Borough Laws


The following sections are reproduced from Grace Trott Roper‘s historical retrospective on how the Borough of Belmar came to be. The original booklet is © Copyright 1978 by Grace Trott Roper, Belmar, NJ and was printed by Hoffman Press, Belmar, NJ.

Duplication or reproduction is not permitted

Because of the litigation of H. H. Yard vs. Ocean Beach which began in 1881 and finally ended in 1887, The Ocean Beach Association was largely responsible for the passage by The Legislative of the peculiar form of law under which it was incorporated. Out of this local conflict of the ideas of private gain versus the public welfare, grew the body of laws which in 1897 became The Boro Acts Of New Jersey and for which the State is now famous, and also under which over 300 of its municipalities are being governed. In Jan. 1922 Chief Justice Wm. H. Taft wrote an article in the National Geographic describing the unique form of government which had existed for many centuries in British Bermuda. The Chief Justice stated such form of government had many advantages but had become obsolete except in Bermuda. He was peculiarly unaware that The Born Act Of New Jersey provides for a form of government very similar to that of Bermuda as described by him.

1890 — under a new law “The Mayor and Council of The Born of Belmar was incorporated.”

1897 — under New Boro Act, The Born of Belmar was re-incorporated with the adaptation of a new name on May 6, 1897 and a new seal on June 29th, 1897.

Boro Managers — new form of government 1921-23 First Boro Manager in the State of New Jersey. 1928 Belmar adopted the form of Commissioner Government under which it operates today.