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“NO” wins easily at the polls, absentees go 2 to 1 for “YES”.

Same old story.

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Not bad for doing virtually no campaigning and not spending one cent.


  1. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Why do I feel like someone stole my credit card?

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
  2. Judy wrote:

    I just can’t believe how close the vote is. Maybe I’ll wake up in the morning and the no votes wins. There goes are taxes threw the roof. Wednesday meeting is going to be depressing.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Wannabe wrote:

    My new wife and I were looking to buy in Belmar. I grew up there and she lived nearby. Beside the ridiculous property prices in some areas of town, there is no way we can reasonably expect to afford living in a town where property taxes will most certainly increase given the current mayor’s reckless promises regarding payment of future bond debt and his failure to account for the current needs of the community ala Lake Como drainage and the Main Street area’s revitilization needs. I’ve been a member of this town’s emergency services for many years and am distraught to be so alienated because of the out of town (county) favoritism that occurs here. This town no longer belongs to Belmar. Nor has it since Matt has taken charge. I will not be back so long as this continues. Good luck.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
  4. Love the Beach wrote:

    So close. Definitely not a mandate just over 50%. Town is divided any way you would look at it. In my opinion, neither side could wave a flag of ultimate victory on this vote. Unless this governing body has an absolute plan that does not cost taxpayers one penny for the 5th avenue pavilion, along with all the other replacement buildings along our shoreline that they have been boasting about with shinny flyers, I would think that the residents who retained Mr. Pringle might be requesting him to sharpen his pencil for the next round. Will town body announce the detailed the plan tomorrow? They should, if not, it was just a bunch of blank words.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm | Permalink
  5. Maria wrote:

    What’s next??????

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Not bad? You came in 3rd out of three. I wouldn’t call that good. Actually, it’s exactly what you should expect when you donp;t campaign or spend any money. No big surprise. BTW, it doesn’t matter who wins at voting booths. Absentee ballots have the same weight. Stop making a distinction between the two. They ALL count. I’m sure you wouldn’t care if the vote went yes.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:37 pm | Permalink
  7. admin wrote:

    Time will tell

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm | Permalink
  8. Belmarguy wrote:

    Is there anyway some of these yes mail in votes can be challenged? Seems too close as if something fishy went down…

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:46 am | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    Even if they could we can’t tell how they voted

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  10. OLD MAN wrote:

    Buying aspirins in bulk now

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  11. An Observation wrote:

    Political party affiliation and loyalty is akin to religion. Whatever your Parents and Grandparents were that’s what you are. You don’t leave the church just because a murderer or thief is a member.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Dear number 6, while Dave did not win, it truly was not bad for spending no union or other money from donors who expect to be paid back. I would venture to guess that he has amassed more votes running as an independent than any other candidate ever has in the history of Belmar. It’s very difficult to overcome the left vs. right brainwashing and consider each issue on it’s own merit.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:47 am | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Far from exact but can anyone venture a guess what 4.1 million divided by the tax payers would be ?

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Amassing ever larger debt and touting the fact that you have not raised taxes is tantamount to running up your family’s credit card bill and bragging that you’re only making the minimum payment.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  15. Red Kook wrote:

    What a shame Djais and Mr Red Eye (Belmar Legend ) stuff the ballot box again. It was nice of the Matt to lend him his jeep for Red Kook to deliver the ballots. Hey Red Kook do all the real locals a favor and bring your old out of shape ass back to the OG . Kook

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  16. Heard Enough wrote:

    Unfortunately, sentimentality for the Taylor Pavilion won out over fiscal awareness. When Mayor Doherty does not run again after this term, will those who voted for the plan wonder what happened to their hard earned money or small social security checks once he is gone and not on the hook for the debt incurred? Only time will tell with this situation. Taxes will go up and we, as taxpayers, will have to pay something for the Taylor Pavilion. Anyone who believes otherwise…well I guess we will have to wait and see.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  17. Just Passing Through wrote:

    #10 old man I am googling to check lowest prices and I need Maalox too.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  18. Katrina wrote:

    Under Judge Gummer’s ruling, even with the 5.4 million in FEMA money the Mayor now claims we have, less than 1.9 Million of that amount can be used to offset the taxpayers’ 4.5 Million share of building the 2 pavilions.
    That’s the ruling, the law. Its final. Done deal. Even though our fine Mayor intentionally left that out of all his mailings and flyers and letters.
    Kinda funny I think Ive been in the 5th ave pavilion about 5 times in all the years I’ve lived here. I’d of preferred a couple nice gazebos down here in the middle south. Would have been a lot less on the pocketbook too

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink
  19. admin wrote:

    He told us no taxpayer money would be used and we need to hold him to that promise.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  20. Cathi wrote:

    “Now that the voters have spoken, we call on Ken Pringle to drop his lawsuits — dating back to 2013 — against the town rebuilding the Taylor Pavilion,” Doherty said. “He should respect the democratic process and stop slowing down our recovery.”

    Just to clear up any misinformation, the Belmar Pavilion Referendum did pass.

    — Matt Doherty (@belmarmayormatt) November 4, 2015

    Wait a minute. Isn’t that what the NO Referendum last year should have done?

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  21. Say what wrote:

    I must have forgotten. But who is paying for the rebuild of the fishermans den

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  22. Belmar Independent wrote:

    #16. It was not senti MENTAL ity but mental is the correct assumption.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  23. A Democrat wrote:

    Why I always vote for Democrats

    My taxes are over $9,000 whats a few $$$$$$ more.

    I enjoy watching incompetent,shifty,untrustworthy, unethical people make fools of themselves.

    They have the best parties and best looking women.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
  24. the Truth wrote:

    20. Maybe Matt should follow the law.Oh and by the way the only Lawsuit still on going is Matts appeal I’m willing to guess Matt lose again and build anyway cost Belmar $$$$.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm | Permalink
  25. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    From the plans …. the proposed 5th Ave Pavilion could have occupancy of 463 people …. if couples travel together …. the local car parking burden would increase 231 spaces.
    More perfect storms.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

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