Sunday, May 19, 2013
Mayor announces governor will be joining in ribbon-cutting
The Belmar boardwalk and beachfront will officially open May 22 with much fanfare, to include a visit from the governor. One of the first towns to drive pilings for a new boardwalk, Belmar saw Gov. Chris Christie present to celebrate the beginning of construction, and local officials said the governor will return to celebrate the official reopening of the Belmar boardwalk. The ribbon-cutting on the beach and boardwalk will be held May 22, and Mayor Matt Doherty said this week Christie will be there. Christie and Doherty held a press conference with local officials for the public to kick-off the wide-scale rebuilding of the boardwalk this winter. The project began in January and the final boards were lain late April. May 22, the boardwalk …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Ribbon-cutting on Sunday will celebrate four playgrounds destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
It's time to climb aboard the pirate ship. Belmar will reopen its four beachfront playgrounds -- including the pirate ship -- in a ribbon cutting May 19. The Sunday event will celebrate playgrounds lost to Hurricane Sandy, which began being rebuilt in the past weeks after the boardwalk was substantially complete. The playgrounds — which feature swings, slides and other exercises for young children — sit on the beach at locations such as 8th Avenue. The pirate ship at 8th and Ocean Avenues will host the ribbon cutting beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 19. The celebration includes a treasure hunt, free snacks and a ribbon cutting. A prize will be awarded for the best pirate costume.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Celebration to be held at former Taylor Pavilion
Belmar continues to plan for a grand re-opening of its beach and boardwalk, May 22. The final boards are lain and railings are now going up. Concession trailers and bathrooms will be installed for the season until permanent facilities go up in 2014, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said. The permanent lighting may not be installed in time, leaving the borough to go with temporary spotlights or another fix, said the mayor, but otherwise the boardwalk and beach will function in time for the grand re-opening. The re-opening is being planned with much fanfare, said the mayor. The elementary students of Belmar and Saint Rose schools will be invited, and the Belmar Strong volunteers will be honored. There are plans for special presentations, t-shirts …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Project includes Manasquan to Belmar and is expected to be completed by beginning of 2014
Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D 6) announced today that a contract with Army Corps of Engineers for Long Branch to Manasquan beach replenishment will be awarded in July, with work scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2014. The work will be part of the largest beach nourishment project ever undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers and world's biggest beach-fill project, in terms of sand volume. "Once completed, the greater protective barrier between the coastal communities and the ocean will reduce the risk of flooding and storm related damages," a release from Pallone states. The Army Corps of Engineers will replenish the beach to original design profile, which will make the beach much wider than it was prior to Sandy, Pallone …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Ocean Temperature In 40s
Though the evening gave way to lightning, Tuesday and Wednesday saw temperatures break into the 80s in Belmar under sunny skies. The unguarded ocean was a shivery 44 degrees, but the warm day found sunbathers taking to the unopen Belmar sands with beach chair and towel. Here are some pictures of crowds on the beach in Belmar, where 10th Avenue and south remains a construction area.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Officials planning for much fanfare
The big day should be May 22, when a snip of a ribbon will mark the reopening of Belmar's boardwalk and beach. Hurricane Sandy destroyed so much of the oceanfront that Belmar's main tourist attraction has been closed since evacuation orders were issued before the storm. The long-awaited first day of access should be May 22, officials said Wednesday. Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay announced the borough is planning a May 22 reopening date, with a special celebration to begin in the morning. "It's tentative, but by the end of the week we should have confirmed it," Nicolay said of the date. Details are now being finalized, but Nicolay said in addition to a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the elementary students of Belmar and Saint Rose schools will …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Local resident captures a photo of a seal on Belmar Beach
Wall Township resident Michele Ford caught this image of a seal lounging on the beach in Belmar on Sunday.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Mayor says borough reserves the rite to increase fees only "if necessary"
Though Belmar is expecting to pay more to repair its beachfront in the coming year, residents and visitors will be paying the same price for beach badges. Faced with about $6.5 million in beachfront rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, Belmar opted not to increase the cost of beach badges at its meeting Monday. The resolution passed unanimously keeps all types of beach badges the same price. Beach badges are $50 for a seasonal pass; $15 for seniors; $7 daily; free for children 15 and younger and active duty military and their families. Earlier in December, mayor and council were debating whether to up the daily cost by a dollar and the seasonal pass to $55. Mayor Matt Doherty credited the stall in prices to a far under estimated cost for the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Lightning over Belmar Beach from Sunday night
Teacher and photographer Mike Black caught nature as it lit up the skies over Belmar Beach during Sunday night's storms.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
While red flags kept bathers out of the water, surfers took to the waves Saturday
Wall photographer Mike Black caught these terrific shots of surfers doing what they do best at Belmar's beaches on Saturday.