Skip to content

My Journey Into Denialville

Since last spring every member of the Council has been telling us, repeatedly and with great certainty, that the cost to the taxpayers of the planned boardwalk pavilions would be zero.

Thanks to Judge Gummer’s ruling on Friday many of us have learned that it is not zero, that it was never going to be zero and that in fact it’s just shy of four million dollars.

Nine days from now there is a ballot referendum asking for approval of one of the two bonds needed to start the project.

Do you think any of the “it’s free” crowd might feel some moral obligation to let the voters know that they are not voting on something that will cost the taxpayers zero, but in actuality the particular bond that they’re voting on, if approved, would cost the taxpayers nearly $3.2 million?

I guess not.

One would have thought that the judge’s decision would have justified a code blue alert, but the code blue system is apparently only to be used for important stuff like the opening of Jack Bakers’ miniature golf course or the Halloween parade.

Thinking that maybe I just needed to be a little more proactive I visited the Borough’s home page where I am told “REBUILD PAVILIONS”.Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 5.22.29 AM

Well maybe they didn’t think the news warranted being on the front page so let’s visit the “Press Room”:Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 5.20.29 AMNope, nothing there either.

Ok, well the Democratic Committee just last week sent those beautiful, glossy, full color mailers (indirectly paid for by LIUNA) urging us all to vote “yes”.  Maybe they would care to set the record straight?  We go to Facebook:demsThey have a letter up there supporting the bond and implying still that we are going to be reimbursed after we build it.  One viewer, DeGe Caddy, somehow knows about the lawsuit and asks for information on Gummer’s decision.  Ms. Caddy gets no information from them.  I tried to help her out by posting a link to Ken Pringle’s notes that I have on my Google drive.  I hope she found it quickly because when I checked back a couple of hours later my post had disappeared.

Well nobody told us it would be free more times than the mayor did so I’m sure he would want to correct himself on this very important issue.  Let’s have a look at his Facebook.   Ah, here’s something.m1YES! YES!  HERE IT IS!


Let’s see what he says!Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 7.51.32 AMOh boy.

(BTW, anybody out there know how they built Keefe a $450,000 house with her share of the $240,000 they raised?  I see they still are trying to raise money to pay contractors.  What do they owe, $300,000?)

Desperation is setting in.  Where else might the information be found?

I guess one place worth looking is the candidates for the open Council seat.  After all, the three of us are sharing the ballot with the referendum question.  All three of us, I would like to think, have an interest in there being a well-informed electorate.

The incumbent doesn’t have a campaign page and her personal Facebook page makes no mention whatsoever.  (I still remember her yelling at me “it’s free, it’s free!)

Let’s see what “challenger” Tom Burke says:tom

If anyone out there knows who the commenter is that calls himself “Old Man”, would you ask him if he has any spare aspirins?


  1. South Side wrote:

    Yes Dave, the Keefe House arithmetic was done a new way using Common Core Math.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  2. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Let’s also email, Hollis R. Towns, executive editor of the APP and Randy Bergmann, opinion editor and ask them why there hasn’t been one word of the Friday decision by Judge Gummer? Their emails are below.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  3. Ms Sarcastic wrote:

    #1 If there is a money shortfall, no problem just add it to the Pavilions bond. Oh yeah another lawsuit oops.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  4. Judy wrote:

    A neighbor and I were talking yesterday and said the same thing about the ruling. No code Blue to tell anyone. I hope the Asbury Press and Coast Star pick up this story before the election. I hope that a filer with the ruling goes out.
    We also found it interesting that no one (I’m not including Dave) has been on the South Side to campaign.
    Plus there no meeting scheduled until late November. Unless I’m wrong.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    Actually I have not been to the South Side either or any other side and I do apologize.

    It’s not so much the walking I’m avoiding, and the talking, of course, is something I enjoy a lot.

    It’s all the front steps. Between the arthritic hip and the balance problems from my spinal cord issue, I fear I may fall and have to sue somebody.

    Now if I had some volunteers……

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  6. Bill Straus wrote:

    Maybe the Republican committee will send out a flier about the judge’s decision. I would have done it myself but I no longer have access to the data base, but we should all try to get the word out ourselves.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  7. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    today …. email and advise Booker, Menendez and Pallone to stay away from Belmar on Monday …. too many Public Trust Doctrine and Civil Rights violations would spoil their image …. a link to CommonSenseforBelmar helps explain things….

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  8. OLD MAN wrote:

    Sorry I live on fixed income and can’t dispense (give away) my aspirins. However if I succeed in obtaining a FEMA ASPIRIN grant I will be more than happy to share.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  9. An Observation wrote:

    Sorry to say Eugene they don’t care what we think just like the rest of the Democrats, But Menendez is under FBI investigation as well as Hillary,something the Democrats are proud of as there is no outcry, Nixon was ousted by his own party the Republicans.

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  10. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    #9 …. correct …. hopefully, the outcry would be forthcoming …. Public Trust Doctrine and Civil Rights violations may resonate with the public when the Good Judge’s product is published …. probably mid week ….

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
  11. Robert wrote:

    Claire D, I am not sure if you manage / run the Belmar Dem facebook page or if it is someone else, but whoever it is, can you have them check the facebook page. It seems that posts are going missing. Above Dave mentions his post went missing, and I personally saw one from Brian Pringle last night, and now it isn’t there, so something must be wrong with the page…..Or is it just that the information sharing is being controlled, and these posts have been deleted?

    Monday, October 26, 2015 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  12. Ms. Sarcastic wrote:

    I have the solution that will end it once and for all. The Unions and the Democratic Party buys the Beach and owns it outright,the state will have to be on board with this. They can do whatever they want to do with THEIR money not the Public’s money.Let they have their bars on the beach etc. They will have to pay the Police to make sure no one violates the noise and urinating laws and violations the exceed the norm will be paid by THEM.

    Monday, October 26, 2015 at 10:46 am | Permalink
  13. DJais Drunkard wrote:

    You don’t need to HOLLER at Old Man! Apirin is free at DJais or the Laborer’s Hall!!! Same thing??? Oh boy oh boy – where is the talent – can’t wait till next SUMMA 😉

    Monday, October 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.