Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty Heads to Atlantic City for Key Casino Authority Post

March 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — A month after declining the position as chief administrator of the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty has taken another state job — but he won’t be headed to Trenton.

Instead, he is now traveling to Atlantic City, where he has been tapped as deputy executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

Although ...

Belmar’s Revamp of Lifeguard Staff Met with Ongoing Resistance from Beach Patrol Veterans

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar moves forward to bring aboard a new beach patrol — from top to bottom — longtime lifeguards continue to question the process and once again brought their concerns to the borough council.

At the governing body’s March 6 meeting, a handful of lifeguards reiterated their opposition to the restructuring of the 80-member patrol — a recommendation ...

Belmar Dumps Special Monday Trash Pick-Up for Summer Renters

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has tossed out its special Monday garbage pick-up for summer renters.

The policy allowed for seasonal renters and landlords to place their trash at the curb for collection on Monday, regardless of their neighborhood’s regular trash pick-up schedule, to help them keep properties clean after the weekend.

What happened instead is that all types of trash — ...

Belmar Hit by Wave of Criticism from Lifeguards on Beach Patrol Overhaul

BELMAR, NJ — Sweeping changes to Belmar’s lifeguard operations has stirred up a swell of criticism from this corps of seasonal employees vital to beachfront safety.

During the Belmar Council’s meeting on February 20, nearly a dozen lifeguards — most with years of experience along the borough’s 1.3-mile beachfront — spoke out against the borough’s ...

Verizon's Plan to Bring Free Wi-Fi to Belmar Beachfront Faces Cloudy Future

BELMAR, NJ — After learning that the light poles along the Belmar boardwalk are not in the public right-of-way, Verizon is not so eager to bring free wireless service to the borough’s beachfront this summer.

The major reason for the change of heart: Belmar would need to go out to bid for the project since the 22 light poles that Verizon would be replacing to extend its wireless ...

Belmar Launches Search for New Lifeguard Team to Hit Beach this Season

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is looking to revamp its lifeguard staff for the upcoming season, starting at the top.

The borough council recently authorized the establishment of a selection committee to recruit “the best and brightest” lifeguards to stand over its 1.3-mile beachfront, focusing a new management team that will lead the new 70-member squad.

The decision to take the ...

Deadline Tightens to Bring Free Wi-Fi to Belmar Beachfront by Memorial Day

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar and Verizon officials continue to hammer out the details of a plan to bring free wireless and enhanced cellular service to the Belmar beachfront by Memorial Day.

But the longer it takes for a deal to be approved, the less likely the project could be completed by that date — if at all, according to Robert McGuckin of Tilson Technology, a Clifton-based authorized ...

Belmar’s Seeks Bids for Beach Chair and Umbrella Rental Operation

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar wants to get out of the beach chair and umbrella rental business.

After running the beachfront concession for three seasons, the borough is seeking bids to have the operation taken over by an outside vendor under a “point-of-service” model, similar to how it’s now done in nearby Asbury Park, said Belmar Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly.

It ...

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