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Sunday Poll Question



  1. Tom Burke wrote:

    I do not think all the options are presented for reader your readers consideration.
    I would support a combination of numbers 2 and 3. The public safety (or a version of that which was proposed) could be built mostly if not with Beach utility monies.

    The replacement of what was The Taylor Pavilion I feel should be built similar to what it was, but to modern standards. I do feel that perhaps as much as 25 to 30 percent of that cost could be arguably be covered with beach revenues. The balance would be taxpayer responsibility. Insurance and FEMA monies would seem to still be available for the replacement of the building lost due to the storm.

    To say to build at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers suggests to me the building of a lesser structure. If we do build it, and I think we should, it should be built to useful and necessary standards. All of this of course would have to be after amble public discussion and debate on the options. Just my view.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:38 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I had to keep the choices short but what I meant by “lowest possible cost” is no “responsible bidder” requirements, no million dollar engineerings costs etc and no grand palaces. Simple, useful buildings built to code with the lowest cost for quality labor and materials legally possible and paid for in a legal manner.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 6:20 am | Permalink
  3. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Last November …. Belmar voters overwhelmingly supported the preservation of open space …. The Ocean Beach is a special area and the most valuable open space in the Borough …. especially, the sand beach north of 10th Avenue ….
    South of 10th Avenue …. the beach is degraded by the inferior quality sand placed by the Army Corps of Engineers …. that beach may improve over geologic time.
    Until then …. the Borough should preserve the precious northern beach in its natural state for all to enjoy …. Pavilions would only spoil some of our limited resource.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:48 am | Permalink
  4. Resident wrote:

    Tom Burke you are ridiculous, building at at the lowest cost does not mean trading quality or hurricane standards. It means building within a budget taxpayers can afford, if they choose to to rebuild. Until you understand that you should conduct research to learn FEMA regulations regarding obtaining reimbursement for replacing structures damaged from Sandy.

    Leave everything alone and definitely nothing should be built while the current mayor is in office. It’s not just the building of pavilions it is the grandiose plans and the ongoing costs we will burden forever to operate the pavilions. Remember we now have an administrator that earns over $100,000 a year. We also have a $1000 per week consultant to help her AND a confidential secretary to also assist the administrator. Recently there was the hiring of a marina director to help her as well. Before we had an incredibly competent CFO Robin Kirk who assumed many if not all of the current administrator’s duties. WE NEED TO STOP SPENDING THIS IS A SMALL BEACH TOWN. Fix the damn marina get that going and giving us revenue. Let’s wait and see what happens downtown with all the new bars coming in and see how we do with traffic and revenue. Remember when Matt says jump we don’t have to.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  5. sweetiepieface wrote:

    Beach sand is like that of Oahu. The hotels have to ship in sand for their beaches so it covers the gravel, injurious ground cover. No charge beach. Now you know why. Belmar… learn your lessons now. Charge for the beaches that don’t require shoes to get into the ocean

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  6. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    I just hope there are no pavilions put up. The boardwalk is enough. Everything is fine the way it is now. Leave well enough alone.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  7. Is it legal? wrote:

    #4. Since 2012, The strong may/ weak council decided that there was no need to follow the law. Belmar Administration Ordinance 2-12 ( j) is very clear about especially creating new positions and hiring without consent and approval of the council.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  8. alfonso wrote:

    We don’t need no stinkin’ pavilions. Badges, unfortunately, yes.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  9. Just Passing Through wrote:

    #1 all bidders must conform to state regulations also they must post a performance bond so in the event the contractor or vendor does not finish the job for any reason the bond is forfeited.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  10. Judy wrote:

    Do nothing! Pay off the Debt we have before spending more money. We can’t keep using The Beach Utilities on every thing. If we have a bad Summer Season and there no money and who ends up paying? We will The Belmar taxpayers. I don’t mind a Public Safety Building if the funds are available now.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  11. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #10 – Don’t get bamboozled by the “S” word (safety). That word is tossed around to make people fearful so the politicians can extract money from the taxpayers. Everything’s been fine and will remain so without a clubhouse for the different groups to run around in.

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  12. Call Avon wrote:

    They should sit down with the people that run Avon and find out how you rebuild your beach front , public works buildings and a marina all since Sandy and all done in house and a huge $avings to the tax payer. Oh wait Belmar couldn’t do that what would Maggie and the unions say. Please forget everything I just said.

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  13. elemental wrote:

    Now just wait for Jennifer to play the kid-card regarding the pavilions. Someplace to hold events, like dances, etc., for the children. Do it for the kids. Blah blah blah. If anything, safety first, but even that is a stretch. The ambulance is always ready to transport people to the hospital if necessary.

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  14. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Beach Report :
    Belmar ocean beach sand …. north of the Mayfair Hotel …. looks great this year.
    A good indicator of the environmental condition of the beach is shorebird nesting success …. mostly at the north end beach …. hopefully, rare and endangered transient species return this season.
    The L Street beach looks nice in passing …. 5/4/2015.

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm | Permalink
  15. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Good morning Gene, Your observation of the L street beach is correct as far as it goes. I saw the beach being graded as I walked by the other day and by eye it does look good. But on the other hand, the rest rooms were closed all last year and they’ve put another port-o-san there again already this year. So let’s see if they don’t open the rest rooms again for another year.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00 am | Permalink
  16. Robert wrote:

    I still feel that the town should buy the old Acme and convert that space to a town / community center. Maybe make it a modern adult library with community and conference rooms…. (leave the 10th ave one as the children’s library).

    Could bring more traffic to the main street area.

    Saw this article, and thought it to be a novel idea:

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:29 am | Permalink
  17. Huh? wrote:

    Bring back the pavilion building, it had lots of interesting events. I like the golf on the roof idea too.

    Also, get the Acme building and use it for adult library or senior center. Build a spot to help the seniors have a place to go to socialize and perhaps get meals too.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

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