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Return To The Gay Nineties?

In A Heartbeat!

There’s a story in today’s Star pointing out that two story pavilions would not be new to Belmar.  Aside from a rather large structure at 10th Ave, there was a two story pavilion at 5th Ave which was opened in 1894 and was known as Gordon’s Pavilion.


I’m sure that proponents of the new two story Taylor Pavilion will be saying that what was good for the people of Belmar in 1894 would be good for the people of Belmar today.  And honestly I might find it hard to disagree with them.  The 1890s were called the “Gay Nineties” for a reason.  The country experienced unprecedented prosperity and economic growth.  The middle class was born.  It was a very happy time in our history.

Grover Cleveland, my favorite president, occupied the White House.

So I am coming out right now and saying that if we can return to the government policies of the 1890s, I would consider an oversized building at 5th Ave to be a small price to pay.

Of course things were a little different then.  We were on a gold standard.  No Federal Reserve Bank destroying our currency back then.  There was no federal income tax or IRS.  No state income tax.  No state sales tax.

There was no NSA, DHS, TSA, EPA, FDA, FTC, DEA, ATF, BLM, FEMA, FDIC, OSHA, SEC, etc, etc to destroy our freedom and take our money.

And, of course, the beaches were free.  (Gordon’s Pavilion was privately funded.)

So if anyone wants to return to the government policies that Belmar residents enjoyed in 1894, I’m totally with you.

And let’s get going with Taylor.  I’ll lay the first brick.



  1. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    Could not have been said more
    When my parents were alive, we stayed in Cape May every summer. We loved all those great Victorians. It was quite, no bars, disrespectful bar goers. There were just many competing B&B’s with big porches and we would spend our evenings playing bridge.
    That is Cape May and never could be Belmar.

    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Tom Burke wrote:

    I’m sorry, the beachfront committee did not determine that bricks were to be used in the construction. You do however, have my permission to help drive the first piling, and I would be glad to help you with it. (Once all approvals are received of course).

    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Those Victorian era bathing suits would have to go.

    Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:42 am | Permalink
  4. joegoofinoff wrote:

    Well said. I don’t mean to be a stickler, but you forgot the notorious federal govt. agency, EEOC.


    Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

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