Government

June 18, 2021

BELMAR, NJ — Negotiations over the purchase of the former Belmar First Aid Squad headquarters appear to have hit a roadblock as Belmar and squad officials disagree over a deed restriction in the squad’s latest proposal. Although both parties agreed to a purchase price of $1.443 million, Belmar ...

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Council Adopts Ordinance after Verizon Wireless Takes Borough to Court Over Stalled Beachfront Plan BELMAR, NJ — Faced with the near-certainty that new poles for wireless service will be coming to the Belmar beachfront, borough officials have taken action to establish rules for the aesthetics ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A local developer has withdrawn its bid to purchase the former Belmar First Aid Squad headquarters, potentially keeping Belmar in the running to acquire the property, where it wants to base the borough’s new Emergency Services Division. During the Belmar Council’s June 1 meeting, ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — With Belmar’s municipal offices closed on Memorial Day, recyclables will be collected by Public Works on the following day — Tuesday, June 1. However, there will be regular trash collection on Monday, May 31 for Belmar residents in Zone 1 — from Ocean Avenue to B Street — ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has lost to a local developer in bidding to purchase the former Belmar First Aid Squad property for its new Emergency Medical Services Division. Down to Earth Construction LLC submitted the highest bid of $1.443 million to purchase the site, compared to Belmar’s bid of $1.160 ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Smoking marijuana in any form has been banned from all public property in Belmar, including the beachfront. The borough council on May 18 approved two ordinances that come in response to the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana. While Belmar has prohibited smoking ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Verizon Wireless has taken legal action against Belmar for allegedly delaying its plans to place 19 new cell poles along the Ocean Avenue boardwalk. The telecommunications giant is seeking an immediate order so that it can begin installing the “small wireless facilities” in public ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is looking to make the defunct Belmar First Aid Squad’s headquarters the home of its new Emergency Medical Services Division. The shuttered, privately owned building at 414 Ninth Avenue is currently up for sale with sealed bids being accepted until May 20. At the request of ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Less than three months after the Belmar First Aid Squad announced it would be permanently shutting down, the delivery of emergency medical services is now a borough-run operation. Since the official switchover on April 1, borough officials report that is has been a seamless ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Heather Albala-Doyle has assumed a seat on the Lake Como Council — the second time in less than two months that the governing body has appointed a new member. During the council's March 29 virtual meeting, Albala-Doyle was sworn in by Mayor Kevin Higgins after the governing body ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is on track to begin providing Belmar and Lake Como residents with emergency medical services on April 1. With the closure of the financially beleaguered Belmar First Aid Squad on March 31, the borough council at its March 16 meeting unanimously approved an ordinance to ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como Councilwoman Virginia “Ginny” Kropac has resigned from the governing body, as she no longer is a full-time borough resident. During the council’s March 2 remote meeting, Kropac read into the record her letter of resignation, expressing gratitude for serving on the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Council has taken another step to ensure that residents continue to receive emergency medical services when the Belmar First Aid Squad closes its doors in less than a month. The governing body introduced an ordinance on March 2 to establish a Division of Emergency ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Peter Ventrice is the newest member of Lake Como Council, taking the seat of David Gardner, who resigned last month before starting his new term. During the council's February 2 virtual meeting, Ventrice took the oath of office from Mayor Kevin Higgins after the governing body ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With the closure of the financially strapped Belmar First Aid Squad looming, Belmar officials are exploring its options to ensure Belmar and Lake Como residents will have emergency medical services after March 31. While the borough’s first choice is to shift the 93-year-old squad's ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Since Belmar and Lake Como has not had a major snowfall in several years, here’s a brief refresher of each borough’s ordinance when it comes to snow removal. For Belmar Residents: No vehicles are permitted on Belmar streets so that the Department of Public Works can ...

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ — Citing security concerns and in an effort "to help the district and nation move toward unity during this difficult time," Rep. Chris Smith has shut down his Twitter account. "Divisive and hate-filled tweets have become far too frequent and impede the healing so needed ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Choked by mounting financial and operational woes, Belmar First Aid Squad has given official notice that it will cease operations on March 31 — after 93 years of service. “The stress of operating the BFAS at a deficit in these uncertain times — along with the hours required to ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — One of two incumbents elected in November returned to the Lake Como Council on January 5, as Nicholas De Mauro took his seat and the resignation of David Gardner was announced before the start of his second term. De Mauro began his first full term on the six-member governing body ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Thomas Brennan entered his third term on the Belmar Council on January 5, remaining the longest-serving member on the governing body. While its most-senior member traditionally serves as council president — a role Brennan has filled for two years — he passed that baton to ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como is tightening the reins on landlords with rowdy summer renters. It will now take two quality-of-life violations — rather than three — for the seasonal rental property to risk being shut down by the borough. The borough council on December 15 unanimously approved ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has expanded online services offered through its website, making it easier to complete applications for permits, licenses and requests for services, obtain property information and submit concerns to borough departments. The borough has partnered with GovPilot to utilize its ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — After purchasing the former South Belmar First Aid Squad building on 18th Avenue last year, Lake Como now is acquiring the adjacent residential property. The borough council on December 15  approved a bond ordinance to purchase and finance 705 18th Avenue for $285,000 from ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como will receive a total of $430,000 in state Municipal Aid grants for road improvement projects. While Belmar will utilize its $185,000 in funding for repairs to 15th Avenue, Lake Como’s $245,000 grant will fund ongoing road improvements on 17th ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s noise ordinance is now in line with state noise control regulations, but with borough-specific penalties for violators. The borough council on October 20 unanimously approved the new measure, establishing decibel standards and enforcement procedures included in New ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After a summer marred by disruptive and disorderly summer renters, the Belmar Council is clamping down on “animal house” landlords by fast-tracking the borough’s authority to shut down seasonal rental properties with quality-of-life violations. The governing body on October 20 ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Michael Campbell plans to retire as superintendent of Belmar’s Department of Public Works, following claims last week that he was seen verbally harassing a 22-year-old employee with special needs. Borough Business Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum on September 28 confirmed ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s traffic pattern has shifted into off-season mode. That means the return of two-way traffic on 17th Avenue from B Street to Main Street and New Bedford Road, and weekend parking on the southbound side of 18th Avenue from Main Street to New Bedford Road.  The one-way, ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como residents living around Joe’s Surf Shack should no longer hear the clanking of beer bottles into commercial trash bins between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. In renewing Fahey Hospitality Group’s annual liquor license, the borough council extended by two hours the daily prohibition ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Despite a swell of opposition from the community, the Belmar Council is proceeding with a grant application to construct a pedestrian bridge to Silver Lake island, where many species of waterfowl call home.  The borough is seeking a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) ...

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