BELMAR (AP) — Belmar voters have rejected a plan to borrow $7 million to rebuild two beach pavilions that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

 

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Tuesday's vote in a special election was 1,041 to 756.

Opponents had argued the project could be done for less by using Federal Emergency Management Administration and insurance money.

Supporters said the pavilions needed to be built stronger to withstand future storms.

Mayor Matthew Doherty, who supported the bond referendum, told the Asbury Park Press his job is to bring the community together and to solicit new ideas about what types of pavilions residents want to see built.

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