BELMAR, NJ —  Belmar Council members Jim McCracken and Tom Carvelli have responded to public concerns regarding the location of the Autism Beach Bash and the annual church mass with the bishop of the Trenton Diocese, both initially scheduled to take place along the beachfront on September 8.

The council worked with town and church officials to move the annual church mass to Belmar's Maclearie Park, leaving the oceanfront accessible for the Autism Beach Bash.

McCracken-Carvelli have issued the following statement:

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We appreciate the feedback the council received at the public meeting on August 20  from those concerned about the Autism Beach Bash and bishop's mass, which were inadvertently scheduled simultaneously on Sunday, September 8, in close proximity to one another. It was apparent that all constituents were committed to providing for a safe environment for the attendees of both events. 

We would especially like to thank St. Rose Catholic Church and the other parishes involved for moving their mass to Maclearie Park and to the dedicated Belmar officials, including Police Chief Andrew Huisman and Public Works Director Michael Campbell, for working hard to come to a positive resolution. We wish both parties success on their upcoming events. 

Jim McCracken and Tom Carvelli are up for re-election to the Belmar Council in the November 5 election.