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Joy To The World: Vote “NO”



  1. Pootsie wrote:

    Thank’s Joy. Good opinion piece.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  2. Sweetiepieface wrote:

    Looks like a winning argument addressed in this editorial page article. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in trying your very best to explain how we need to understand the ramifications of buildings a 4.1 millionaire pavilion on Ocean Avenue. Judges admonished the Borough for misuse of BUF. FEMA warnings all over the coast and common sense dictates that we must vote NO.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  3. Swim wrote:

    Build a first class swim club at 5th ave like Spring Lake has, and put the 96% of the funding on the beach utility! Problem solved!

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  4. linlee wrote:

    Joy, this is so well written and the information should be disturbing to residents on many levels. The $660,000 taxpayer debt for the Safety Building is a done deal and obviously something we will have to repay. The projected new $4.1 million debt for the 5th Street pavilion, and bonding $7 million to reinvent McClearie Park represents an insane level of new debt to place on Belmar taxpayers. The issue of a $900,000 bulkhead repair to allow Chefs International to move forward with their construction begs the question why has only this section of the bulkhead been assessed by an engineer when the fact is that the entire bulkhead infrastructure may be at risk of failing. A group of McClearie Park neighbors have been actively advocating for the assessment of the bulkhead, but to no avail. This issue, like the overflow pipe at Lake Como, is about the well-being and safety of a whole section of Belmar. Money needs to be spent, and debt incurred to maintain our town. There is no money to allow vanity projects, or pay-back schemes to further burden taxpayers.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  5. DJais Drunkard wrote:

    More beer fe$tival$, bring in the outta town $$$, vote maybe, bayby – that’ll solve your problems BEL-MAR!!!

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  6. Katrina wrote:

    Now if only our borough officials would come clean about the Judges decision. This whole thing was about giving taxpayers enough information BEFORE they agree to take on more debt! Like it or not it’s THE LAW! If people only want to follow the rule of law when it benefits them, we are a sad, sad group.
    Thanks Joy.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm | Permalink
  7. An Observation wrote:

    #6 Katrina A Code Blue call from the Mayor or Colleen would be a start of telling the residents the truth, obviously that is not in their hearts or minds that is unfortunate.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
  8. CODE BLUE wrote:

    Wake the town and tell the people Vote No.

    The “I’m sorry message, I made a mistake, I misspoke, She did I didn’t do it” is not going to work this year. No matter how you are being intimidated no one can see you behind the curtain.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  9. Belmar Independent wrote:

    #4. Linlee the Maclearie Park and L-Street Beach bulkhead are so bad because of irresponsibility year after year for required maintenance. An analogy would be if you purposely put off needed work on your foundation, year after year, decade after decade ( infrastructure ) eventually it will bight you big time in the wallet. The job of proper government is the safety and welfare of its citizens. Now that is talk and not walk. Consider just how bad it had to get before a dime was borrowed for flood mitigation- Silver Lake, Lake Como. Flood mitigation actions never makes the headlines. Pavilions do, hence the new priorities. SAD!

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm | Permalink
  10. 9th Ave Resident wrote:

    The mayor is circulating a letter that again is full of lies about funding. We can only use FEMA funds for the 5th Ave that are obligated by FEMA to the 5th Ave. That amount is about $1.5 million if we vote yes to $4.1 million we are on the hook for the remaining amount. We cannot use $5.4 million the combined amount for all the pavilions, if it even exists, all on the 5th. The Judge clearly ruled on this. I now see why there has been such a problem in Belmar, literally the mayor and administration are making it up as they choose.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  11. admin wrote:

    Actually with the 40% from 13th it’s closer to $2 million

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  12. 9th Ave Resident wrote:

    But it won’t be free and we will have at least $2.1 in debt before any change orders.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  13. Tulip wrote:

    When the Judge handed down her opinion I can tell you it was much more than 2. 1 mil. Why do you not want to read it for yourself? It wouldn’t hurt to know the truth for a change especially when you hear the true numbers. You have a short time to learn the facts. I would also ask someone to explain the beach utility in plain English. As the Judge did.

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

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