Belmar day camp shuttered amid health, fire safety concerns
A day camp in Belmar that caters to kids as young as second-graders is running without health certifications and safety precautions, according to Monmouth County Superior Court officials who ordered it closed until claims by county health officials are resolved.
Mesivta Keser Torah-Jersey, Rabbi Dovid Heinemann, and Camp Emzee, Inc., are under a temporary restraining order against operating in Belmar, or anywhere else in Monmouth County.
According to authorities, the camp on Eleventh Avenue accomodates about 30 children, in grades two through seven. Monmouth health officials reviewed the operation after receiving information from local authorities.
Camp operators are accused of violating provisions of the New Jersey Youth Camp Safety Act, including the acquisition of a certificate of approval from the New Jersey Department of Health.
Allegations include failure to employ a camp director with qualifications that meet standards in the regulation, and failure to supply a medical program under direction of a New Jersey licensed physcian or dedicated health director,
Additionally, health officials allege, operators allowed campers to swim in a private, residential swimming pool, failing to use swim facilities that comply with municipal and state laws and public recreational bathing rules.
The complaint, filed for the Health Department by attorneys Andrew Bayer and David Clark, also cites "numerous violations" issued by the Belmar Bureau of Fire Prevention, including failure to maintain a fire alarm system.
A court appearance is scheduled for August 29. Until then, County Freeholder and Health Department Liaison John Curley recommends reporting health or safety concerns about any camp in Monmouth to call health officials at 732-431-7456.