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POLL: Should FEMA Withhold $523,000 In Sandy Aid From Belmar?

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency should deny $523,000 in federal disaster aid to Belmar, since debris-removal contracts have been structured to benefit contractors more than taxpayers, according to a Department of Homeland Security memorandum.

Mayor Matt Doherty told The Asbury Park Press that he disputes the allegations, saying his town is “stuck in the middle” of a disagreement between two arms of the same federal agency after an audit recommended withholding $523,000 in disaster aid from the Shore town.

What do you think? Should FEMA give Belmar the money? Let us know in the poll or in the comments.


G Brewster May 02, 2014 at 09:04 AM
If I read your posts correctly Ms. DeSanctis I note a venom in all of them for the Mayor. Not so much for the love of your town or suggestions on how to help solve problems, rather a raging hatred for an individual. Can you expand on that as to why? You are not the only town with flooded streets, areas needing to be dredged, bond debt, drinking year around and areas in need of repair and construction. Have you driven up and down the shore towns? Most need work; most of the STATE needs work. It's called old, worn out, heavily populated, expensive, rising costs, union issues, plain-old-sign-of-the-times and it is not exclusive to New Jersey, nor Belmar. Why so much hate? I might suggest you close the lid for the weekend, get a massage, actually cork a drink or two and be thankful for those things you do have. There's people everywhere who'd be thrilled to live in one of our communities versus where they live, or don't live every single day. If you don't chose to there is always a very simplistic solution: move.
JOHN DILLMAR May 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM
G Brewster Please tell everyone how you note a venom in a written post.. Please...Maybe she loves the town so much it is impossible for her to see it go down the drain with the rest of the junk.
Fisher May 02, 2014 at 12:48 PM
So is this what we're going with now? Another "loves the town so much" approach? The love the towners do nothing but complain about everything without proposing any real solutions and without recognizing that with improvements come cost. They want it ALL but don't want to pay for it. If there are people with such good suggestions why don't they pony up and be heard by becoming part of the local government and make the changes? Instead they fight and stymie growth at every single turn. Fighting the pavilions was just a start. All that happens when the FEMA $$ is rejected is the taxes go up. The same is true if you have less attraction for the beach and fight the beach utility which also reduces the tax bills by covering a portion of expenses. If you "love the town" propose alternative solutions that actually are reflective of your suggestions not just designed to say no to everyone else's.
The Truth May 02, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Fisher please as if this current administration would even listen. Hence the need to go through the legal channels. If they had just honored the people petions the would have been a need for the courts , but they chose to go there own way and ingnore the towns people and lost. Which by the way they have done every step down the road when challenged. Maybe besides starting actually listening to the town people they should get some new legal consul.
kf May 04, 2014 at 06:40 AM
Since when is a clear cut legal issue decided in a poll? Either the contract followed the rules or it didn't. Period.

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