BELMAR — Since the new Taylor Pavilion opened its doors on May 1, it has been a busy place, sometimes so busy that the competition to book it for events has drawn some complaints by residents.
Edison-based Merri-Makers, which submitted the winning bid for concessions and catering at the pavilion, has already booked 16 events, including a bridal show, weddings and banquets, in addition to operating the new Cruz Bay Cafe there.
Colleen Connolly, the borough’s business administrator, said anyone wanting to book the facility has only to contact the borough at 732-681-3700 to check for available dates. They can also fill out an application at www.belmar.com.
“As far as a range of requests, by far the majority of events are community events; senior dances, Boy Scouts etc.,” Ms. Connolly said. “The private events seem mostly to be baby showers, birthdays and anniversary parties, and I’m sure there will be weddings too at some point.”
Since the Taylor Pavilion’s reopening, there have been 78 community events in all, she said, including 23 private events such as showers and birthday parties.
“It’s very popular, but we work with prospective renters to find dates that work for them,” said Ms. Connolly. Although the pavilion is available for anyone to rent out for fees ranging from $40 to $1,500, not everyone is happy with the arrangements.
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