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  1. Robert wrote:

    Just a question – since I honestly don’t know – but if the council couldn’t authorize the payment of billls, is there a risk of late fees / penalties / etc?

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I think a lot of bills get paid late anyway. BTW, half million for Epic in the bills list.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  3. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #1 Robert There is no risk if the creditors don’t get paid they just sue and get reimbursed for the legal fees. Did you ever see such an irresponsible group ???

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  4. callmecynical wrote:

    I still smell a set-up to show that the pay to play ordinance is too strict and business cannot be done without a quorum when the mayor cannot vote. If three or four council members were there and voted on all those items, business would have been done without the mayor’s vote. Sneaky politicians.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  5. callmecynical wrote:

    And…”DD” shows up at a meeting in which he knows he cannot vote? Seemingly in a good mood, at that.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  6. Cynical, I appreciate your assessment, but I believe that the Mayor/Council being forced to postpone doing Belmar business because Doherty essentially wasn’t qualified to objectively consider the Resolutions or Ordinance based on accepting currently “Belmar illegal” campaign contributions emphasizes the logic and necessity of retaining a strong pay-to-play Ordinance for the borough, and eliminating “undue influence” from interfering with ethical, resident/town-based decision making (not personal agenda).

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  7. belmarguy wrote:


    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  8. callmecynical wrote:

    #6 absolutely agree. I thought that was assumed in my “assessment”. Of course he is extremely biased and should not vote.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  9. callmecynical wrote:

    #7 Interesting indeed. Something is only wrong when the “other guys” do the same thing. Typical politician crap. Even many good ones go bad eventually.

    #6 I have a tendency to “bottom line” matters and leave out what I think others should know if they are following an issue.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  10. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Why can’t we all just get along? (Thanks, Rodney King) Sometimes we are divided by a common language. It is dangerous to presume to fill in someone else’s gaps. On the other hand, it is not terribly efficient to keep reinventing the wheel.

    Vote NO on September 27th!

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
  11. Belmar Dude wrote:

    If you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen. This is actually a PAID position not a Volunteer position. If you can’t do your job resign or don’t take a pay check for something you haven’t earned. Bunch of LOSERS all of them.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  12. Belmar Indepenent wrote:

    The only thing not being postponed is what Ms. Desanctis so aptly called that monstrosity of a marina restaurant. That , I believe is ahead of schedule. Speaking of schedules Lake Como folks. How is that outflow pipe doing. Make sure its progress continues and Vote: Magovern and Blackburn, in short follow your part-time neighbor Mark Fitzgerald over that ocean-view cliff.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  13. anonymous wrote:

    Let me suggest that with a lawsuit pending from Salt in which at least four of our local politcos may have personal liability, they may have been cautioned by personal counsel to refrain from doing anything on any liquor license matter. And it is simpler to not show up rather than recuse and explain.It’s one thing for politicos to spend your money carelessly but quite another to risk theirs. Let us hope that the cost of resolving the Salt issues will not fall heavily on the boro taxpayers but don’t count on it.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  14. Belmar Independent wrote:

    Dear Anonymous #Unlucky 13. I was born an optimist. Hope is a well-used word in my vocabulary. Now, a shift to the left-side of both of our brains. Take a calculator and total the amount paid by residents to defend, the un-defendable lawsuits caused by Matt, his cronies and poor counsel. Now review the unlikely outcome of your last sentence. I ask you based on empirical evidence how could it work out for us?

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
  15. A Voter 2 wrote:

    Hey Claire you told the reporter that it was wrong for Matt’s kids to see the protesters. How are you going to explain to his kids that being found guilty of violating civil rights by a Judge more than once is ok?????

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    The costs, we as taxpayers of Belmar, are big forced to pay as a direct result of incompetence on behalf of this administration is unconscionable. Lackadaisical, come day go day, God send Sundays attitudes have reached their limit. WAKE UP.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  17. madame.snark wrote:

    #15 He’ll just say everyone was lying and he was unjustly accused. All the protest and hullabaloo is frivolous. “In my opinion”, as I know he and his watchdog minion are watching.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  18. stuck wrote:

    I guess We are stuck with Matt till end of his mayoral term.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    He’s resigning in December just before we all get hit with our new tax assessment.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    #19. If that going to be our Christmas present?

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:40 pm | Permalink
  21. Feisty wrote:

    Is a recall petition underway?

    Friday, August 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

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