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Seniors, Scouts Out

From an August, 2013 letter from Mayor Doherty to the voters:

The following events & organizations used the old Taylor Pavilion throughout the year. Rebuilding the Taylor Pavilion will provide even more space for these organizations to call home.

Belmar Elementary School

Belmar Youth Club

St. Rose High School

Belmar Women’s Club

The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore

The Ladacin Network Special Education Programs

Circle of Friends HYDAS

Frank Rummler Band-Monday night concerts

Luckenbill Band-Thursday night concerts

Belmar ADA Committee

Belmar Cares

Belmar Mayors Wellness Campaign

Belmar Health Fair

Belmar Summer Arts & Crafts Program

Belmar Historical Society

Belmar Autism Beach Bash

Belmar Senior Parties & Luncheons

Manasquan Lacrosse

Manasquan High School Jazz Band

Elks Polar Bear Plunge

Shark River Anglers

4-H Club

Belmar Seafood Festival

Belmar Military Appreciation Day

Jersey Shore Running Club

Belmar 5 Mile Run

Belmar Chase 5 K

Belmar Triathlon

Celtic Chase

The Girl Scouts

The Boy Scouts

Of course this was when he still wanted his 2 story Taylor with elevators and dumbwaiters.

In July 2014 the Taylor plan was back to a single story and we got this:

There is nothing in either letter about Taylor being some private company’s “venue” for weddings.


Perhaps we should let Merri-Makers use the church as their venue so Taylor won’t be booked solid every weekend for a year in advance.

Better yet, we should have just let the Barclay stay open.


  1. OLD MAN wrote:

    And I was looking forward to enjoying a senior night there. Well seniors we can’t. To all my senior friends who voted for this crew……Told you so….More aspirins please….

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:55 am | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    We’ve all been duped, worse yet, we’ve been outright lied to. Who on that council will step forward and standup for the taxpayers?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  3. Liar wrote:

    Matt Doherty is a liar, and should be held accountable for his actions.Belmar town council is just as guilty.Let’s go to the video tapes and make him eat his words.Phil Murphy would you employ a liar?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:40 am | Permalink
  4. GUEST #2 wrote:

    Brian Magovern is our only hope to stand up to this nonsense. Come on Brian, this is not what you had in mind when you lobbied the towns people for the rebuild of the Taylor Pavilion, is it?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  5. Hmmm? wrote:

    I don’t see anything on merri-makers site that mentions booking the Pavilion. Seems to be advertising their catering services at this venue.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  6. admin wrote:

    They do “off premises” catering but it’s listed as a venue, therefore it is not considered to be “off premises”.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink
  7. Guest wrote:

    5 – Stop now, it is listed under their “Venues”. Lets not play the semantics game and play with words.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink
  8. elemental wrote:

    G.R.I.P – Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians. Magovern is part of the problem. He is too comfortable in his position; he will not really rock the boat.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  9. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    Any word on when FEMA will reimburse us for the pavilion?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  10. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    the Methodist property is no longer being used as a school or house of worship …. of course, the owner would like to maintain the property tax-exempt status.

    Belmar may be the only town that can turn a tax rateable into an expense.

    St Rose does pay taxes on unused property.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  11. Senior wrote:

    Total betrayal! After years of gym luncheons and the promise of Taylor, the moving them to Methodist space is a total slap in the face. Most of the seniors will turn the other cheek and be grateful for what they get. Not this senior. I’m going to go out swinging. Wait till I see that two-faced Jennifer.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Isn’t there already a belmar business that can cater to weddings on 35?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Big Matt will sit up there and tell you how great this is for Belmar. It’s up to the other sheep to ask questions and demand answers. Assuming none of them will-including Walsifer, looks like Belmar will be stuck with this mess. Just vote every one of them out. None of these people appear competent.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  14. Guest wrote:

    This was an underhanded move from Day 1 and now we all see the reason why Merri-Makers bid so high for that concession, we all knew it would take a lot of hot dog sales just to break even. Once again the truth comes out after the ink has dried.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  15. Blue Skies wrote:

    I bet the Jersey City Seniors will be using it. And Belmar will host it.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
  16. elemental wrote:

    Will the Merri-Makers now compete with the Belmar Fishing Club for reserved parking around Schroeder Park? Or better yet, reserve/claim parking on the grass on that space? Let’s see the details in the contract…What did the Borough give away at the expense of the ignorance of the residents?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink
  17. Big ones wrote:

    Plenty of parking at the marina from 2am til 6 am

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink
  18. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    Wait till they set up a valet parking stand and park the cars where Matt will have the Chief set up No Parking orange cones at the Lake.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm | Permalink
  19. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Once again, I’ve got to be the one to stand up for Matt. I think we can all agree Matt doesn’t have the mentality to come up with these schemes. It’s his handlers who’re telling him what to do.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  20. Wonder wrote:

    I wonder if the mayor’s cheerleaders like, senior Tom Volker, approve of the Belmar residents being thrown out of a brand new building.The level of deceit by Merri Makers, Mayor Matt Doherty & Brian Magovern Town Council president is unprecedented.I did not vote for a wedding hall!

    When did the TC allow soliciting by Merri Makers on the beach for food orders, its annoying.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5:54 am | Permalink
  21. Guest wrote:

    20 – Soliciting on the beach is not allow. Let’s see where the leadership is on this one. My bet is that their heads are in the sand.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  22. callmecynical wrote:

    The resident seniors from the senior building will not have to travel as far by having lunch at the former Methodist Church. That space is more at the so-called center of town than the Taylor Pavilion. People at the beach will not have to cross the street to buy food or bring lunch to the beach, which could spoil in the sun. See, everything is fine. And don’t pick on Brian Magovern, after all, he was born in Belmar and knows what is best for this town, whether it is legal or not (in his own words)!

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink
  23. MAD wrote:

    I don’t understand how Merrymakers can list Taylor Pavilion as a venue. Isn’t it a town owned building?

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  24. Ready, Fire, Aim! wrote:

    #23 They can not, By law you can use any vendor you wish. Merrymakers is just flat out giving people misinformation.The building was built with Fema monies.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Huh? They can’t represent exclusivity? Are you required to use them as your caterer? Can I request a date to hire the Taylor Pavilion via Colleen, complete a rental application, pay required fees for subject rental date in advance and then hire my own catering company like, Hmmmm, Ma’$ or Drew’s in Spring Lake Heights?

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  26. SEASHELL wrote:

    #24 Did we get the FEMA money? Does anyone know?

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  27. Guest wrote:

    #25 Yes you can,hire your own caterer.The lease is just the kitchen space, all the rest is smoke and mirrors marketing by MM.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  28. Petituioner wrote:

    FEMA MONEY is coming is more of MATT’S MONKEY BUSINESS HORSE FEATHERS TALK. No tickee, no shirtee said the man.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
  29. Guest wrote:

    #28 How do you get Fema money for a private building, with a fenced offed beach?

    Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:38 am | Permalink
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    So why would anyone use expensive Merrimakers? All Wedding Planner entrepreneurs the map is drawn.

    Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Where is the schedule of senior events /lunches at the church? Do not see anything on town calendar

    Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  32. Tulip wrote:

    #31 The seniors were moved back to the gym because parking down on the beach front is lacking. If they keep booking down there we may see a black topped area around the lake for parking. Is
    Everybody happy?

    Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

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