Come celebrate Belmar’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy
By Patricia A. Miller (Patch Staff) – April 29, 2017
It’s been almost five years since Superstorm Sandy battered Belmar’s Taylor Pavilion into oblivion.
But that’s all history now. On Monday, a host of state and local officials will gather at 5th Avenue and Boardwalk and cut the ribbon for the new Taylor Pavilion, Mayor Matt Doherty said.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone are expected to attend.
A reception will be held after the ribbon cutting ceremony. A variety of food and drinks will be provided by a numerous Belmar restaurants in a “Taste of Belmar” celebration.
The Taylor Pavilion is a 6,800 square- foot facility that will serve as the hub of Belmar’s beachfront operations, event and meeting space and an oceanfront concession. Merri-Makers of Edison won the lease for the space in March of 2017 via public auction and will operate “Cruz Bay Café” starting in May 2017.
The mayor and council awarded a $5.45 million dollar contract to Epic Construction of Piscataway in January 2016, for both the Taylor Pavilion and the Howard Rowland Public Safety Pavilion at 10th Avenue. Epic Construction also constructed Belmar’s boardwalk in 2013, which was the first major infrastructure project at the Jersey Shore after Sandy.
The buildings are constructed to V-Zone construction standards, with concrete-filled steel piles. They sit at a base flood elevation roughly five feet above the existing boardwalk.The new buildings are fully ADA accessible and built to current codes and standards, Doherty said.
Image: Courtesy of Belmar