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Yes, Property Rights And Development ARE American

But redevelopment law, PILOT cutouts and “public-private partnerships”…maybe not so much.


Republished from the Coast Star with their gracious permission:


  1. Average Joe wrote:

    How the hell does he know that beach goers want internet access? Maybe took a survey? Had a few focus groups? This is a way above average assumption.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  2. de ja vu wrote:

    SLH mayor speaks of cost cutting and tax stabilization. Belmar mayor speaks of more spending and more development. Not ONE mention of taxes. Thank you all for re-voting these people back in office. I was of the staunch vocal opposition to the Doherty crew. This new bunch is very disappointing.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:46 am | Permalink
  3. Another Highrise wrote:

    As I said in a previous post…This crew is just more of the same! Develop, develop, develop. Who cares about the people who already live here when we can create more ratables!!!

    We need people on the council that aren’t just a bunch of rubber stampers. People who take the time to understand what they are voting on (and implications) before they vote.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  4. Sandra Caputo wrote:

    #1 Average Joe – I also wonder about this.
    I don’t know anyone, any age, that goes onto public wifi.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  5. Enough wrote:

    “Redevelopment is going to happen. This is America” Mayor, your elected by the people of this town. If the people dont want it and want the town to remain the quaint town it was when they bought here, you should listen to them. I’m sure the mayors of Spring Lake, Sea Girt and Avon would listen to their constituents.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    #5 you cannot compare Sea Girt, Avon and Spring Lake to Belmar. It was never and will never be like any of those towns!

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  7. Clueless wrote:

    #6- Well you can certainly compare the philosophies of our mayor compared to Sea Girt, Avon and Spring Lake. And this guys thoughts SUCK

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  8. eugene creamer wrote:

    it sounds like more redevelopment cannons are loose on the deck

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  9. Another Highrise wrote:

    #6 People always say this, but I’m not sure I agree. Look at ocean ave. That has become pretty close to the towns you mentioned, from something that was very different.

    All I’m saying is we need to decide what we want our town to be like. Giant apartment buildings and uncontrolled development in the name of adding rate-ables is not my vision for the future of Belmar.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
  10. Enough wrote:

    #6. I’m not comparing Belmar to those towns aesthetically. I know Belmaris and always will be different. My point is, the people don’t want it and the mayors of those towns listen and are sympathetic to the people they serve.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
  11. callmecynical wrote:

    Money talks, quaintness walks.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  12. Anon wrote:

    The whole of downtown IS in a redevelopment zone already. Done partially under Ken Pringle and expanded under under Matt D. That’s the reality

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  13. admin wrote:

    Repeal the redevelopment law.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  14. Taxes wrote:

    #9- Let me say something loud and clear. RATABLES DO NOT REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES. I would repeat it but I think you get the message. In this town, with the mentality of those people we have in charge, it will actually increase taxes. Take that to the bank.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
  15. Guest wrote:

    5, as many have said this past year, they are NOT listening!

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Ok boomers.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    #10 “The people don’t want it”? Do they even know what it is yet? Hear them out. This is America. As long as developers stay within the guidelines set forth by the town, they can develop.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
  18. AreYaKiddin? wrote:

    It’s funny how a few squeaky wheels on here didn’t translate to votes for the Dems or Bean. It’s almost like the majority of people in town disagree with all of you.

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 11:50 pm | Permalink
  19. Sand and Sea Only wrote:

    Sorry, but no, we do not need to offer public wifi at the beach.

    Remember when the credit card machines were not working last summer and no one could charge beach badges? At first, according to a front page article in The Coast Star on August 1st, the borough blamed the software company.

    Then from the August 6 council meeting minutes: “Maria Rodinaro, Pinetree, asked if the credit card machines are working. Mayor Walsifer stated they aren’t working, it’s been a problem the whole summer. The bandwidth isn’t enough with the large amount of people. Working with Verizon to address it.”

    So now we want to put MORE people online? Do we really need this headache? Is this really a priority issue? NO. Literally NO ONE has problems getting online at the beach, except for the people who actually run the beach. Fix the staff access and be done with it. Don’t we have better things to throw our (raised) tax dollars at?

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 12:12 am | Permalink
  20. Think wrote:

    Perverts need free WiFi so they can broadcast hidden cameras,why would Belmar town council assist them.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:20 am | Permalink
  21. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    In the articles yesterday about our town there wasn’t one word about cutting spending.
    The “grant” money comes with strings attached that require towns to spend. And to cap it all off,that male dingbat, Brennan talks about sending trees somewhere else to build dunes.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:24 am | Permalink
  22. Another Highrise wrote:

    #17 That is the whole problem! Developers AREN’T ‘staying within the guidelines set forth by the town’! They are getting properties spot-zoned increasing density, reducing parking, and taking end runs around zoning. And this administration is doing it all for them.

    Someone had mentioned that the mayor is a developer himself with a project on memorial. I don’t know if that is true. But when this crew was campaigning they made a lot of promises about keeping development under control (and reasonable!). I don’t see that happening.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am | Permalink
  23. Aileen wrote:

    I sign into public wifi often. It pops up when I’m searching something and I utilize it. I would never do banking or even conduct work (send emails, etc) with free wifi, but why not use it when researching anything that you might think of? For example, I was in a diner in the Catskills last week when my son was talking about a project for his film class. We searched classic George Lucas film shots in the Phoenician Diner on their wifi…..thanks Phoenician Diner!

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  24. admin wrote:

    What kind of food do Phoenicians eat?

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  25. Sand and Sea Only wrote:

    When your house is on fire, you don’t throw more wood on it. And according to a lot of folks, the House of Belmar is on fire. To the tune of $30 million+ (which is about what it cost to make the Lucas stinker Howard the Duck).

    Free wifi is great and beneficial to restaurants and small businesses, I’ve used it too! But when you can’t operate your multi-million-dollar-beachfront because the staff can’t process charges properly, because there are too many people online, you don’t solve the problem by adding more people. Fix the necessary hardware/software issues first, then give out some nice beach amenities. OR switch permanently to a purely cash operation and eliminate the potential for problems like we had last summer.

    And BTW, since it’s beachfront, will maintenance or associated costs come out of the beach utility? Isn’t the utility broke? Or let me guess, we’re making some deal with Verizon where it will be free?? We’ve heard that one before.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  26. eugene creamer wrote:

    Phoenicians eat trout caught in the Esopus Creek

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  27. Aileen wrote:

    Idk – Phoney food? haha. Actually it was a really good diner.

    I agree with not spending money on stuff we don’t need but thought the wifi fight is not the good fight. We have other fish to fry (not from Esopus Creek;).

    We have to make sure developers make us whole (which is possible with each deal) and we need storm mitigation.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
  28. Lets move forward wrote:

    Redevelopment does work, and usually triples the amount of revenue generated by the property previously before it was developed. As I am only privy to the latest few projects in town, that has been the case. With very little to no students added to our school.That is a huge win for tax payers. As far as I can see there are 5-10 residents that either live right next door or on occasion the resident that just doesn’t want to see development at all that show up to these meetings. While the balance of say 4-5,000 residents that see the benefit and enjoy their community grow.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
  29. OLD MAN wrote:

    #28 Did you ask everyone?

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm | Permalink
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    #28- Here’s the problem with the, alleged amount of extra revenue generated: It puts more money in the hands of Politicians who have nothing better to do but spend it. It puts a toll on our infra-structures and services. More people are needlessly hired, because Politicians need jobs for their friends. Taxes, tax rates, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go down. Employees are very expensive. Case in point with the present crew, I bet bottom dollar that whatever they figure out with this Police Dept. structure

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
  31. Revenue wrote:

    More revenue puts more money in the hands of Politicians who will spend it needlessly giving jobs to their friends. Taxes NEVER NEVER NEVER go down.

    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

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