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I Guess I’m Supposed To Be Happy About This

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I guess I’m supposed to be happy that on nice weekends the parkers drive down my street at a rate of about one car every 10 seconds.  I can’t even get out of my driveway onto the road with my bicycle.

I guess I’m supposed to be happy that they leave my street full of litter when they finally go home.

I guess I’m supposed to be happy that when I get to the beach, if I want to be anywhere near the water I have to sit 3 feet away from somebody’s screaming, sand-kicking kids.

You know that if the town were to be more careful with the beach utility’s money, and if the beach utility didn’t have many millions of dollars of debt…with another $2 million added just this month…It wouldn’t have to encourage so many people to come here and buy badges and I wouldn’t have to be so happy all the time.


  1. vox populi wrote:

    bear in mind the market put these ₩₩₩₩₩s in office, not the residents.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    The Tourism Dept is ruining Belmar for homeowners. We need to stop the madness. Belmar is not Point Pleasant or Seaside Heights.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Interesting comment by the mayor. I’m trying to understand what the beach has to do with the taxpayers.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  4. OLD MAN wrote:

    # 2 Excuse me but we are now just like point Pleasant and Seaside Heights. This is not the nice quiet place to go on the week end. It is the loud place to leave on the week end.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  5. elemental wrote:

    And all those people flocked to Belmar to visit the pavilions.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm | Permalink
  6. OLD MAN wrote:

    #3 If he borrows more than the beachfront can sustain then I guess taxpayers are on the hook……………..Taking two more aspirins and need my sleep. Good night

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  7. Katrina wrote:

    Being a resident in the lower middle of our fine town, I’M happy that some of the love is being spread uptown. I mean really, we down here have the honor and pleasure of entertaining the vast majority of guests who DONT leave at the end of a beach day. Who love our town SO much they enjoy the atmosphere 24 hours a day!!!!!

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 6:35 am | Permalink
  8. admin wrote:

    Hehe. Yeah at least up here they leave at night.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  9. Cathi wrote:

    What’s the net? Ok to mention sales but it’s not net.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:06 am | Permalink
  10. admin wrote:

    The net, after all expenses including the bond payments should be zero. But the less they spend the less they need to raise. I would like to see a much smaller beach budget without the need to raise so much revenue.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:38 am | Permalink
  11. vox populi wrote:

    Does the beach utility cover the costs of traffic safety on Ocean Avenue crosswalks? Jay walking, loading zone parking are accidents waiting to happen. What about the county roads dept? Do they fund policing for ocean Avenue? at least Avon is addressing the extraordinary problem at council meetings.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:49 am | Permalink
  12. admin wrote:

    Legally, the utility can only pay for policing the beachfront while the beach is open.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  13. Belmar Resident wrote:

    The beach utility fund is a “flat fund” meaning what comes in must go out. There may be a little reserve for emergencies or anticipated future beach costs but that’s it. There can be no significant profit in the BUF. While it’s nice to hear how much money is made it is also irrelevant for taxpayers because we just cannot use those funds for anything we want or need. This concept escapes the mayor as indicated by his statement mentioned by #3. Very tired of the mayor latching onto this fund as if it is his private bank account.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  14. Belmar Senior wrote:

    Off to Clearwater Beach!!!, For the second year in a row, thanks to Spirit Air and $46. RT Fare… I will finally get to the beach in September. Free Parking, no crowds, fine white sand and yes, I can light up and smoke without being fined. Oh, I almost forgot, the best grouper sandwiches.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9:53 am | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    I’d love a grouper sandwich.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  16. Belmar Senior wrote:

    Win the seat on the Council and I will fly you down for as many as you can eat.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  17. Hello wrote:

    Belmar is a bit rowdy now. too many bars, too much trash around on Monday mornings and too much noise late at night as bars let out.

    If this a good environment to raise children? Not really.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  18. schneck stinks wrote:

    My screaming, sand kicking kid has just as much right to go to the Beach as you do! You act like you are entitled to have a the beach to yourself. Poor you! do you complain that the water is cold too? or that the sand is not to your liking? Your like the person who buys a house next to the highway and complains about the noise from cars. People beside yourself want to go the beach, just deal with it. you complain about such dumb things sometimes

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  19. admin wrote:

    It was not like this when I moved here. And they are bragging how it’s getting busier and busier.

    Of course I shouldn’t even respond to you because you’re obviously a mean person.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  20. elemental wrote:

    If rude and uncontrollable kids can ruin someone’s day at the beach, then a smoker should be able to enjoy his ciggie. Not intending to start a kid versus smoker sidebar, but I’m just saying there is free and there is free. There should be no special dispensation for kids or any other class of person, to intrude upon others. Mutual respect is important, not a war of “my blanket is bigger than your blanket” or some such nonsense. Just sayin’. And I will add the “in my opinion” bit. Ok, I am angry now.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
  21. vox populi wrote:

    Like father like son is how the saying goes. Obnoxious, rude parents raise obnoxious, rude children who will probably never amount to anything in life because “THEY WERE NOT TAUGHT MANNERS” or any social skills.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  22. admin wrote:

    Actually I don’t really mind screaming kids at the beach if I can be 20 feet or so away from them.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
  23. Tulip wrote:

    #20- Because you are use to listening to screaming kids and won’t or can’t do anything about it doesn’t mean that
    People that work all week want to spend the weekend listening to untrained kids ruin their day by screaming about nothing. You might take them home to nap and give everyone a break.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
  24. Tulip wrote:

    Excuse me 20 the above comment was for
    18. My error sorry.

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
  25. OLD MAN wrote:

    #18 The point is if your kids are “screaming and kicking sand”…. it is unacceptable behavior. Now I need my coffee and aspirins

    Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 6:30 am | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    If we have another winter like the last two, the frost proof palm trees will take care of themselves. They may do fine if global warming finally kicks in. However,if global warming is a fact,then why are we willing to waste so much money on pavilions that will be under water. I suppose our town fathers must be a bunch of global warming deniers.

    Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  27. vox populi wrote:

    Al Gore is on the rise again you know, kidding. It’s Saturday and not saturated with parking, traffic jams, siren wailing. Enjoy till tomorrow.

    Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  28. South Side wrote:

    A busy beach allows the Borough to give and maintain all those beach/boardwalk jobs. Were some new ones created this year?

    Monday, August 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
  29. BEN REAL wrote:

    In my opinion, I’m not sure why Colleen and Matt are so happy. They raised the price of seasonal badges 10% and daily badges a little over 10%. According to these numbers, they only gained a 3% revenue increase over last year so far. However, Dave, this means you should be happy because fewer people came to the beach this year.

    Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

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