BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar’s summer renters move in this weekend, they will quickly learn there will be “zero tolerance” for any behavior that violates coronavirus-related restrictions and longstanding borough laws, according to officials.
That means following social distancing guidelines and keeping their gatherings to no more than 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors — in addition to keeping the noise down and not becoming a public nuisance to their year-round neighbors.
And with the 11 bars in Belmar and neighboring Lake Como currently closed, the Belmar Police Department is shifting its entire focus to the residential streets during the evening and early-morning hours. Police officers will be patrolling the borough on foot, bicycles and in cars to ensure all rules and regulations are followed.
“We made a list of the addresses of all the rental properties and gave it to the police department so that officers know what’s on every (certificate of occupancy),” said Borough Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum.
“This is not new for our police department, he said. “Police Chief Tina Scott has a team in place… and a plan in place, and they’re ready to go.”
Residents are encouraged to call the police at 9-1-1 with any issues at any time. Fines for quality-of-life offenses, including noise, disorderly conduct, public drinking or urinating, and playing beer pong or any alcoholic game in public view, range from $350 to $2,000 for each person involved. For more information, click here.
In addition, the borough’s code enforcement officials have been in contact with all owners of seasonal rentals to put them on notice of the strict enforcement policies, which also includes adherence to the borough’s “animal house” ordinance.
Click here to learn more about an animal house designation, which holds landlords responsible for the actions of summer renters and gives the borough the authority to require a landlord to post a bond of up to $5,000 and to revoke a landlord’s certificate of occupancy due to the conduct of summer tenants.
Click here for a list of the nearly 200 summer rentals that hold animal house designations for having repeated violations of quality-of-life ordinances.
Click here for a list of all summer rentals with violations that occurred during the 2019 season.
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