All veterans who went to Belmar final 12 months might get on the seaside without spending a dime. That’s not the case this 12 months, after a city coverage has been modified in order that it solely grants free seaside entry to disabled veterans.
“We owe veterans everything,” Belmar Business Administrator Ed Kirshenbaum stated on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ D-Day landing on the seashores of Normandy, which started the U.S.-led march towards Berlin and victory in World War II.
But the borough’s first obligation is to uphold the regulation of the land, Kirshenbaum added. And, he stated, for veterans on New Jersey’s seashores, meaning limiting free entry to these rendered disabled on account of their service, somewhat than to all veterans, because the borough had executed up to now.
So, Kirshenbaum stated, when a overview of Belmar’s insurance policies by the incoming administration discovered that the borough’s seaside entry coverage had been in violation of the state statute by granting free entry to all navy veterans, the coverage was modified to restrict free entry solely to disabled vets.
The change within the seaside coverage was criticized by Belmar’s former mayor, Matt Doherty, who had led the growth of free entry to all veterans throughout his eight years in workplace, and disputed the assertion that the all-veterans coverage had been in violation of the statute.