BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s Huisman Gazebo at Silver Lake has been treated to a fall facelift, courtesy of the borough’s public works department.

A work crew spent October 4 repairing and repainting the landmark structure after a busy summer took its toll on the photographic hotspot for weddings, proms and other special occasions.

In fact, the gazebo was left in such disrepair over the course of the summer that the borough plans on requiring a $50 application fee, and possibly a security deposit, for every gathering at the picturesque location beginning next year. Those funds would be earmarked for its ongoing maintenance. Currently, only a permit at no charge is needed for public use.

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The cleanup of the Huisman Gazebo comes just in time for the rededication of Ferruggiaro Park on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. The park, which surrounds Silver Lake, is named for longtime Borough Commissioner John Ferruggiaro, who died in 1997 at age 93.

“People were nailing things into the wood, using staples, and left the place a real mess,” said Councilman Mark Walsifer, who brought up the topic during the borough council’s October 2 meeting. “There were balloons, food (left). It was out of control this summer.”

During his 28-year stint as recreation director through to 2007, Mayor Brian Magovern said he always remembered a fee being charged to use the gazebo — a policy that changed at some point since then, although no one could recall when.

"It should go back to the way it was," said Magovern, who supports both the application fee and security deposit.

Meanwhile, the cleanup of the Huisman Gazebo comes just in time for the rededication of  Ferruggiaro Park on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. The park, which surrounds Silver Lake, is named for longtime Borough Commissioner John Ferruggiaro, who died in 1997 at age 93.

The borough community will gather with family members and friends for the ceremonial event to replace the park’s commemorative plaque and monument, which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.

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