Jersey Shore restaurant proprietor says his tourism price elevated by over 1,000%

The proprietor of Merely Southern
restaurant in Belmar is upset over a 1,000% improve in what’s often known as
a tourism price.

Rasheed Simmons is the proprietor
of Merely Southern restaurant. He tells Information 12 his tourism price elevated from
simply $100 per 12 months to $1,000 – a $900 improve. 

He says he and his mom, who personal the small
enterprise, have been fully caught off guard once they obtained the discover from
Belmar officers that included the elevated tourism price. 

He says a small enterprise
like his has had sufficient issue staying afloat in the course of the pandemic,
and now a harsh winter, and including will increase like this solely make it extra
tough.

Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer says,
“Belmar has modified the way in which
tourism charges for companies are decided whereas the Particular Enchancment
District (SID) assessments have been eliminated. The tourism price didn’t take into
account the dimensions of the enterprise, the kind of enterprise, whether or not it relied on
tourism or whether or not it was knowledgeable workplace or the like. It’s expensive to
run particular occasions such because the Seafood Pageant, Feast of San Gennaro, Friday
night time concert events in Pyanoe Plaza, concert events in Taylor Pavilion, Motion pictures on the
Seashore, to call a couple of. For these companies that profit from them, it’s value
the expense of their tourism price.”

Belmar officers imagine this
is a extra balanced system, including most small companies will see a lower in
the tourism price whereas these institutions that profit probably the most from tourism
will see a rise.