BELMAR, NJ — Under a state of emergency issued by Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer in response to the coronavirus outbreak, all municipal offices will be closed indefinitely to the public and most programs will be suspended starting tomorrow, March 16.

There are no changes to trash and recycling collection, and the Belmar Recycling Center will remain open.

 “To our knowledge, there is no specific issue in our community now,” Walsifer said in a statement. “However, the health and safety of our employees, first responders, residents, business owners and visitors remain our top priority.”

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Here is a rundown of what’s included in the directive:

  • While the Belmar Municipal Building at 601 Main Street will be closed to the public, the borough’s front office staff will be working from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 732-681-3700.
  • The police department lobby will be closed to the public until further notice. Call 911 in the event of an emergency and 732-681-1700 for nonemergency issues.
  • The Belmar and Lake Como municipal court sessions are canceled until further notice. Individuals with scheduled court appearances will receive new court dates in the mail. Call 732-681-3700 and follow the prompts for any questions.
  • The Belmar Public Library is closed until further notice and all library programs will be postponed.
  • All Belmar recreation programs are canceled until further notice.
  • The Taylor Pavilion and the Belmar Historical Society will be closed until further notice. 
  • The Belmar Council meeting on Tuesday, March 17 will be held as scheduled at 6 p.m., but visit the borough’s website for information on future meetings.
  • The Belmar Planning Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 is canceled. 
  • Tax and water payments can be mailed to 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719. Payments can also be made online by clicking here.
  • Pickup of Belmar seasonal beach badges is suspended until further notice, although they can still be purchased online by clicking here. Badges can be mailed for a fee of $10 or picked up once the municipal building is reopened.

In addition, most forms and applications for municipal documents, including construction permits, can be found online by clicking here.

Marriage licenses can be obtained by appointment only by contacting the municipal clerk, 732-681-3700, ext. 225 or email clerk@belmar.com. For certified copies of marriage licenses: call the municipal clerk to schedule an appointment if the record is required immediately. Otherwise, visit https://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/order-vital/online-requests/index.shtml to order records online from the state Office of Vital Statistics & Registry. 

There is a mail slot located in the front lobby off the municipal building's Main Streetentrance to drop off payments for the court, tax and water, construction permits, applications and other documents. The door will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

For Mayor Walsifer’s entire message to the community, click here. For the state of emergency declaration, click here.

For the latest developments, visit the Belmar website or Facebook page

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