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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    What the heck is the Belmar Neighborhood Network ?

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:22 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    These are from the Pringle era. They were required to be posted at group rental properties.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:37 am | Permalink
  3. Heard Enough wrote:

    This says they don’t give warnings. If you look on the current boro website under code enforcement and the police department (2 separate places), it also states they do not give warnings for noise and disorderly offenses that disrupt the quality of life. That is a lie. These offenders are given warnings, laugh when they have a cop show up to give them the warning and continue to party on. Who cares about a couple hundred dollar fine when you are splitting it between dozens of people?

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:21 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you Neighbors. Better that we are safe by giving reality lessons to the uninformed visitors to the land of year round Belmar residents. Who, by the way, may have been raised to be fine, upstanding, community minded citizen who respect themselves and others.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:49 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Community Police, what’s that?

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink
  6. joe goofinoff wrote:

    I will say this. For the most part I think, the summer renters are alright. It’s a small minority of them (probably 10%)who get out of hand. They give all of them a bad name. The answer is punitive action. Once the actions of this minority are quelled, everything else will fall into place. Pieces of paper (tickets) are meaningless to a person who is drunk, as we all know. A couple of well placed thumps on the head delivered with authority will always work to quiet drunken party’s. The only fly in the ointment is it’s questionable whether our policemen would be able to correctly deliver such a message without getting the daylights kicked out of them.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  7. Vickie Renner wrote:

    The Belmar Neighborbirhood Network was a group of people that joined together about 30 years ago! I organized over 200 people to work together to help our neighborhoods. The way it works is simple. Each street had block captains in charge of their block or 2 if unable to get a willing person. Each street had a police officer to contact the block captains.Done! We held meetings on each street with the police officer to report findings. Back then it was harder because we walked door to door to inform everyone. Now you have the Internet to communicate. All the ordinances that needed to be changed were. Animal house laws were born . The purpose of community policing was for every officer to know their street ,know who lives here and be able to recognize potential problems. Code enforcement worked with the police department and made early visits to houses that received tickets the night before. Usually that morning they were able to find overcrowding and issue more tickets. You are right in saying a 265.00 ticket is nothing split amongst 20 people however after the 2nd ticket the landlord was able to throw the tenants out because the 3 rd ticket would make the house an animal house. Landlords need to also be a part of this so they understand they got their money and if the tenants mess up its on them. The landlord should have this in their leases . Communication between all parties works wonders. This is a very simple process and could work again to those of you still experiencing terrible need a leader ,residents that are committed to helping and the police force with code enforcement to all be on the same page. I believe Tommy Coxx is the police connection. I also believe with the addition of lake como it would be a good idea to make all new specials aware of housing violations throughout the area.Drew Huisman is the new chief and I’m sure this can all be addressed . I would be happy to contribute all previous work that was done so you don’t have to start over. Thank you to all the original block captains,I don’t think people realize how hard we worked or what we accomplished,but we did.I had a terrific group of people and I’m sure their are good people out there now.put yourselves to good work,participating were you live does make a difference.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 8:34 am | Permalink
  8. Robert wrote:

    Vickie – thanks for you prior work, however I think a well running machine that is not maintained will breakdown/fall apart. And I think that is what has happened in the last few years. The last Community Policing meeting I recall was at town hall a week or two before Sandy. I don’t think the current code enforcement does much. And I think this is from the top down…Last summer I heard of a landlord on the 100 block of 15th that evicted his summer rentals due to getting tickets. He had this right built in to the lease agreement. And get this – he gets a call from the mayor say they are good tenants and he should give them another chance and let them stay…I think a change in approach, including community policing that you started/worked on is needed -but it needs the support from the town leaders

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  9. Ken Pringle wrote:

    Just to follow up on Vickie’s contribution, over time the efforts and cooperation of residents with their assigned community policing officers were designed to maximize the effect of our Animal House ordinances. Landlords of properties that received two quality of life ordinance violations (e.g., noise, litter, disorderly persons, etc.) in a 12 month period were designated Animal Houses following a hearing and the Landlord would be required to post a bond of up to $5,000.

    If the property was the subject of another QOL violation during the subsequent 12 month period, the Borough could begin levying against the bond to protect the neighborhood. Typically, this meant paying for County Sheriff’s officers to park in front of the offending house on weekend nights for the rest of the summer (or until the bond money was exhausted) to keep the peace. (We used Sheriff’s officers so that we didn’t reduce our available police officers). Needless to say, the tenants hated that. The Landlords hated it too, because it is difficult to lease rentals that are designated an Animal House. Although they learned to include language in their leases that allowed them to recoup the bond money from the tenants’ security deposit, it gave even absentee landlords a strong incentive to choose responsible tenants. We made a big effort to educate the tenants about how the Animal House laws worked, and ultimately learned to post online a list of all the Animal Houses and required Landlords to inform their prospective tenants of the status of their rentals (i.e., whether any violations were pending or it was designated as an Animal House), so prospective tenants would know what they were getting into.

    It took time and a tremendous amount of communication (a large number of tenants are first timers), coordination (the police dept, code department, municipal court, Clerk’s office – which sent out the Animal House hearing notices — and residents, all worked to unison), and consistent and prompt enforcement.

    Over time, as we got better and better at enforcing our ordinances, and scheduling Animal House hearings, and word of the program spread, lazy landlords got out of the business, and renters who knew they were likely to get summonses found other places to spend their summers. (We knew that our Animal House efforts were having an impact when towns farther south of us started complaining that they were getting our summer rentals, and began adopting and enforcing their own Animal House laws). But along the way, our residents felt empowered and protected when Sheriff’s Officers were stationed outside of the problem rentals on their blocks.

    Unfortunately, judging from the pictures posted recently and increased complaints I’ve been hearing, our residents are feeling anything but empowered these days. Worse, Belmar is steadily losing its reputation as a community that strictly enforces quality of life ordinances, as things slip back to the way they were in the bad old days.

    Memories are very short. People bought and renovated or built new owner-occupied homes in Belmar in the 2000’s because Belmar residents and officials demonstrated their commitment to protecting our neighborhoods and changing Belmar from an anything goes party town to a quality community. If we don’t get Belmar back on that track soon, that tide — which took more than a decade of hard work to build — is going to shift, and potential home buyers are going to look instead to other towns where they know their investments will be protected.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:52 am | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Matt Doherty could care less about quality of life issues.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  11. Noreen Dean wrote:

    Thank you Ken Pringle and your administration. Jimmy and I personally witnessed the improvement of our block. Indeed the Neighborhood Watch Program in connection with the Police Department was effective through concerted efforts of residents, police, code enforcement and renters frequently after Sheriff’s officer’s intervention A visitors Knowledge of jeopardy associated with codes of conduct in residential areas and cooperation with respect goes a long way in Belmar. Thank you again. We are very proud of you and your administration.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:43 am | Permalink
  12. DJAIS DRUNKARD wrote:

    Really good IDEA numba 7 – HAVE FUN & PARTAY. I can LOOOOVED dat.

    Less DUE it!!!!

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  13. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #9 – That’s a whole lot of words.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  14. OLD MAN wrote:

    Only solution is to get ALL of them the hell out

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    For those that want the wild, wild west atmosphere back and the Fort Lauderdale north title again, carefully read #9 ten more times to get it through your head. Belmar has walked through the fire already; this is a town with Family residences.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Jim Bean and Ken Pringle… that would make a nice ticket.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    #15 Amen. Right on target. Ken Pringle – wish you were still Mayor! Such a shame to see so much of the progress you made in support of the citizens erased over the past years.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
  18. Happy Daze wrote:

    At the time Mayor Pringle described D’Jais so well as “the magnet for the mayhem”. When you read #9 it makes you think about taking a similar animal house approach to D’Jais. They and their patrons are a huge drain on borough services. Maybe D’Jais should need to post a $20k bond and each time the PD or First Aid makes a visit, $500 is deducted from the bond. Right now they have zero incentive to control their guests – get as drunk as you want as long as you keep ordering drinks and if you get too smashed…we will throw you out to walk the streets where you become someone else’s problem. . Also, having the Belmar PD officers being paid through the D’Jais arrangement to stand out front(watching all the violations) is a conflict of interest. They turn a blind eye to enforcing the ordinances – free food, soda and pretty ladies on line while on duty. Like with animal houses, D’Jais should need to hire Monmouth County Sherrifs officers instead of Belmar PD.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Read the Coast Star today. Belmar section filled with gum drops and lolly pops articles put out by the ruling regime along with a “puke letter to the editor”. Meanwhile Sea Girt submitted an article with headline “sea girt police report arrests for holiday weekend” with quotes from the Chief. From Wall we have articles titled “police nab alleged heroin dealer after routine stop” and “cops nab three suspected drug dealers over the weekend” again with quotes from senior PD officials. Think this type of stuff is not happening in Belmar? It is but swept under the rug aggressively.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    Check out your taxes vs Djais. Add up your services vs Djais.

    Add the future pension pay outs as a result of DJAIS day and Nightclub operations in Belmat.

    You DECIDE where you want your tax dollars spent.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
  21. Katrina wrote:

    We were one of those buyers that Ken Pringle describes having bought our house in 2002 on B St sandwiched between the Trop and DJS. The reason we bought was because word was out that Belmar was cleaning up from the chaos of my youth. I remember Ken and I think it was the code enforcement guy walking the streets at the beginning of summer and introducing themselves, welcoming renters to the neighborhood and handing out fact sheets on quality of life rules. They thought we were renters at first because our house was very small and a lttile rundown. We had sheriffs cars on the blocks around us and there is no doubt that helped stem the tide of awful behavior. That all stopped with this administration. My question is three fold. Are those ordinances still in place? Would they include Lake Como now? And the DJS comment about using our police officers ( which I hear now includes LC bars) is that a conflict of interest? There is no doubt some ofthe increased mayhem stems from there. I believe they were granted increased occupency afew years back ( which in itself is crazy) and they deffinetely dump over drunk people on the streets. Vikki thank you for your work and I for one would join the Neighborhood Watch and be a street captain. Can I assume the group is no longer in exsistance? And Ken, Belmar lost so much the day you retired

    Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  22. DJAIS DRUNKARD wrote:

    Some Belmar COPS are my BIGGEST HOMIES. We gonna tear it uP this WWEEEKAND baybayabaybayay

    SHots shots shots shots

    If you can’t handle your LIQUOR get OUTTA town!!!

    Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  23. eric wrote:

    We have an animal house on our block, 16th ave right next to my home. I called the police at least a dozen times this summer, and yet the renters were there week in and week out with no obvious results. What the hell can we do?

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Eric: the remedies are as wriiten above. Your mother, God rest her soul, put up with years of abusive behavior in her twilight years. Very sad but many called to help her neighborhood. Be Proactive and Call the police when your quality of life is impacted by maraudering rowdies. You have every right to enjoy your family home without fear of retaliation. The police have been specific if there is no call/report then there is no problem. Call Captain Cox for help.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

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