATION is still in a cabbage patch to all who govern aND those rubes who voted for this ad ministrations and it’s incompetence.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  13. Guest wrote:

    #8 & #10 – The mayor sure did do a bad acting job last night when he was trying to explain that the Taylor Pavilion is now no good as a meeting space.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
  14. Katrina wrote:

    At least Walsifer asked a good question. The answer by Connolly is that “about 50% of Gibbons’ bill related to the Harmons will be covered by insurance “. Think people. Who do you think covers the other 50%??

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    And only 50% of SOME of the bills. Not all the bills.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  16. legion wrote:

    As I recall, Mr. Walsifer asked if there was a cap on the fees and that was not answered directly, just deflected. (The fees are not so bad because we get about half refunded?)

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
  17. OLD MAN wrote:

    Insurance premiums will go up and cost Belmar taxpayers plenty. If you add all their together it doesn’t equal one brain.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:19 pm | Permalink
  18. Guest wrote:

    14, 15, 16 – The entire cost of legal fees in Belmar are a disgrace and all at the fault of the Business Administrator, Mayor, and every single Councilperson who votes yes on the payment of these bills.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink
  19. Summer Timer wrote:

    In spite of all the mismanagement by Belmar politicians, the residential development is truly amazing…. Over the past 10 years numerous old homes were replaced by new homes.. Furthermore, many homes have been totally remodeled…. Just something to be thankful about….

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
  20. OLD MAN wrote:

    #10 Tell me what the Mayor and council did to move that along. Also much of the renovations are compliments of the American taxpayer. (Sandy Money)

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  21. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    Dear friends in Belmar:
    Please start using the official record to call out the mayor on his broken promises regarding the use of the Taylor Pavilion.

    Go to this blog, past meetings. Good o to August 7 Part 2. Go to 26:45 seconds till 28;54 seconds. Print out Page 2 of the official minutes of 8/7/13 Mayor & Council Meeting lines 15 to 19. ” 92.6 % of Taylor’s use prior to Sandy was for Belmar residents and Belmar groups” We will expand the use “it will be designed to have three different Belmar groups to use the 1st floor at the same time- increasing even more the use by Belmar residents.”

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
  22. Venerable Bede wrote:

    I was present for the testimony by Belmar BA Colleen Connolly in Judge Gummer’s court regarding the Mayor’s statements and promises regarding “Buy A Board”. Belmar lost the lawsuit because of Matt’s initial statements ( and those written by Connolly).
    Same here. We have Connolly and Matt August 2013 on Taylor and why it matters and who will benefit vs what they say and do now. May I remind you all that related to the same lawsuit, beach goers must derive some, a percentage of the benefit of the new Taylor.

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
  23. Belle wrote:

    Doherty should be hooked up to a lie detector at town meetings so we can know when he’s telling the truth. Or if he’s even capable of it!

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink
  24. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Regarding the street light “problem” (let’s just call it an issue) on Main Street, Mr. Campbell said that the JCP&L poles are too close to Belmar’s lights, when in fact, it is the other way around, the Belmar lights are too close to JCP&L poles. Same difference except the language could imply a mistake of some sort and raises a question about who fixes what. Someone is working on it… I may be wrong or missed something, but a “problem” was not acknowledged once the question was raised by a resident. Let’s have some street light on some parts of Main Street soon, what with the wandering tipsy ones and such. No lawsuits, please.

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
  25. Belle wrote:

    I copied and pasted this from Merri-Makers website

    Our Location

    Merri-Makers Caterers
    97 Sunfield Avenue, Suite C
    Edison, NJ 08837
    Phone:+1 (732) 225-0009


    Wedding Catering & Receptions
    Social Events
    Corporate Events
    Golf Outings

    Ashford Estate
    Bonnet Island Estate
    Neshanic Valley Golf Course
    The Taylor Pavilion
    About Off Premise Catering

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  26. Maria wrote:

    Never was drinking allowed by anyone at Taylor’s or the boardwalk or the beach or street etc, what has happened?

    Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  27. Guest wrote:

    #26 – What has happened is that the Mayor has turned the town into Drunkville. For some reason this guy is obsessed with the expansion of alcohol consumption in Belmar.

    Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    How is the Fifth ave concession allowed to have “wait staff” on the beach (without beach passes) walking up to beach goers handing out menus and taking orders?

    Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
  29. Hmm? wrote:

    Take a walk past the 10th Ave “Emergency Station”. One plastic chair facing the Ocean. I would not call this building OPEN.

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  30. admin wrote:

    Is anyone in the lookout tower?

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink
  31. Guest wrote:

    Overall, Tuesday night was the Mayors worst acting performance to date.

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  32. admin wrote:

    I heard that there was actually one person in town who was dumb enough to believe all that.

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  33. A Voter 2 wrote:

    32 Admin Only one? What happened to Matt’s dumb and dumber supporters?

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  34. admin wrote:

    They already believe everything is great with Taylor

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    There is nothing in the first aid and the police station. The lifeguards are sitting inside on folding chairs. And no one is in the lookout tower.

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    Is the building air conditioned? Does it have hot and cold running water, bathrooms, exam areas or sick bays?

    Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
  37. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    the allowable occupancy of the 10th Ave tower is only 3 (M&F)

    Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
  38. Run wrote:

    This would be a great resource, if anyone can type minuets from the video tape.Maybe a retired senior who can type fast can do it?

    This is how the locals in Lavallette keep track of their town meeting.

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:07 am | Permalink
  39. Anonymous wrote:

    Audiovisual conversion is available, try to OPRA.

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink
  40. Lisa wrote:

    In my opinion Belmar is against many things that make Belmar a great beach town. I recently went to Jersey Shore BBQ and was told no beer or wine at outside table, another stupid ordinance the town has passed that BYOB restaurants can’t let people have alcohol at the outside tables. The folks that dine at these establishments are typically families, no one is causing a ruckus.its summer and people love to dine outside, what gives?Believe me the minusou they discuss at these meetings when there are real issues are ridiculous. I am one of the 9 homeowners who went to 8 council meetings to defend my turf, really the Mayor and Councilman should spend time on bigger issues. I walk by everyday houses with dirt lawns, overgrown or just weeds or rocks but that’s okay with them! Now getting on tents, most are set up not blocking Ocean view and it’s usually a family enjoying the day. The tents are safer than umbrellas on a windy day. C’mon Belmar stop driving out residents, tourists and businesses with your stupid ordinances!

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  41. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    The Mayor and council do handle bigger things behind closed doors, out of your knowledge. The BS discussed at the council meeting is pre-scripted nonsense to quell the natives (residents).

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

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