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Sunshine And Joy

Coincidentally, but totally appropriately, I can report that my friend Joy DeSanctis has filed a government records lawsuit under the Sunshine Law during National Sunshine Week.

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Her suit demands Belmar to produce records of correspondence between the Borough and FEMA to see if she can find out if we did receive $5.4 million for the pavilions – as the mayor claimed in a letter to the voters days before last year’s referendum.  If she finds we did receive the whole $5.4 million, she wants to know where it all went.

More Monmouth Musings published a very good story about it which I have embedded below.  Please click on “CONTINUED”.



Belmar won’t disclose where FEMA money is,

Resident sues for records

Where is the $5.4 million that Matt Doherty claimed FEMA gave Belmar for Taylor Pavilion? Gov Chris Christie and his favorite mayor, Matt Doherty of Belmar, on the boardwalk celebrating Sandy recovery. The ongoing controversy over the rebuilding of the beach pavilions in Belmar has resulted in yet another law suit filed against the Borough by…


  1. linlee wrote:

    Joy, I applaud and deeply appreciate your tenacity, focus, and courageous efforts to reveal the truth for the benefit of all Belmar residents.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Joy: Brains, purposeful, beauty, always ETHICAL with integrity and honor is showing how hard it is to get ANSWERS we lawfully have a right to see and understand.

    She does not believe we should have a government that works underground but, rather she wants the SUN to SHINE through all the barriers so all the people don’t have to be SHEEPEOPLE. Thank you.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  3. legion wrote:

    Obviously the mayor spoke threateningly (We will go around you, through you, etc.) to the wrong person. Hurrah!

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:04 am | Permalink
  4. Let The Sun Shine In wrote:
    Everyone sing along…. Happy Sunshine Law week in Belmar.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  5. A Voter 2 wrote:

    The money went away the same way the Shop Rite gift cards went or they donated to some other organization, or they spent it at another Democratic “fundraiser” Are they that stupid not to account for the money???

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Has anyone requested any similar information from FEMA itself? Wouldn’t they also have records of communications?

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  7. Resident wrote:

    I can confirm a FOIA Freedom of Information Act request was submitted. FOIA requests can take months, a lot of months, before receiving a response.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm | Permalink
  8. Love the Beach wrote:

    Just blows my mind the lack of public disclosure of this governing body and its employees to residents. Also shameful that a resident has to sue to obtain financial information. The financial officer, administrator, governing body and, no doubt the engineer know darn well what funds have been committed by any agency for projects. There must be financial worksheets done prior to introducing bond ordinances. I hope all this blows up in their faces for their arrogance.

    Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:24 am | Permalink

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