The death of an adversary does not end the battle in Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty’s demented mind. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News | Tags: Belmar, Carmine DeSanctis, Joy DeSanctis, Joy DeSanctis Memorial, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News | 2 Comments »
Where is the $5.4 million that Matt Doherty claimed FEMA gave Belmar for Taylor Pavilion?
The ongoing controversy over the rebuilding of the beach pavilions in Belmar has resulted in yet another law suit filed against the Borough by an activist resident calling for fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Joy DeSanctis filed suit last week against Belmar and Borough Clerk April Claudio in her capacity as Custodian of Records. DeSanctis is not seeking money, other than her legal fees. Rather, she is asking the Court to Order Belmar and Claudio to comply with the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and provide copies of all correspondence between Belmar and FEMA regarding Superstorm Sandy Funds and correspondence regarding the construction of the pavilions between October 29, 2012 and February 5, 2016, the date that DeSanctis filed her OPRA request.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News | Tags: Belmar, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, CJ Griffin, FEMA, Joy DeSanctis, Lawless Matt Doherty, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Open Public Records Act, OPRA, Pashman Stein, Pavilions, Taylor Pavilion | 8 Comments »
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said, “Ken Pringle is like a jaded ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.”
Ken Pringle, who was mayor of the oceanfront borough for 20 years before Doherty took over in 2011, isn’t sure how many times he’s sued Doherty and the borough since he left office. “Four or five, I’m not sure.”
Both Doherty and Pringle, who served together for four years, are Democrats. Doherty was a councilman during Pringle’s last term as mayor.
At issue is the beachfront and money.
Pringle contends that Doherty and the Council are using the Beach Utility Fund to subsidize borough operations and to keep property taxes artificially low, in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. Doherty says that while Pringle was mayor Belmar’s property taxpayers subsidized the beach and that Pringle raised taxes 14 years in a row. Doherty has not increased Belmar’s taxes since becoming mayor, keeping the borough’s spending flat at 2010 levels.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Beach Access, Belmar, Birdsall Engineering, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News | Tags: Beach Access fees, Beach Badges, Beach Parking fees, Beach Utility Fund, Belmar, Birdsall Engineering, Birdsall Services Group, Jim Bean, Joy DeSanctis, Ken Pringle, Law suits, Matt Doherty, Michael Seebeck, Public Advocate, Richard Chen, Robbin Kirk | 1 Comment »