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End The Tourism Commission, Fire Spark Marketing

Stop making things worse.


  1. Guest wrote:

    Doherty again attempts to confuse people with his economic impact to small business nonsense. Most people are NOT complaining about families, of which there are plenty, who already support the local businesses. It’s the young and rowdy “kids” who cause the problems. And what do they support, a few lousy pizza joints? Stop the smokescreen talk.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I’m complaining about the families. It gets too crowded period.
    Also, advertising attracts everybody, not just families, and on top of that not all families are nice families. Plenty of crummy families come to Belmar too.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Just look at the curbs on every street, north, south, east and west, emptied food containers, wrappers, bottles, cans and, of course, dirty diapers often ripped apart by animals. Get the real pictures out everyone, it’s anonymous not on your mayor’s tally sheet.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  4. Hmmm? wrote:

    Just watched a guy open a pack of cigarettes and throw plastic wrap out the window. I asked what’s up with that? He gave me the “bird”. Nice

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  5. Maria wrote:

    When is the tourist group going to report their financial report. They have been requested for a report for many years. The belmar businesses should know where their monies are going

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
  6. Guest wrote:

    Please investigate tourism and Sparks Marketing.
    Did you know Belmar residents pay for a 7 day marketing junket, trip to QUEBEC to market Belmar Tourism.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
  7. Concerned wrote:

    I purchased my home on 9th about 17 years ago, where the ‘D Mark’ (demarcation line) was loosely drawn (in my opinion – Quality of Life Issues) surrounding Animal Houses vs year-round residences. Under the leadership of Mayor Pringle that D Mark slowly drew itself further south over the years (10th to 11th and maybe 12th) as Mayor Pringle slammed the landlords of these homes and put into place the “Animal House” ordinances. More and more year-round residences/families came to town to purchase some of these problematic dwellings (throwing out the ‘animals’) and increased the quality of life and property values in the neighborhoods south of 9th. If this trend had continued today and under the Pringle administration – I would like to imagine that most if not all the animal house clientele would ultimately have been pushed south, into the lake – Lake Como, floundering as they seek another town to carry on. This is no longer the case under the current administration, as it appears that the D Mark between civility and mayhem is slowly creeping its way back north again.

    It is not that the Animal House ordinance is not being enforced, it is more so a combination of Chef’s International having ownership now of three net new establishments; 9th Avenue Pier, Anchor Tavern and Marina Grill. In addition, we have Beach Haus Brewery. The common theme is that of these net new four establishments – only one; Anchor Tavern (aka Pat’s Tavern, Connolly Station) was selling booze in this vicinity. (Note that there was a Captain Kerns on Main Street that had a license years ago and they were subsequently shut down). This new D Mark now starts at 10th and runs north to 8th.
    Over the last couple of years, I have experienced a lot here on 9th and what does not even compare to the horrendous experiences that my year-round friends/neighbors south of me experience.

    8:00am: I walk out to my front porch to see flip flops, a pair of jeans and a tee shirt neatly piled. I rifle though the jeans and find a wallet. I Google the kid – nothing. An hour goes by and I call the cops. They take the stuff I found. I said to the cop, let me know how this may end. I was concerned that the kid maybe floating in Silver Lake or other – dead.

    9:00am: My neighbor is walking his dog. I tell the story. He says, ‘Say no more’. He found a guy in his underwear on his living room couch sleeping and really hammered @ 1:00am that morning. My neighbor could not wake him up – slammed. He called the cops. He did not want to file charges. The kid was taken to the drunk tank.

    1:00pm: BPD rolls by to finally connect the dots with me to the sleepy kid story.

    Excuse: Shift change and whomever at the desk did not tell the new cop shift what was going on the night before. (Keystone Cops for sure)

    In the end, the cop said that his mother bailed him out for $x and he was thankful that his $43 was still in his wallet.

    There are many more stories like that here on 9th over the last few recent years. They continue to grow.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    I just saw an article on about the best things to do in each shore town –
    and for Belmar it is Beach Haus Brewery

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    #7 – You are correct that the problems are moving north and correct that the south-end of town suffers greatly from the morons this mayor and administration encourage to visit.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm | Permalink
  10. Guest wrote:

    #8 – Yeah, more beer and booze! No wonder the mayor is now being called the Beer Czar.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  11. Weiser wrote:

    Beer Biz Czar

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  12. Hmmm? wrote:

    All he knows is BEER and how to keep getting some

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Dry humping at the club can only mean he’s a piggy drunk.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Whether a shore business makes 1 million or 10 million profit in a season the property taxes due the town still get paid in the same amount. I don’t understand why the Town fathers would forsake the year round residents quality of life by jamming as many people as possible into this small town. Most are good folks but the greater number of good people means the greater number of not so good people also. I know we will never be a Spring Lake or Sea Girt type of town but I don’t want to become a Keansburg or Seaside either.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    Even too many nice people coming creates problems for the locals.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink
  16. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #14 – I don’t understand why the Town fathers would forsake the year round residents quality
    It’s because they’re inexperienced people. Of Matt and the two bookends, all they ever wanted in life was a soft touch. The nice lady has little to no idea of what’s going on around her. That’s who we’ve got leading us.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  17. Guest wrote:

    #14 Cash political contributions, liquor and votes, makes the world go round.
    Vote them out 1 by 1.
    Good to see the quality of life issues are now in every ward of Belmar.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    #14 you are right . Again,why when a town gets it right with anything can’t we emulate it to be better.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    #6: The Quebec Excursion was a paid vacation to drum up people who already go to Avon By the Sea, not Fort Lauderdale North, Belmar.

    Just wink, wink when you see the mayor’s posse.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  20. Belmartian wrote:

    So the inspections are done by former Jersey City cop and long time D’Jais barfly? No conflict there.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  21. Not Entitled wrote:

    Fulop and Jersey City Council ordered by Superior Court to pay Realty Appraisal millions.

    Sounds familiar because they’re acting out of the same play book script.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

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