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Dam Lies

Please “tap into” this story about the delayed Lake Como project:


“We’ve gone through lots of hoops for a large, very important project that comes with 13 different agency approvals,” Belmar Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly said. “We have now cleared all hurdles but one, and we’re hoping to get that approval shortly, and then we can go out to bid.”

That final approval is in the hands of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control, after it was learned the Ocean Avenue outfall is classified as a dam. As the result, the project was required to comply with all dam regulations, including the need to install concrete cradles to secure the gravity-fed pipe. However, this $100,000 new expenditure fell out of the project’s scope and necessitated further approvals in order to be added to the existing bond.

*Italics added.

They just now learned that Lake Como is a dam?  I don’t think so.  In an October 2014 information packet the Borough listed NJDEP Dam Safety as the first among five permits they would need and said that one would only take six months.



And in a letter sent out days before election day when he was running for re-election, Mayor Doherty also listed NJDEP Dam Safety first among a few permits that would be needed.

Now two and a half years later we learn that there are actually thirteen agency approvals needed and that they had forgotten it was a dam so they have to spend $100,000 more than they anticipated and wait for a permit that they didn’t know they had to apply for.



  1. OLD MAN wrote:

    Uh Maybe they just forgot? Yea…………….

    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    There should be a declaratory judgment entered into i. order to show the world what pieces of excrement they who are running the Borough of Belmar or Lake Como really are and have been all along.

    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Watch, wait for it, they are going to use the “Depends on what the meaning of IS is” defense.

    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  4. MM wrote:

    They will wait till the fall and use this to gain votes in the 4th district, as the ones who finally got this long awaited project off the ground…please vote for us!

    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    They’re going to give Tom Brennan all the credit.

    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  6. OLD MAN wrote:

    Yea I can see the signs now. TOM TOM TOM TOM TOM I’m sick now. Bye

    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  7. elemental wrote:

    Brennan can try to have the installation of biodegradable pipe. Ya know, for the environment.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Follow the California trail

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
  9. elemental wrote:

    #4 and #5 unless there is a hurricane which floods the south end before the Fall election.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    No one on the SEA will believe any spin story about just finding out that “the Ocean being a dam” whopper. Hoodwink me once has played it’s verse too many times. Drain that swamp at 601 Main.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

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