Turf war brewing between Belmar residents and officials
A turf war is brewing in Belmar as residents say officials want to regulate or possibly ban the use of artificial lawns.
Council members held a workshop Tuesday on the issue and invited residents to attend. The workshop served as a way to gather information, public comment and look at legalities that would help officials structure any potential ordinances.
The topic of artificial turf arose last month after councilman Brian Magovern said he didn't like the idea of using it instead of real grass. He also stated that he didn't see any advantages to the environment from using the turf.
Currently, there are 11 properties in Belmar using artificial grass instead of sand, stones or traditional sod. Residents who have the artificial lawns say it's environmentally safe and convenient.
Residents who attended the workshop say they spent a lot of money on the artificial lawns and don't want to have to remove them. Some residents also believe it poses no harm to the environment.
Officials say they have been looking at other town ordinances limiting and regulating the use of artificial lawns.