BELMAR, NJ – Following attempts to dramatically markup goods and services being offered to Belmar residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Matthew Doherty today released the following statement to announce that anyone caught price gouging in town will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Belmar residents have seen both the best and the worst of what society has to offer.  We’ve been fortunate to have food, clothing and financial donations come in from all over the world, along with hundreds of volunteers kind enough to come into town to help with clean-up efforts. 

Unfortunately, we’ve also seen people descend upon town attempting to take advantage of Belmar residents.

Supply and demand is a fundamental business tenet that clearly has its place within every community, but attempting to take advantage of Belmar residents after Hurricane Sandy is immoral and illegal.  We will act swiftly and decisively to aggressively protect our residents from price gouging.   Anyone caught attempting to drastically inflate prices on goods and services in Belmar will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I would like to thank all of those who have come forward and offered their time, their services and their generous donations to  In the past week we have banded together and Belmar has made significant strides towards our eventual recovery.  The small minority of individuals attempting to take advantage of tragedy in our community cannot, and will not, be tolerated.”    

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...