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Bad Ending


I’m going to keep them in my thoughts.


  1. Ms. Sarcsatic wrote:

    So sad my condolences to the families. Perhaps Belmar Elementary should teach water safety instead of teaching hatred towards people that do not think the same way as they do.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  2. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    Belmar Elementary has a water safety assembly last week Ms. Sarcastic

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  3. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    I’d like to meet you Ms. Sarcastic. I’d like to look in your eyes when you explain how you came to think of negative politics at a time like this. Would you like to meet?

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  4. Really? wrote:

    Mr. sarcastic, this is a tragedy, not a social commentary on belmar elementary.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  5. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    This is very sad and we all should be looking for ways to prevent it happening again.
    Note the signage:
    “Lifeguard Off Duty
    Swim At Your Own Risk”

    Is contrary to Borough Code Chapter 18-2.7
    “a. No person shall bathe or swim from the beachfront except from the protected bathing beaches, as designated by flags, and where boats and lifeguards are provided by the Borough, and only at such times as the lifeguards are on duty.”

    Perhaps the signage should be changed to reflect the Borough’s Code:
    “Lifeguard Off Duty
    No Bathing Or Swimming”

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    There should always be a lifeguard or cop at the beach. This would save lives. So many cops outside the bars and none posted on the beach. Seems odd.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  7. boy named sue wrote:

    And the June 20th Mayor and Council meeting has been cancelled. I hope some eagle eye in the administration notes what the Borough code says about swimming and bathing at the beach. Is the Borough at fault in this tragedy? If the sign were accurate reflecting the actual code and someone does not read English and has a problem, what then? The ocean is a scary place to swim, in my opinion. Won’t catch me going in there.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  8. SEASHELL wrote:

    God bless these children,their families and friends.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  9. Hmmm? wrote:

    #6. So if distressed swimmer on 1st. How would a guard in 10th help?

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  10. Joe Smolinski wrote:

    How about the town investing in 1 or 2 ATVs for a better beach patrol

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  11. admin wrote:

    We already have a few of them.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  12. Benny Beachgoer wrote:

    Or even a drone with a live camera fees to a central office could be used to monitor the area

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Uhm, where were the parents ?

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    #9 Need an officer on every beach

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink
  15. OLD MAN wrote:

    Yes I’m afraid we will have different opinions about this. We can’t prevent ever accident. Blame has a horrible way of spreading to everything and everybody. However our council and Mayor better try harder to prevent such tragedies.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  16. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    My condolences to the families involved.
    Nobody knows what happened and I don’t think anyone will ever know. Just a tragic accident. Like #15 says, we can’t prevent all accidents.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  17. Maria wrote:

    Where there any red flags up and down the beach.hear about rip tide on TV. Maybe if they where up the kids would of stayed out of the water. Same thing happened in avon last week. Maybe we need better water protection for our young children

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    And why is 5th Ave pavilion done and the 10th Ave safety pavilion not? Nice priorities Matt.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  19. Hmm? wrote:

    #18- I wonder if those that decided it best to complete Taylor before the Safety Building may be having second thoughts now? I don’t believe the completed building alone will prevent all future events but it does make you question priorities.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    People, stop playing Monday morning quarterbacks. Tragedies and accidents happen and it is a shame. No need for knee jerk reactions like cops on every beach or saying that a safety building would have made a difference because it wouldn’t have. FACT, the ocean doesn’t give a crap so you better respect it. If you opt not to then you may have to live with terrible consequences.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Nobody said safety building would have made a difference..maybe yes maybe no..
    But it would sure of made sense to build that first over the party place for someone’s retirement

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm | Permalink
  22. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    Curious to find out if any or all of our Police Officers on duty at the time may have been tied up in Lake Como keeping their residents safe.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Stop it now.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm | Permalink
  24. Betty wrote:

    Priorities- like the Lake Como outfall pipe. How about we focus on increasing our lifeguard and police force instead of our watering holes? How about doing something for the residents?

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm | Permalink
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Prayers to all the families who lost a loved one this week . I’m not sure why we wait till mid June to put our lifeguards on duty,but if it’s because we don’t have a full staff then we take the guards that are available and only open a few avenues for those that want to go swimming thinking summer has begun. The renters are here on Memorial Day ready to go ,so if you post signs guards to swim only where guards are posted until we go all avenues. We should learn from this be pro active and prevent another family from this pain .

    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:33 pm | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Praying for the girl on life support.

    Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  27. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    If I remember correctly, the Mayor was warned a while back at a council meeting (view tapes) that his proposed merger or take over of the Lake Como police duties would put the citizens of Belmar at risk as their services would be diminished and or reduced. All for his political aspirations. Great job Mayor.

    Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  28. Sonny Nardone wrote:

    I’ve never commented here before but I’d like to now. I’ve been a fireman here in Belmar for 39 years. I was Emergency Management Coordinator for 10 years also. I’ve seen many fires and devastation come to Belmar. This is one of the worst things that could happen to our town. The death of a child is tragic. Families of these little girls have been destroyed. The 1st Responders whom were on the scene have to live with this memory the rest of their lives. We need to all band together. Put politics aside. This was a horrible accident. Nobody is to blame. The best thing that we can do is pray for everyone involved and learn from this. May that little girl Rest In Peace

    Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
  29. Maria wrote:

    13. my guess is they were working for a small pay to support their children

    Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    God bless the families of these young ladies.

    Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 10:38 pm | Permalink
  31. boy named sue wrote:

    Inaccurate and incomplete sign. Could have been in Spanish, as well as Hindi, Arabic, etc. Does not state the borough’s code. (People will disobey and drown any way.)

    Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 11:21 pm | Permalink
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    Town will probably lose the possible lawsuit over this loss of life too.

    A life has infinite worth. Belmar did not do enough to keep these kids safe. “Swim at your own risk” is weak and lazy… how about being much more proactive to save lives

    Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

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