BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Police Department reports that a “pop-up car meet” may take place this evening, March 9, in the area of Eighth and Ocean Avenues.
“Measures are being taken by the department to make sure all residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable evening,” the department said in a Facebook post. “If you have an emergency, please do not hesitate to contact the police department.”
The alert comes in the wake of two recent impromptu car rallies that occurred in Belmar, attracting hundreds of visitors to the beachfront on January 11 and then again on February 24.
On both nights, the events caused congestion along Ocean Avenue for several hours after 8 p.m. and resulted in numerous complaints over noise and safety concerns from residents. Neither event resulted in any arrests, but tickets were written for parking and motor vehicle violations.
At the Belmar Council’s March 3 meeting, Borough Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum addressed the issue, saying that people have the right to gather. “You can’t stop people from coming into town. You have to make sure they respect your ordinances and laws,” he said. “What you can do is manage it and have good intelligence.”
Tonight’s rally is being billed on social media as “Belmar: The Last Ride.”
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