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Sources tell me that CAFRA has told Belmar that it may NOT sink any pilings for the new Taylor Pavilion until it has been confirmed that the building will sit on the EXACT SAME FOOTPRINT as the original Taylor.  The site for the new building is reportedly 28 feet east of where it’s supposed to be, and if this is true, it would be intruding on valuable coastal property and in violation of CAFRA rules.

The pilings that were driven Wednesday with great fanfare and ceremony and the ones driven yesterday are only for the access ramp.

Will keep you posted……




  1. A Voter 2 wrote:

    Carfra smarfa it does not matter what laws or rules are This is the Belmar Mayor and Council showing who is boss!They will not stop until they are in handcuffs!

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  2. Love the Beach wrote:

    If this is so, job well done by Governing Body, Ms. Administrator, and Ms./Mr. Engineers. Always something running amuck with this group.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  3. Say what wrote:

    They will do what they want and nobody will do anything. Just like every other time

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:12 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Hold on, if the planned pavilion was going up in the wrong spot then wouldn’t the pilings driven in for the access ramp be going in without the proper permits ?

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  5. Crazy wrote:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if half the people on here that are talking shit are the half that went to Mad Matt’s 500 dollar a plate event a few days ago.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  6. Resident wrote:

    Just so we are clear the entire pavilion has been moved 23 feet easterly toward the ocean without ANY environmental impact study.

    We have lost precious dry sand beach a natural resource that is rapidly disappearing in New Jersey. We lost the opportunity to speak our opinions for review regarding a CAFRA permit.

    Sadly this town is being run by those politicians with authority to play games, give and take favors, and prioritize self serving interests.

    Thanks for nothing Matt Doherty if this is how you govern Belmar you do not care or consider residents only your personal agenda. We just needed a modest replacement pavilion not this overpriced taj mahal. Unions workers confirmed they are started at 7am and will work until 3pm. Welcome to Belmar

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  7. admin wrote:

    28 feet (if my information is correct)

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  8. Crazy wrote:

    Can I ask a question. Why did Claire sign the piling. How important is she. And another thing that is odd is the Mayor visiting Kelly williams in the hospital after she had a baby. I cant see him doing that for everyone. Its crazy how all of the scammers stick together. This town is going to implode.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  9. Resident wrote:

    Admin – incorrect 23 feet per engineer reviewing site plans. Of course with Belmar probably the plans were revised the day before yesterday and of course no resident can access the current plans.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  10. The 19 wrote:

    Wait you mean to say Matt didn’t dot his I or cross is T ? Shocker Oh well D”jais will be open soon and he can go hide in the basement with his %$#*^%$(.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  11. elemental wrote:

    A legitimate survey should be done, and not by the borough engineer or any other complicit parties. The word of Colleen and Matt is worthless. Another lawsuit coming?

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  12. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    Maybe Matt was pacing off from low tide instead of high tide when he told them where to put the first piling, he does know it all by the way. Pffff. What’s another 50k correction for Epic to tack on at the end, you knew they were coming. And Hey, it’s all Free anyway.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  13. Claire Deicke wrote:

    8-VERY important!!

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  14. Belmar Dude wrote:


    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  15. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Of course,#14…another psychiatrist in training…so many of the commenters wish to offer a psychiatric take on me… Check out other posts/comments…I’m glad that I can provide intellectual stimulation for readers…I am who I am…it’s fun being me!!

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  16. Resident wrote:

    You will hear the pavilion was moved 23 feet easterly to comply with ADA ramps necessary to meet flood elevations. This is not quite accurate but you will hear it.

    The ADA compliant access could have been achieved with a redesign or alternate location. The law requires an attempt to solve the issue without taking dry sand beach. There was never an alternative plan considered.

    Keep in mind that the reason we need extra ramping is because we rushed to build the boardwalk so it is 5 feet below flood elevation.

    Also the height of the building is over 29 feet from the boardwalk.
    Specifically constructed to easily add a second floor.

    This is your town Belmar residents should contact the DEP hotline 1-877-WARNDEP and make a formal complaint. I am not a lawyer but I read the law, the pavilion requires a new CAfRA permit.

    This is a another political decision that hurts Belmar.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  17. Ed Lippincott wrote:

    I believe that anyone with a sharpie were allowed to sign the piling so there’s that. Claire has served Belmar for years as a teacher as well as Boro council so even if you disagree with her she’s more qualified to sign a piling than most of the anonymous bomb throwing trolls on this blog (whether you agree with them or not). Boom!

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  18. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Thanks Ed…it’s true…all in attendance at the ground breaking for the pavilion were invited to sign the piling …I posted that I am important to have fun with my detractors… And they fell for the ploy… But thanks for your recognition of my community involvement/ teaching .

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
  19. Planet BelmarB wrote:

    #16.So after 4 years, Paul Calabresse being involved with Birdsall and continuing with Maser. With the plans hanging around, the old plans and footprint filed, it is another example of Colleen Connolly saying to “her professionals”, If I want to know what you think, I will tell you.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Permalink
  20. Really wrote:

    “I posted that I am important to have fun with my detractors… And they fell for the ploy…”

    Really?? you post an insane amount of time because you are Narcissistic..

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  21. Resident wrote:

    #17 You do not need to call those that disagree trolls. You then become one.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:14 pm | Permalink
  22. Claire Deicke wrote:

    20-Important AND Narcissistic…perfect together!

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:08 am | Permalink
  23. Claire Deicke wrote:

    20-If I’m narcissistic, what do you you call someone ( like yourself) who posts with the title “Really?” Now I am going to psychoanalyze you.. I think you suffer from an inferiority complex…no confidence..if I spend an “insane” amount of time posting, you spend an “insane” amount of time reading my thoughts….

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  24. OLD MAN wrote:

    #17 #18 Just make the excuse. “The day the earth stood still”. Instead of rotating …..That is why you missed the mark.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  25. A Voter 2 wrote:

    # 20 Who else would write ridiculous comments and try to defend an inept, incompetent, Mayor and Council.She is correct she is important to the Mayor and Council,99.999% of the readers of this blog know otherwise.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:10 am | Permalink
  26. admin wrote:

    Everybody is important

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  27. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    Whoa! Guys, guys…why bash Claire? What’s the point? Offer information…disagree…great! But this isn’t helping your cause. (Do you have a cause?)

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  28. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #20-This message is for you.. I know I am narcissistic… actually I’m happy about that…but let’s take a look at you…a person who is fearful of using his/her own name…and hides behind the title “Really “… How would such a person be categorized? How about a coward….? A person who safely stays under the cloak of anonymity to hurl insults….a person who I probably know…talk about insanity…if I post an insane number of times…you read my words an insane number of seek a comfort zone of anonymity..and I use my actual name…you use the childish practice of remaining faceless and I know who I am..I also think you post using different titles…think about that..reflect on who should be hurling insults…

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  29. Crazy wrote:

    # 18 Yes everyone was invited to sign. But you were invited with the council to which you are not a member. Also not everybody got their picture taken and had it put on the mayors facebook.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
  30. Say what wrote:

    #28 You can use your real name because you are kissing the mayors butt and will not be punished where other people that go against the mayor will be subject to harassment. I know first hand

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  31. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #30 Well said and who cares who signs the poles do you really want to be associated with that bunch ??? I didn’t think so. Just ignore the rah rah mayor messages and let them all hang themselves with lawsuits and Capra.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  32. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #31-What/who is Cafra? #20-I plead guilty to all of your observations! #28-I was asked to sign because I AM important..#25…I think you’re a little charged up… Calm down…Thank You Dave … Everyone is important including me! Thank you Aileen for your support! Has anyone noticed ? I’m gaining support on this blog! Thank you all, including Dave … The administrator… Posting on this blog is actually fun for me …love it …#30….poor you…

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  33. 19 wrote:

    Aileen must like her morning wine. Lol how’s the outflow pipe looking

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  34. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #31 Cafra its at the top of this heading

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
  35. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Actually #31 posted Capra… Reference to the old-time Hollywood director … Frank Capra?

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    I agree…no need to bash Claire Deicke. Whether you agree with her or not. Here’s the question though…”Where the hell is the shovel ready project called OUTFALL PIPE ?!!!”
    All the BS about pavilions is just a ribbon cutting opportunity for the mayor. Big deal. Claire, since you’re privy to DEP permits and plans…and Matt. Maybe, just maybe, you can take a sec and ask him what’s up and report back. Trust me, when their houses flood out, nobody around the lake is gonna give a s#%t about a damn overpriced building on the boardwalk.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  37. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #36-I am not privy to information that you mentioned… But will attempt to find out about the outfall pipe and report back… Claire

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  38. HMM? wrote:

    #37 ..will attempt to find out about outfall (sic) pipe?”… As a concerned citizen of Belmar and a previous member of council are you not keeping abreast of issues in Belmar that of of great it’s residents? This issue has been going on since Sandy???

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  39. Betty wrote:

    Thank you, Claire. It’s really disheartening that we are celebrating a structure while our homes around Lake Como are at risk. As a mother, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the fact that I never want to explain to my children that their things are gone. Matt does not care about “the needs of the residents” or this would be the first celebration.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  40. Anonymous wrote:

    Campaign rhetoric was all you got from Belmar Mayor Doherty about the Wall Township watershed known as Lake Como. No progress, what difference does it make?

    You don’t play ball and you won’t get relief. Thanks Fitz

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  41. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #38-Of course I know about the outfall pipe…I am merely attempting to address the concerns put out to me by #36..for the latest info about the pipe… Why are you being so confrontational, #36? Are you not happy that I’m getting support on this blog? Or, are you just by nature an unhappy person? all those question marks for someone else..Betty…,as soon as I have anything to report I’ll post it…

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  42. Say what wrote:

    #41 You will not come back on this blog with any information about the outflow pipe because there is none. The money was rolled into the rest of the grants and is either gone or in the process of being spent. What makes you different than anybody else that wants to know information about the pipe. Can you just go to the Mayor and say ‘the people on common sense want to know whats going on with the out flow pipe’. And he gives you the answer.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Permalink
  43. belmarguy wrote:

    42, she wont because she is more worried about her friendship with political figures then the people who are the tax payers.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  44. Venerable Bede wrote:

    #27. Aileen, while I cannot defend the negative banter that gets personal, I have come to understand that it takes two to tango. A certain former councilwoman enjoys bringing it on. So be it. Historically, the practice of bringing “information” to each comment is a sensible idea,it has not worked with this former councilwoman. The proof is on the pages here. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and believing it will have different results.
    There is, however the intent by some to change the subject and to do so quite deliberately. Again the proof is on the pages here. Regarding your unusually snide comment about “their Cause, if they have one”, When after so many years, a sizable minority or at times a majority ( Aug. 19, 2014 )of residents feel that there is no equity, there is most often push back, hostility and civility goes out the window.
    For years now, in a classic system of nepotism and cronyism, the political party in power has picked winners and losers. Good people unfairly have gotten hurt. I have lived here only 10 years and my list runneth over.

    In Belmar, they have reached a tipping point. No flowery speeches, campaign rhetoric, promises… will solve the problem. The only way the majority of residents can “move forward” is to assure the reestablishment of frank dialog and the insistence on EQUITY.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Permalink
  45. elemental wrote:

    #44 AND change the form of government, eliminating the “strong mayor” and setting up something similar to what Avon has.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
  46. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #42 and 43-All this because I offered to get information about the outfall pipe..#… You are so right! I only consort with people in politics … I don’t have any friends outside of politics… I don’t care about anyone else, and never served , or out reached to anyone when I was councilwoman … I started Belmar Cares-an organization to help breast cancer survivors so I could stay close to politicians… I bring dinners to the church so that I can impress the politicians.. I started with skin-cancer screenings at the beach because the screenings were limited to politicians…I have no friends outside of the political arena…correct Venerable Bede..for your pompous outpourings from the heart… You’re so right… You. Know me so I well…I never deliver on anything I set out to do… Won’t follow through on bringing info about the pipe… Never have I received tons of letters thanking me for serving them when I was councilwoman…never do I assist people who can’t help themselves even now … You are so right, Venerable Bede… Bring it on! Thanks for your many compliments…

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  47. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Venerable Bede-Insanity runs in my family…we don’t have anyone as normal as you so as to use Venerable Bede as a title (he was accused of heresy at one point)… We’re crazy enough to use our actual names… I’m so glad you are normal and are able to offer opinions about people you know so little about after residing here for just 10 years… What a gift! And you are so quick to pick up on the fact that “the councilwoman in question ” LOVES to have fun on this blog and post crazy things for fun…how good of you to pick up on that! .. That 90% of what the Venerable councilwoman posts is for fun … How clever of you to grasp her motives…you are a very smart person … Living here for 10 years and come to such intelligent conclusions.. Not like the councilwoman in question who has lived here for 50 years… And has no sense or feelings for the community.. My admiration for you is growing by the second..

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  48. Say what wrote:

    You say way to much and do not impress anyone with the way you write. Alls I am saying is you are way to close to the Mayor and council and you act like you are not. For you to say you know people and can get info about the outflow pipe proves that. As good as yoi are doesn’t mean you are not sneaky. Nobody is friends with Mayor Matt that isn’t sneaky in one way or another. Everyone is out for themselves

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
  49. Claire Deicke wrote:

    # 48 Yes… I’m the biggest sneak around town…..and am so disappointed that you aren’t impressed with the way I write… If fact, I’ve been crying since I read your post. And you are so right … I’ve been out for myself for a very long time…whatever I undertake… I think.. How can this help me? I’m interested in your writing style.. And how it might not reflect your true self…..probably know you…

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:55 am | Permalink
  50. Say what wrote:

    With all that was said you still keep the focus on you and not the Mayor. Almost everything that was sais was because you and the Mayor are too close and you act like you still are on the council. Its funny how you seem to have a gift of avoiding those questions. Do you have the power to go to the mayor and ask him about the outflow pipe and get answers that nobody else can get.

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink
  51. OLD MAN wrote:

    And the answer to the outflow pipe is ?????
    When when when

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  52. Claire Deicke wrote:

    50-You are so right…I mention the Mayor constantly …anyone can ask a question about the outfall pipe at a public meeting..a person on this blog asked if I knew about the outfall pipe…I merely said I would try to answer the have an incorrect take on the situation….can’t believe you can’t/won’t understand this….yes…people still reach out to me for help as if I was still on the council…and I continue to do so…am waiting for a response about the pipe…only asked a short while ago…

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  53. Bartender wrote:

    Too bad web blogs are not bars. There is one who comments who is way over the limit. 14 out of 52 and not one intelligent comment on topic. I am going to search for less noise.

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
  54. watchman wrote:

    I have not heard the piledriver today. Perhaps there is a “hold” on further construction effort. Permit, permit, my kingdom for a permit.

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  55. Belmar Independent wrote:

    #45. Many are ready for this. However, even under our Mayor-strong, Mayor as Councilman form of government, the council’s responsibility is to oversee and if needed investigate the administration. Balance of power exists, Choose wisely grasshopper this November. Will Josh and Mark continue Bean’s Rule or choose power and politics over the people? Only time will tell.

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  56. watchman wrote:

    According to my understanding of the article in the April 7th Coast Star regarding the launch of the Taylor Pavilion construction, the Borough is ignoring the Gummer decision with the assumption that they will win a future appeal. The start of construction now seems premature to me. What if they lose the appeal and construction is well under way, and I do not mean the wooden piles already driven by the boardwalk. What is the rush to build about? Gain sympathy about having to remove piles and wasting money they do not and will not have? (Sorry, taxpayers, we have no choice but to increase your taxes if you want that pavilion.) Of course the apparent necessity of a CAFRA permit makes things worse. But, hey, Doherty got his strategic photo op and bragging rights.

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
  57. Claire Deicke wrote:

    53-I comment when I am mentioned or referenced on this blog …so you see it’s a matter of popularity…so why shouldn’t I address concerns surrounding me/questions posed to me. Why should I disappoint my fans? My comments may seem unintelligent to you, but that doesn’t matter to me….I’m having fun, fun, fun! It’s also interesting that you know who I am, but I don’t know who to you are, Bartender… What’s wrong with this picture? No doubt you’ve posted with other fake names…thank you, Dave Schneck for allowing to respond to questions/concerns/insults on your blog. Don’t wish to disappoint you, Bartender…you’ll be able to continue to keep score on my responses…how come you’re not commenting about dishonest people ? Oh…I just’re one of those phonies who “fears” using your real name…

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
  58. Say what wrote:

    Super star claire deicke. Please do not keep your fans waiting. So whats up with the outflow pipe. And once again only people that are in the loop with the Mayor and Council can use their real name. Others will be punished. I bet if you knew most of our names you would absolutely bring this back to the mayor. Yours Truly. Yous biggest fan lol

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  59. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Please give some respect to this blog’s Rodney Dangerfield.

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
  60. Say what wrote:

    Maybe we should have a outflow pipe by summer campaign

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
  61. Maria wrote:

    Maybe a signed petition would work??

    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
  62. Love the Beach wrote:

    Status of pavilion. Status of overflow pipe.
    Status of anything. Simple questions. Should have immediate response of a status. This body knows. Appears that they don’t want residents to know. If Ms. Claire asked someone at the Borough a question, an immediate reply should have been given. They know what is going on. Doesn’t take days for them to figure it out.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:23 am | Permalink
  63. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #39-Betty-This post is especially for you… a mother and grandmother, I certainly understand your concerns . To answer questions about when the outflow pipe will be installed, a letter is going out from the borough administrator to residents who are impacted with flooding issues at the south end of town. Here is the information I received: many agencies are involved with the installation of the pipe, and they aren’t always quick to respond to finalizing details. We wanted the pipe installed yesterday-they don’t realize our urgency. Environmental concerns have to be addressed, and permits must be put in place. As a former councilwoman, these types of situations, much to my chagrin when I was on the council, take an inordinate amount of time. Apparently state and federal agencies are on overload with sorting through issues impacting various communities. Frustration was what I experienced when things didn’t move along as quickly as I had wanted. Betty, I hope my comments allay some of your concerns. Look for the letter from the borough office; perhaps more of your questions/concerns will be addressed. If I learn more on the topic, I’ll address you personally on this blog.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  64. Say what wrote:

    #63. That is a crock. That sounded like a well thought of answer from a former council member. You say that we have to wait for permits. The mayor doesnt wait for permits for anything else. What i believe is the outflow pipe money isnt there anymore and the mayor and council are trying to figure out how to come up with the money.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  65. callmecynical wrote:

    #64 My opinion – what is “between the lines” is that there are too many rules to follow because federal money is involved and there are most likely no pals within those other agencies to facilitate matters and the usual favored contractor(s) cannot be used. Therefore the mayor cannot find a way to make money in the pipe deal. Nothing to slow down progress like following rules. The Borough did not get the money yet, as it is a reimbursement matter. So spend first, get reimbursed later. Spend what…

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  66. admin wrote:

    We bonded for it 9 months ago.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  67. Say what wrote:

    Thanks admin. Basically put the damn pipe in. I think that the mayor feels that he looks better by pushing the pavilions along than by pushing the outflow pipe along. Which in turn shows that he is not concerned with the people on the south end. With all of the illegal stuff that goes on in Belmar it would have been smarter for the mayor to do the outflow pipe first because by the time the pipe was done the start of the pavilions would have been started and everybody would have already forgotten about the pipe.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  68. Belmar Independent wrote:

    Someone please show Betty how to do an OPRA request.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  69. callmecynical wrote:

    Nothing like credit, I guess. Till the bills must be paid. Take me out to the stallgame…tis the season.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  70. Anonymous wrote:

    Dredger says dredging required. Poor swans are walking on the sediment most of their lives. They are dragging their flippers in the 1/2 inch water and they are now evolving into growing swan feet.

    Outflow by Summer sounds right to many of us. Oops, if there is no fixing of the lake now, could it be that the high season is upon us?

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
  71. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    # 44 I totally agree. I just want to fight the good fight and not give reason for them to politicize any out of line comments on this blog. I’m happy to keep questioning and pushing. I gave council people ear-fulls when they tied the Outfall pipe to the pavilion bond, and I personally questioned council people about the pavilions and Community Disaster Loan. They were unaware about the CDL and they never got back to me about its status. Ridic!

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  72. HMM? wrote:

    Did the call from Claire prompt the letter to residents?

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  73. callmecynical wrote:

    Oh, a letter is just damage control, after all, there is an election this Fall. Expect the usual propaganda.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm | Permalink
  74. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #64 & 65-I’m only helping out here……I was asked by Betty and others on the blog to find out about the outfall pipe-which is what I did…..I followed through on the request-…..#64.. “sounds like an answer from a former councilmember?”….what’s the implication here ? That I’m not being truthful?….Now I’m being castigated..When have you both-#64 & 65-had to wade through bureaucratic minutiae?…much back and forth with agencies…I know….I’ve lived it as a councilmember….and took my husband and I 2 and1/2 years to get answers from the state regarding affairs pertaining to my mother-in-law…many letters, phone calls, e-mails to finally get the answers we needed…#65.”read between the lines?” You ARE cynical… What do you know about such matters? What do any of the non-believers know about this type of situation? Amazing negativity. Betty-I hope what is stated in the letter being sent to south-end residents will answer your concerns….For others who commented:..Oh ye of little faith….what horrible accusations, #64 and #65….reaping the benefits of anonymity ….spewing ugly remarks because you can…I can understand why you’re fearful about using your given names…you should be with the accusations you both posted…

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm | Permalink
  75. callmecynical wrote:

    An opinion is not an accusation. This is a place for opinions. I have mine and others have theirs. The truth is certainly not apparent. The people cannot be duped all the time. That is an opinion which smacks of truth. I was a bureaucrat and know how things work in the real world. I enjoy my cynicism, leaves me a clear head without delusion.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  76. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #75 – The people cannot be duped all the time
    You just have to dupe enough of them.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
  77. Anonymous wrote:

    Groundbreaking on outfall pipe will probably commence sometime in mid October. Remember people… there is an election in November and Matt needs a photo op.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm | Permalink
  78. callmecynical wrote:

    Justified suspicion is not negativity. Fortunately I am not the only one who can read between the lines and is not naive and buys the party line.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm | Permalink
  79. Business solutions wrote:

    How can anyone in this day and age say there is red tape gumming up the works in government? Probably only those who’ve never been in business in the real world. Pity Donald is busy right now otherwise we could get him to fix Lake Como and the watershed problems Pronto.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
  80. Tulip wrote:

    #55 In defense of a statement you made in reference to Jim Bean’s rule. If you went to meetings or knew what was going on in town you would know Jim had no rule. He sat there for 3 yrs was never given an acknowledgement of any kind. He had no reports to give because he was not included in the towns business. I could go on and on but won’t because you do not know what you are writing about. When you have some facts write if not watch what you are saying because you do not know what you are talking about. No truth in your rant.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
  81. Belmar Independent wrote:

    #80. Tulip:
    I went to almost every meeting post Sandy. Not a rant.” Bean’s Rule” and you can watch the videos of meetings was used when most often expenditures were made prior to a council vote and Jim Bean would consequently not vote. The fact that Jim was not given other “town business” is another subject. I was only referring to and acknowledging Jim for not playing charades at the expense of the residents.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  82. Bean's Rule wrote:

    #80> Tulip please go to the June 4, 2014 meeting- Bill’s Paid Vote Portion-40 minutes into meeting for example. He does know what he is talking about. Do you?

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:46 am | Permalink
  83. Betty wrote:

    Thank you, Claire for looking into this and prompting the letter. The families of the South End have been ignored by Mayor and Council because we pushed for our lake to be fixed as a priority over the pavilions. Since we “disappointed” them, my fear is that the money will be spent and it will never be remediated. I’m grateful that you, as a fellow lifelong resident, understand what this town used to be about.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  84. The 19 wrote:

    Wake up Belmar has no money , why do you think this money grab with Lake Como PD is happening ? The town will be paying the lions share of the pavilions when it is all said and done. Even if Matt’s pipe dream of an appeal goes through at best he will get a larger % say it goes from 4% to 15% is that really going to make a difference ? The time to pay the piper is coming it not going away. The town is going to over runs already due to the fact that they cant read a survey or know what a footprint is.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  85. Shaking My Head wrote:

    #81 if only you knew how much Jim Bean DID CARE. The treatment he received as a councilman was not acceptable in more ways than one!

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:41 am | Permalink
  86. An Observation wrote:

    Someone made the comment more money is needed by the Libertarians and Republicans in a campaign. That would unfortunately not work due to the fact that around 1000 residents are Left leaning, Progressive, Loyal Democrats and don’t care about ethics as they are non judgmental except about others that do not see things their way.They don’t mind paying more in taxes. I would not be surprised if Matt has a shrine in his house honoring Bill De Blasio.They make all their decisions on ideology not common sense, and probably don’t understand why they keep loosing lawsuits.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  87. Planet Belmar wrote:

    #85. Talk about not reading, not comprehending. My post and follow up were a tribute to former councilman Bean. I for one want to be on the record going forward ( especially since Tom Burke trashed him recently on this very topic) that as someone who voted for Jim Bean, he did the right thing. If you watch the video of the meeting I highlighted and others, he would not vote just to vote. If he had no time to study it he abstained. Hence Bean’s Rule. If he disagreed with an expenditure , but the borough paid it before a vote, he abstained. Hence Bean’s Rule. If he had to OPRA it, he did, he he then had to investigate it, he did. If he had to vote against it, he did. I HOPE I AM CLEAR ON THIS. already

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  88. Shaking My Head wrote:

    #87 I must of misread and for that I apologize. Jim Bean cared more than anyone ever will for the town of Belmar!

    Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  89. Tulip wrote:

    My Mia culpa to all who think my comments were anti Bean not true I was always pro Bean. He took a beating at those meetings as a lot of the locals did. Maybe I didn’t make myself clear.
    I voted for and supported Jim and have nothing further to add.

    Friday, April 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

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