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Taylor Locked Up?

Yelp user:

At the time of writing this review (July 2017), the Taylor Pavilion is just beginning to host weddings after a grand opening in May. My fiancé and I were interested in booking the venue and learned from the township that all dates had been pre-reserved by Merri-Makers Catering. If you want the Pavilion, you need to use Merri-Makers.

At first, we were a little disappointed that Merri-Makers had immediately sharked all of the prime-season wedding weekends from the township (in that, we could not rent the venue ourselves directly from the township).



  1. Guest wrote:

    Now this is a shock to anyone? If any bit of this is true, then the business administrator should be immediately fired, the mayor recalled, and every single council person (including the asleep new one) voted out of office.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    Attention Yelp reviewer Lauren L. from Iselin: The FBI and County Prosecutor may want to speak with you.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  3. Lawless wrote:

    Wow !! Is this what Tom Burke had in mind when he said we should all vote yes ? This is Matt’s view of a ” Truly community building ” what he left out is that if anyone from the community wants to use it you will have to go through Merri-Makers. Do we have a copy of the lease with Merri-Makers ? First he sold off your marina now the boardwalk when does it stop ?.If anyone wants to discuss with Claire she will be in the basement of the Church with the other short changed seniors , but don’t worry Matt will still get you that free lunch every month.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  4. OLD MAN wrote:

    Guess I can’t have that for my luncheon after mass when I die.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  5. MM wrote:

    This is an outrage!!!

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  6. Maria wrote:

    No wonder matt wants to work with the seventh avenue church for all the events that will never be at the pavilion. What are we paying for??? Two of the best spots have been give away? What is next. Sell homes on inlet terrace for b@bs????

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  7. Guest wrote:

    Well, so much for putting Belmar residents first!

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  8. Guest wrote:

    Remember a few November’s ago when “It’s about people, not politics”. Who were the people that they were speaking of?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  9. Reader wrote:

    Matt won’t survive this scandal.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  10. One out of many wrote:

    What can I say… an affordable veneto for the people has been locked out by the Borough Administration in Belmar. If you don’t know how to play the game don’t play at all mr. & ms voters.

    Talk about this deal maker.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  11. Guest wrote:

    So after all the mathmatical mumbo-jumbo (sell job) that the pavilions will only cost the taxpayers the cost of a cup of coffee each month, and now we can’t even enjoy that cup of coffee at the Taylor Pavilion?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  12. Reader wrote:

    Share the yelp review page on Facebook.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    You people sound shocked. Matt is a snake and just not a nice person. Remember, he lost EVERY district in Belmar when he ran for Freeholder.
    I wonder how FEMA would feel about this arrangement.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Walsifer should introduce an ordinance that limits the amount of times one entity or person can book the pavilion. He won’t because no backbone- but he should.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink
  15. Beachbum wrote:

    As far as the bonfire option for this Taylor Pavilion wedding venue I believe the town already limits how many there can be on the beach and this should include tho ones at Taylor Pavillion. So how can they be having one anytime they want. The calendar for booking Taylor pavilion should be online and Merry makers should not be allowed to book in advance and be limited to there use and there rental charge should be higher. If they already booked have they paid the town? Sure if low overhead for MM with just having to pay rental fee but charging a full Wedding Price

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink
  16. Family wrote:

    How is this fair? Belmar residents, have to deal with a wedding company to book a weekend family reunion event.Crooks, absolute crooks.This must be stopped, recall the mayor now.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  17. Belle wrote:

    Does anyone know if the any reporters at the Coast Star or APP read this blog?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
  18. watchman wrote:

    Looks like insider deals all the way. The residents were duped big time. Expect to see the so-called 10th Avenue “Safety” Pavilion used for political photo ops as well. And where is that south-end pipe? Matt can’t make money on that – yet.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  19. Hmm? wrote:

    Witnessed guests “considering” the venue this weekend. Would be interesting to hear what’s offered.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
  20. Hmm? wrote:

    From the Taylor Pavilion Webpage on the Boro’s website. Have the applications, deposits etc. been paid for (at the time of application) prior to blocking all dates for Merri-Makers?

    We’re thrilled you are interested in having your event in Belmar. We love Taylor Pavilion and the rules exist to keep our facility in excellent shape. Below you will find a few of our rules and regulations, for a complete listing of our rules and pricing please see the attached application. Please Click Here For the 2017 Application.

    The Pavilion may be rented and reserved by submitting an application to the Business Administrator at 601 Main Street, Belmar NJ 07719. The associated application fee, facility fee, security deposit (if any) and insurance (if any) must be supplied at the time of application.

    The level of sound emanating from your event must be kept so as not to bother the neighbors. The person in charge of the event is responsible to ensure the level sound is appropriate. Events with either live bands or D.J.; all interior and exterior doors along Ocean Avenue must be closed so as to limit the sound heard on Ocean Avenue and the neighborhoods.

    Large events (typically over 75 people) may be required to supply a cleaning company to be approved by the Business Administrator and the cleaning company shall clean up the Pavilion after the event.

    You will be allowed 1 hour prior to your event for decoration and 1 hour after your event for clean-up, however your event must finish no later than11:00 p.m. and the Pavilion must be cleaned, secured and vacated no later than 12:00am. Plan accordingly when requesting the time the frame of your event; the usage fee will capture set-up and clean-up and is calculated from door unlocked to door locked.

    Both liquor supplier and bartenders must be approved and registered with the Borough of Belmar under Borough Ordinance 17, specifically sections 5 and 8.3. Bartenders are needed for ANY event which will be serving beer, wine or spirts. Events with approved alcohol privileges shall comply with all terms and conditions of the permit granting alcohol privileges including paying of the posting of a Belmar Police Officer(s) during the time of the event.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Yuck, this setup just reeks. Need a pavilion for the people. Bad enough other towns rebuilt quicker, now the pavilion is primarily off limits to residents. How about a protest outside the pavilion?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
  22. Guest wrote:

    #13 – True

    #14 – True

    #15 – I’m sure the alcohol consumption after a wedding will continue at the bonfire on the beach and as predicted Merri-Makers got the in on the prime date bookings.

    #16 – This may be the straw that breaks the camels back and people will wake-up to the underhanded nonsense that has been going on. A recall probably is in order.

    #18 – Duh, well of course. The most dangerous place to be in Belmar is being caught in-between Matt Doherty and a camera.

    All of this is truly unbelievable or just one big conspiracy theory which Yelp is now behind.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    This seems like the perfect way to circumvent bid specs and bid law.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
  24. Reader wrote:

    #21 Protest sounds great, when is Murphy coming to town?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
  25. Lawless wrote:

    24 & 21 why wait for Murphy , what’s wrong with the next town meeting ? Everyone gets 5 min. to speak lets say everyone take there 5 min. That is if Matt doesn’t cancel the meeting , what are the odds ? If he does we the people should show up anyway and protest outside. Are they allowing Liquor in a Belmar owned building ? Bartenders are need if serving wine , beer “SPIRTS ” ? I thought that wasn’t allowed ? My money is on the next town meeting being canceled . Once last thought should BA recuse herself from any dealing with Merri-Makers ? Can say conflict ? Maybe Matt can explain to her how that works.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  26. Hmm? wrote:

    What percent of the funds for this Pavilion are taxpayer funds? When the YES voters VOTED did they know they were voting for a Wedding Venue on the Ocean. How does this benefit the Belmar taxpayers?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  27. Guest wrote:

    25 – Recuse – Does that mean the Business Administrator would have to get up and stand in the Time-Out Corner with the Mayor?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  28. Tulip wrote:


    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink
  29. guardian angel wrote:

    If it rains on August 13th and the bishop cannot celebrate the outdoor mass at the Huisman Gazebo, will this mass have to be booked at Taylor Pavilion through Merri Makers? What if he gets bumped again because of an earlier commitment?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  30. belmarguy wrote:

    This is no different then the scalpers buying all the tickets from ticket master. Except the town’s mayor is in on it, its called pay to play. It’s also against the law Matt.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:48 pm | Permalink
  31. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    expectations are the Trenton Bishop would get a Special Event resolution at the M&C meeting

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm | Permalink
  32. Puglife wrote:

    Maybe the Bishop can speak to the Belmar town council about deceit.

    the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  33. dizzy wrote:

    I can see it now – the mayor, council members and Ms. Colleen dressed in fire retardant gear if they attend this mass – hellfire threat, ya know. Doherty extends his hand to welcome the Bishop and whoom! That would make a cute little video.

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  34. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    “Just Awful!”

     Reviewed 1 week ago

    We wanted to love this place. We were so excited to have a new place on the water at the Jersey Shore. But to be honest, I don’t know which was worse – the awful food or the terrible service. We went there today on a beautiful Sunday evening. They are doing a great business because of the great setting on the water. There was a long wait and we went to the bar to have a drink. When we scored two great seats at the bar with a great view we decided we would just sit there to eat. The bartender who took our drink order could not have been more unfriendly, bored, rude – I could go on and on. And when we placed our dinner order with him, his disinterest only got worse. He basically wasn’t even listening to our order, that’s how disinterested he was. We had no doubt at all that the simple order we were putting in would be all screwed up, and it was. My husband had to sit with his food as it got cold because the server brought my dinner and it wasn’t what I ordered. By the time my food came, my husband’s was inedible. Here’s a message to the owners who are probably sitting there very smug because business is booming, it’s the new game in town. Well, the word is out on how awful the place is. We had heard that already but wanted to check it out ourselves. So now we know as do the other customers that were sitting at the bar with us and had the exact same reaction of how bad it all was. We will never come back and more and more customers are going to feel that way. Improve the terrible food. And fire or retrain those bartenders in their black and white checked shirts. Tell them the customer is not the enemy, there is no need to treat us with complete distain – they won’t have a job without us. This restaurant is so awful it’s hard to believe it will stay in business five years from now despite the great location. No one wants to waste their money on such a bad dining experience!

    The review ” Just Awful” about the Mayor’s premier attraction The Marina Grill says a great deal about what is promised versus what is delivered.Visited July 2017

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  35. One out of many wrote:

    Taylor Pavillion, Belmar, NJ: Ticket Scalping techniques followed by Merijerkers.

    Where’s Bruce when you need him?

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  36. MAD wrote:

    I grew up in Belmar. It was a nice small beach town. Now it has been SOLD. Marina View is a piece of garbage but people flock there because of the “view”. Merri_Makers owns Taylor pavilion.
    What’s next? Maybe we can sell Silver Lake!

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  37. One out of many wrote:

    No one wants Silver Lake housing anymore due to the blocked ocean, Blue Acres crime of vehicle parking and event staging site and Porta-potty venue.

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  38. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    Marina Grille and Merri Makers don’t pay town property taxes or SID. How can another business compete against that.

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

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