BELMAR, NJ — The Borough of Belmar received disappointing news that the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey will not be renewing its lease for the property on Seventh Avenue that provides space to the borough.

The Belmar Public Library currently utilizes this space to provide programs for our residents. In addition to the library, many other civic groups and organizations hold regular meetings and programs at the former church building. 

Councilman James McCracken recently toured the building and spoke to many of the volunteers. The McCracken and Carvelli Team is committed to working with the library's Board of Trustees and other organizations to evaluate programs and space needs to ensure that the residents of Belmar are not adversely affected by the church's decision not to renew the lease with the borough. 

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