Doherty’s Lawlessness Costs Belmar Taxpayers

Christie DohertyBelmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty lost in court again this week.

Belmar taxpayers are stuck with a $47,306 legal bill because Doherty placed a fraudulent interpretive statement on a bonding referendum ballot last summer.

Judge Katie Gummer ruled in Monmouth County Superior Court on Wednesday that Belmar taxpayers will pay the legal fees for the citizens who sued Dirty Doherty over the fraudulent statement which Gummer ruled was a Civil Rights violation.  Belmar taxpayers are paying the legal fees for both sides of the case because of Doherty’s sneaky dirty lawlessness.

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Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Doherty’s Lawlessness Costs Belmar Taxpayers

Thanks Gannett, for the kick in the teeth #STTS

Photo credit: www.SignsByTheSea.com

Photo credit: www.SignsByTheSea.com


As if the weather wasn’t a damper enough to the Jersey Shore kickoff that Superstorm Sandy ravished businesses, their employees and  shore area municipalities desperately need, the shore’s biggest newspaper, and its most popular columnist/blogger are working against us too.

The Asbury Park Press Editorial Board (formerly known here as the Neptune Nudniks, a title we retired the day before Sandy hit, but are tempted to bring back after today’s doozy), opines today that Governor Christie should issue an Executive Order doing away with beach badge sales.

What is really insulting, is that the APP blatantly show how ignorant they are about the New Jersey economy, our tax structure and the cost allocation of our various governments.

There is another logical reason for making the beaches free: revitalizing the Shore economy. What better extra inducement to get people to come to the Jersey Shore? Free beaches could mean millions of dollars in additional revenues for towns. More money spent in restaurants and bars, on summer rentals and motel stays, on souvenirs, on gasoline. For some families, beach fees are prohibitive. For a family of four, they can run $40 or more. That kind of expense can make the difference between going to the beach or staying home. Or between going once or twice a summer instead of several times during the season.

Doing away with beach badges would be a logical thing to do if it would bring revenues to shore towns. Duh!  Why didn’t the mayors think of that!?

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Posted: May 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Asbury Park Press, Beach Access, Belmar, Bob Ingle, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Neptune Nudniks, Superstorm Sandy, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

There’s no such thing as a free beach

Sweeney wants to pay for beach safety and maintenance by getting rid of cops and dpw workers

Photo credit: www.SignsByTheSea.com

MMM has called Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) three times since he jumped on board with the Senator Mike Doherty (R-Warren) in sponsoring legislation that would ban shoreline municipalites from selling beach badges or imposing other user fees to pay for lifeguards, beach cleanup and policing, if those towns accept federal and state money to rebuild from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.  He hasn’t called back.  Steve Sweeney is a kitten.  Kitten, kitten, kitten!

Given that he won’t talk to us, we’ll have to judge Sweeney’s crusade for free sand in his ass by what others report he says.  The Senate President invited himself to a meeting with the Asbury Park Press Editorial Board earlier this week to make his case for free beaches.

“You don’t charge me to breathe air, why are you charging me to sit on a beach?”

We should be grateful that the top elected Democrat in New Jersey hasn’t figured out how to tax breathing (yet).  But really now, our Senate President thinks breathing air (as opposed to grapefruit juice?) is analogous to sitting on a beach?  That is something we should be concerned about, especially since this guy is considering a run for governor.

Sweeney told the APP that Belmar and the other shore communities that impose beach user fees should cover those costs by consolidating police forces and departments of public works.  He said he would “beat up mayors down the shore” to make it happen “because its not acceptable, you know, to charge beach fees.”

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty took Sweeney’s first beating:

“I asked (Doherty), how many people live year-round in his town,” Sweeney said. “He’s got a one-square mile town, he’s got 5,800 people. Now, could we run a shared police department? I met his public works director today, could we run a shared public works office?”

“You guys know how I feel about shared services,” Sweeney told the APP.  We don’t know if the APP knows how he feels, but MMM thinks Sweeney is thwarting shared services and other methods that municipalities could use to reduce the size and cost of local government.   If Sweeney was serious about property tax reduction and more efficient local government he would have passed Governor Christie’s property tax tool kit.

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Posted: December 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Beach Access, Belmar, Government Waste, Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Matt Doherty, Mike Doherty, NJ State Legislature, Property Tax Tool Kit, Property Taxes, Reform Agenda, Stephen Sweeney, Superstorm Sandy, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

How Do We Feel About Government Charging Money To Swim In The Ocean?

By Tommy DeSeno, cross posted on Ricochet

My life is like a stroll upon the beach,
As near the ocean’s edge as I can go.

– Henry David Thoreau

I’m a son of a beach.   Sand between my toes and white stuff on my nose.  People have many different places they feel closest to God. Church comes to mind.  Others enjoy the serenity of a garden, forest or mountain. I’m betting the ubiiquitous Dave Carter feels something for an open road.  For me, sitting on a jetty with the waves lapping around me fills me with the Holy Spirit.

My absolute favorite time to go down the beach is just after sun up when it is truly hot and sunny – still over 80 degrees at sunrise.  The ocean looks like it’s covered in diamonds and there is a sizzling sound when the wave breaks and crawls upon the sand.  No tourists yet.  Just me and my safe place until they get here.

By the way – “down the beach” – that’s a colloquialism used by beach boys.  We never go “to the beach,”   it’s always “down the beach.”   There is at least a decade-long moratorium against newcomer assimilation should we hear you say “down the shore.”  Never say “shore” if you want to fit in with the locals.

Despite the spiritual love we in New Jersey have for the sand and surf, our state is one of the few places in the world to charge people to walk on the sand to get to the ocean.  Jersey strange.  First we charge you $2 per hour to park next to the beach, then $8 per person to walk onto it.

The law is truly odd.  The public has a right to the high water mark left by the ocean.  Government can’t charge you for being there.   The problem is, not even Carl Lewis on his best Olympic day could long jump the 75 or so yards of sand to get from the boardwalk to the high water mark.  Land in the sand and you get arrested.

For sure there are places in New Jersey where you can get on the sand free of charge.  But that’s a vestige of the “separate but equal” mindset of yesteryear, because as every local knows, you can’t go to just “any old beach.” Beaches are as personal to people as their undergarments, and held just as closely. 

Don’t marry a beach girl or boy until you first work out which beach you’ll frequent.  Some love waves.  Some love little coves.  Some want shade.  My wife digs Avon-By-The-Sea since it’s a big family beach.  I body surf in Asbury Park because there are at least a dozen venues where I can swill adult beverages right on the boardwalk.  So we split our time between beaches.  My wife and I treat our beaches like divorced parents treat their children – we get visitation every other weekend.

The point is, don’t tell me I can go miles away to a free beach I don’t like and all is the same. It’s like telling me to wear shoes that don’t fit.  I can’t get comfortable.

The political debate that rages in New Jersey, as it now rages again, is not whether government should decide if you can swim.  It is “which government” gets to decide if you can swim.  Some lobby for state rule (big government monolithic solution) and the more conservative (so they claim) want “home rule” where each town gets to decide the rules.

I don’t know why there needs to be any rules.  New Jersey towns will tell you they have to pay for life guards and beach cleanup, so they should get to charge for beach access.

I counter with Aruba.  Bermuda. Cancun.  Jamaica.  Bahamas. Every state on America’s east coast. These are all places I’ve been where I didn’t have to pay a dime to park near the beach, walk on the sand or swim in the Ocean.  All of them have governments that work, with taxes and costs of living far less than the Garden State.  So, Mr. New Jersey Mayors – your excuse is sooooo bogus (said in my best Jeff Spicoli voice)!

How about MMM?  What do you think?  Let me pose a polling question that is fair, unloaded and in no way leads you to an answer I personally hope you give:

Should New Jersey towns honor  the freedom and liberty that our Americanism promises since the time of our founding by making beaches free, or should they continue their neo-fascist, big government corruption by charging money for the God given right to shred a waive?

Posted: June 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , | 16 Comments »