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Pouring A Wound On Salt

From today’s Star:

In response to the claim, Mayor Doherty said, “The owners of Salt are desperate because they made a bad business decision and want the taxpayers of Belmar to bail them out. On their own they built a bar before they transferred the liquor license. They took that risk and it was a bad business decision.”

“I think that the mayor and council, all of us, vote our conscious and do what we think is best for the residents we represent. All the salacious claims and outrageous conspiracies that the owners of this establishment and their attorney are telling folks in the media are completely untrue and border on defamation,” Mayor Doherty said.

Mayor Doherty also shot back at the Harmons’ claims against the police department, characterizing their accusations “deplorable.”

“We have an outstanding police department. They have my full support and I think it highlights how ridiculous the claims are from the owners of Salt and their attorney,” Mayor Doherty said.

(Harmon/Kapalko attorney) Mr. McLaughlin responded to Mayor Doherty comments, stating, “The mayor’s comments are ludicrous.”


  1. Just the facts wrote:

    Anyone who can’t see thru this smokescreen, I have a bridge to sell. This mayor is deplorable

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Resident wrote:

    Lawless Matt Doherty is a delusional liar ruining Belmar. Every lawsuit filed against him that he claimed was frivolous, he lost. You are going to lose Dirty Matt and Harmon’s attorney will win and be paid his legal fees that residents will bankroll.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Observation wrote:

    A resident should make a complaint to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office to do an Internal Investigation, with ALL the players involved, into the handling and corruption of the whole matter. Maybe then heads will roll???

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  4. Just the facts wrote:

    Dave . Wasn’t this site approved for an outdoor bar ? How would one say bad business move to a site that was supposed to an outdoor bar ?

    The arrogance of the administration is so troubling

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    It’s in the redevelopment agreement

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink
  6. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    Salt is exactly in line with Belmar’s master plan. The planning board gave the ok. The police finally completed the investigation. But it’s bad business to build a simple outdoor bar area? If that’s the argument, how can we pay Maser, bond 5+ million, award a bid and start work on Taylor pavilion (whose use that didn’t exactly get the thumbs up from Judge Gummer)? I guess it’s not a bad business decision when it’s not your money.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    More troubling is that Mad Matt is commenting on litigation in spite of Paid Counsel caution not to publicly discuss any aspects of this or any other case during discovery, specifically HAMSTRING ING any defense to the Title 59 notice of a governmental agency. MCDIRTY’S insatiable need for political publicity is being paid right out of your pocketbooks.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Ready ?….ready ?….here it comes…

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Permalink
  9. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    The first bad business decision was the attempt to do business with a regime that isn’t trustworthy …. get ready Belmar …. more Redevelopment, ala Matt, on the way…

    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  10. FUBAR wrote:

    Instead of redevelopment being code for “more bars” how about adding some positive places like
    a new an addition to the library,
    a dog run area,
    a community garden,
    a rose garden with benches,
    A park to hold classes in yoga, time chi,
    A butterfly garden,
    a Senior bldg with activities, lunch and classes,
    A recent center bldg with exercise classes and activities for kids and adults,
    A community theater bldg,

    Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  11. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    WOW, WOW and unbelievable !!!!!

    Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous 68 wrote:

    #10 That sounds so lovely! We can Hope!

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

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