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I’m kind of busy with work right now so I’m going to have to leave it to you guys to pick it apart.Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 8.34.43 AMReprinted with the permission of the Coast Star


  1. OLD MAN wrote:

    This is just full of valuable information. Talk about headaches !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  2. An Observation wrote:

    I need an aspirin too, how come he does not mention the reasons he lost not one but two lawsuits ??? There are other facts he conveniently left out. Not to worry, good trumps evil.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  3. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Actually, FEMA discourages assembly use buildings on the beach by imposing costly standards that make smart people look at alternatives.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  4. The Truth wrote:

    He must have been drunk when he wrote it !!!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:33 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    From Seaside to Sandy Hook there is no pavilion building near the size of what the King wants. There is a small building in Point Pleasant that houses the Police and First Aid but look at the amount of people visiting there, compared to Belmar.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink
  6. Matt's legacy wrote:

    Matt you just hung yourself with these lies.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:02 am | Permalink
  7. Ms. Sarcastic wrote:

    1.Did he write that himself or I wonder who helped him write it?

    2. Mayor Pringle disgraced????? What does that make Mayor Matt after all of his misdeeds ????

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  8. Tom Dilberger wrote:


    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  10. Fed Up wrote:

    Matt you and your wife have a personal agenda. That is what is sad that Belmar residents have to be watch dogs and administrate behind the scenes to keep you lawful. Get a real job, being mayor is not working out for you. And that small element is 60% percent of the town that disagrees with you putting the town into substantial debt when we can rebuild OUR pavilions for less just like every other town did. Anyone can understand that every town must rebuild to hurricane standards and new municipal codes. Jim Bean is referring to the over-sized and overpriced pavilions you continue to shove down our throats. We do not need a gourmet kitchen in the Taylor. The petition supporting the Lake Como Pipe grant stopped you from sneaking funding for the controversial over priced 5th pavilion into an ordinance. Guess what Matt we are watching you and all your false statements continue to come back to haunt you. More residents now know how desperate and deceitful you are. Just build put back what was there and, YES TO HURRICANE STANDARDS duh!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  11. Enough wrote:

    I didn’t know Ken Pringle was disgraced? When did that happen? I guess my head was in the sand too.

    This is the exact type of mean spirited speech that Claire and others in town claim is dividing the town. How can it be so terrible when the administrator or commenters of this site do it, yet they defend it when someone who agrees with their point of view, and when Matt does it?

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  12. An Observation wrote:

    #11 There is no dividing the town, they are afraid of the truth getting out there and they lose power so they cant continue their hidden agendas.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  13. anonymous wrote:


    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  14. Enough wrote:

    #12, I said they “claim” to divide the town.
    While I agree they will do anything to not lose power in town, it’s the voters’ fault they are there to begin with! With all the information provided on this site, and at town meetings, if we held an election tomorrow, Matt would win. And it’s not just because of Frank Sementra delivering votes! It’s because the vast majority of people actual don’t vote, and the few thousand that do, are stupid, and buy all the crap Matt and his puppets are selling!
    They pull levers for Republicans in almost ever election more times than Democrats on every level except locally. It’s bizarre!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:56 am | Permalink
  15. Southie wrote:

    The south end of town is furious with the mayor. They were used and are scared. The mayor stated the federal grant would be lost if he did not bundle it with funding for the Taylor. Independent verification with the DEP confirmed the mayor lied and was just intimidating the south end residents to get what he wants which is his choice of an overpriced pavilion built. We need a nice replacement of the Taylor that functions to serve the beach tourists with a small meeting area just like it was. And we need the mayor to listen to the residents. We do not need to spend 4.1 million to build the Taylor Pavilion. FMEMA is only paying us 2.8 million for all 5 pavilions that were lost. We need to build with those funds just like the vote NO, campaign wanted.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  16. An Observation wrote:

    #14 I agree with you. What is upsetting is the County and State Republican people don’t care either!! They give towns zero support. I feel bad that Ken has to be THE information man! I’m sure he has better things to do with his time.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  17. An Observation wrote:

    #15 You will never get the mayor to listen to the taxpayers he has his hand picked council to do as he pleases. The only way I see things to dramatically change is a petition to remove him.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  18. Belmar Resident wrote:

    This is a reprint of the letter from Jim Bean. The mayor must have read it while distracted. No where does Mr. Bean indicate the Taylor should be rebuilt NOT to current hurricane standards. The mayor is really stretching once again to employ his friends.


    Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and his Council want the residents to suspend critical thinking regarding the $4.1 million cost of rebuilding Taylor Pavilion. They tell us that $4 million is a good price for such a building, and by using FEMA money, insurance money, and “buy a board money” the building can be built “for free.” I ask the residents to think logically about this. If Mantoloking can build a 15,000 sq.ft., three-story municipal complex at a cost of $5 million [and only bonding $3 million of it]and our neighbor Avon can build their pavilion for under $1.5 million [without bonding anything], why is it costing Belmar $4.1 million to build Taylor and why do we need to borrow nearly the whole amount?

    The answer is that it’s business as usual in Belmar. We paid our clean-up contractor AshBritt-Conti, who had ties to the mayor’s wife, three times the going rate for Sandy clean-up and then we paid Epic Construction, who also had ties to the mayor’s wife, double the amount for our boardwalk that Seaside paid for theirs. Belmar must enjoy burning money. Yes, this is the exact same Taylor Pavilion plan at the exact same price that the voters rejected in last year’s special election, yet on July 7,the mayor and council approved a bond for residents to pay $4.1 million to construct it anyway.

    Several weeks ago the 10th Ave. safety building, now being financed separately from Taylor, was bonded by the mayor and council and will cost the beach utility $2.2 million to construct. The public restrooms that were part of the rejected bond were paid for using a different bond earlier this year, so the cost is still $7 million just like it was last year. Mayor Doherty is telling fairy tale stories and Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay keeps repeating them, saying “it’s free, it’s free.”

    But much of the money they plan to use lawfully belongs to the beach utility, and I think that when the judge in the current lawsuit rules that way, the taxpayers will be stuck holding the bag. I say rebuild the Taylor Pavilion with what was there before the storm. We all loved it back then, what changed?

    16th Avenue, Belmar
    Director, MHS-TV

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink
  19. Belmar Voter wrote:

    Karma! Karma! Karma! Rejoice that the masks are totally off. What you see is what we are stuck with. Tragic that this mean-spirited autocratmatt believes if you say the same lies over and over again they become the truth.
    The last time I checked in on reality, 1041 bipartisan voters who voted NO do not constitute a small group of political types. Just sayin.
    Personally, I am so proud of Belmar voters this year.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  20. Bill Straus wrote:

    The mayor is a bold faced liar. Hey councilman Brennan still confused why residents don’t trust you ,here you go. Oh, yeah Mr Brennan actually thinks Scott Walker is a facist so that explains his intelligence. If we want to convince the low information voters of this be need to address their beliefs. Facts don’t matter to them, so we need to convince them Matt is a liar just like we convinced them 7 million was to much for the buildings. We will get it done

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
  21. guest wrote:

    I still don’t understand how all of these massive homes sell along the Sea Girt and Spring Lake for $3M and under AND THAT INCLUDES THE LAND THAT COMES WITH IT! Belmar already owns the land. $4.1 is JUST FOR CONSTRUCTION. That is ridiculous. If it costs that much more to build to FEMA specs then perhaps we should not build to FEMA specs and replace the pavilions on our own when they get destroyed in the future. If it costs $1M to build without adhering to FEMA specs, we could replace that pavilion 4 times for the same amount of money!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  22. elemental wrote:

    Now I know why so much beer is flowing in town: keep the voters distracted and dull so they don’t care about the fiscal shenanigans and untruths floated by the mayor.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  23. forrest gump wrote:

    Crafty is as crafty does. Who is craftier?

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  24. Guest wrote:

    Out of control, out of touch and out of his mind. The mayor is 100 percent responsible for the delay in the pavilions. Thank God, his first plans for three two-story buildings with elevators was stopped by the “small group” can you imagine the debt those would have incurred on taxpayers.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:53 pm | Permalink
  25. Just Passing Through wrote:

    #21 Guest it has to be built to specs for 2 reasons one is no one will insure the building and 2 no liability insurance if someone gets hurt due to a structural deficiency.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  26. Belmar Voter wrote:

    Please remember all this when November comes along. Seriously. Then next year when two council seats currently held by Mr. 2 story pavilion Magovern and I am keeping an enemies list Keown-Blackburn finally retire.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  27. OLD MAN wrote:

    Somebody please post when aspirins go on sale at Rite Aid. I’m running low

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  28. anibody wrote:

    Mcdirty’s Code Purple face alert in the coast star proves, yet again, how rattled he has become. Off the boardwalk railings at this point. subliminal message to constituents: yes, I lied in all my pavillions mailings over the past couple of years.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm | Permalink
  29. Just Passing Through wrote:

    #27 Old Man, 99 cents at Family Dollar.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  30. Irisheyes wrote:

    I totally agree with #10 comment, The Mayor just wants what he wants, not what the people want or what should be. The Pavilion is not the only thing I think he is sneaking funding for, look at his little pet project over on 14th avenue. Its very clear they did not rebuild what was once there. I’m just curious what he is trying to prove or what the pay off for him is in building this house that clearly does not even belong there, and what ties does Ms. Keefe have to the mayor or other town officials that entitle her to this house that she does not deserve, nor did she work for it or suffer for it. Looks like the best thing that ever happened to her was the storm damaging her home. Without the mayor she would never have been able to ever rebuild a home like this. this situation taken over by the Mayor is similar to the Pavilion’s. Someone got greedy and what once was not good enough, once an opportunity presented it self ,greed went for bigger, better,and not necessary .He has his hands in all that is foul around town.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  31. Mike S wrote:

    Hey Claire what do you think of this literary masterpiece? I wonder if this op-ed was sent in at 3am. I going to “guess” that Maggie didn’t have editorial over-site on this one, this is our sage leader in technicolor. Why don’t you spend some of those union contributions to make sure everyone in town reads this, after all I’m sure you agree with every word.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    Kinda nutty that this man acts like the pavilion bond vote never happened.

    Here’s a reminder…
    Hey Mayor, just in case you forgot, the residents of Belmar OVERWHELMINGLY told you that they do not want to spend this much money on Taylor Pavilion.
    PS- Nothing has changed

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
  33. BS BS BS wrote:

    My what drama in the language he uses “petty political opposition,” “disgraced former mayor,” “small group of people.”

    He’s slinging the BS big time! No facts and lots of pathetic PR lingo.

    The vote against the overpriced pavilion must be honored.

    What grade level is this article written at? Seems low, like around grade 8. Sad

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  34. Anonymous wrote:

    Is a petition circulating to impeach the Mayor? If so, post it somewhere so we can sign it.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  35. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #33, Sir, I agree with you for the most part. But my take is Matt isn’t a bad guy. He’s just an inexperienced man trying to do something the people don’t want. Those pulling the strings behind him are the ones who’re forcing him into this ridiculous untenable position for their own reasons. He’s only the poor dupe sitting up there left “holding the bag.”

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  36. BEN REAL wrote:

    #35 H
    He is the one that put the sh#* in the bag in the first place and he is too thin skinned and immature to manage the fall-out.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:10 pm | Permalink
  37. BEN REAL wrote:

    #30 IRISH EYES-The “mayor” did a huge dis-service to the family. They aren’t used to a house this size or the financial responsibilities that come with it. Hopefully they can afford the huge tax increase and jump in utility bills!

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm | Permalink
  38. Irisheyes wrote:

    Ben Real, I totally agree with what you are saying, But I have to wonder did Ms. Keefe or her mother who is the actually owner of the house and property give thought to any of this. Now what happens in a year or so when her taxes and utilities are out of control, and they ultimately lose the house do to the fact that they could not afford it, I just don’t get it.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:10 pm | Permalink
  39. Irisheyes wrote:

    To add to comment#38,Im sorry I meant to add a thought in closing my comment ,what happens when this family loses this house do to not being able to afford it . Do we flip the bill for this also, will we have a fundraiser for that to. I don’t mean to sound harsh or uncompassionate but I’m sorry she had to think about all this and if it was one of us would we be getting the same help . I feel she saw an opportunity and ran with it, at the expense of all of the citizens of Belmar and their generous donations, Its just wrong

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:23 pm | Permalink
  40. Resident wrote:

    Look at the houses on either side and behind. They are sitting rotting away. Is it possible the owners of those houses are also financially strapped due to Sandy? Did they not count when the town put forth that only 2 families weren’t in their homes yet? Maybe they were not full timers but do they not count? They pay taxes and I’m sure are devastated. The whole things seems unfortunate To say the least

    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8:03 am | Permalink
  41. Maria wrote:

    One thousand days since Sandy by the way

    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  42. Irisheyes wrote:

    Resident ,you are absolutely right in what you are saying. It comes down to what ties did these two families have to the town ,that these other families did not!

    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  43. Tulip wrote:

    I am very glad someone was smart enough to not mention the charges Ken Pringle was charged with. The Mayor would have another law suit in his hand. He is so used to saying what he wants and usually isn’t truthful it appears it has now become a right for him. Ken Pringle was raised and educated in this town and whether you agree or disagree with his politics he never went out of his way to hurt the town deliberately or cause the type of publicity we have had since he retired. To bad the newer people in this town do not recognize this. I do believe the people who love this town will do the right thing even the element. Think of what has happened before and since the storm the heat is getting hotter. There must be a reason.???

    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  44. elemental wrote:

    I think that the Belmar
    Democrat Committee should return all the organized labor-donated monies to the donors, and then the mayor would have no one pulling his strings and he can show the town how pure of heart he really is. Of course we can expect that most of those funds were spent on celebration parties and such. At this point, with all that has happened with the various actions (lawsuits, petitions, etc.) against him, all the mayor can do is launch an offense of deception to counteract the actions against his “program” which are on the horizon. Wake up, residents of Belmar, stop him and the council in their muddy tracks!

    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    did you mean pogroms?

    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  46. elemental wrote:

    #45 insightful but hopefully not that extreme. (element-cleansing)

    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    exactly.,. la vendetta es una minestra che se mangia fredda

    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  48. elemental wrote:

    Si, precisamente.
    Pass the scones, I mean cannoli, Fredo.

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  49. BEN REAL wrote:

    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life!

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  50. admin wrote:

    Why not? It works for me!

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:02 am | Permalink
  51. Anonymous wrote:

    stupid is as stupid does. sober is as sober does as well. Is there an employee assistance program for employees in the borough? Any wage earners within the borough?

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:19 am | Permalink

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