Month: October 2016

Brigantine to Lose Macedonian Grill. After 11 years, Shutting Down.

Say it ain’t so. After 11 delicious years in Brigantine, The Macedonian Grill is closing it’s doors. The lease is up at their 31st street location. Dimitrios Dounoulis, better known as Jimmy, decided not to renew it. But God willing, Jimmy will relocate at some point in the near future, but it will NOT be …

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Dangerous Valet Station at Circle Angers Local Residents

VIDEO > Brigantiner voters enjoyed free food & drink at THE COVE recently… courtesy of Mayor Phil Guenther, Andy Simpson and the entire GOP team. Developer Mike Snyder provided the free but dangerous parking & shuttle service between The Cove and his new properties at the Lighthouse Circle. Built atop the old Gulf gas station, …

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Special Tax Treatment for Brigantine Council Candidate

Need a sure-fire way to get your Brigantine property taxes lowered? Hate it when the Brigantine taxman won’t decrease your home’s assessment value….but does it for your neighbor? 3-step plan that provides sweet Brigantine tax relief…pronto: #1. Say nice things about Brigantine Mayor Guenther & Councilman Simpson #2. Attack anyone or anything that goes against …

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Dying a Slow Death? Brigantine Golf and EHT’s Emerald Links Course.

Are the Links at Brigantine Golf Course problems similar to the challenges in EHT? For years, Brigantine taxpayers have paid dearly to bail out the failing course in Brigantine. Fast forward to today, the course is in even deeper trouble, as City Manager Stinson has yet to share monthly numbers. Mayor Guenther’s slap down of …

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Busco Protects Weak GOP Candidates from Brigantine Debate

Letter to the Editor: We write in response to the statement on p. 21 of the October 21st Beachcomber by Mr. Paul Busco, President of the Brigantine Republican Club, about the candidates forum sponsored by the Brigantine Taxpayers Association on 10/29/16 in the Community Center, 10 a.m. – noon. He begins by saying that, “the …

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Brigantine Mayor Keeps Republican Candidates Away From Debate.

Afraid to debate? That’s the whisper around the Island. Brigantine Republican Chairman Paul Busco says the GOP organization, lead by 26 yr Mayor Phil Guenther, doubts whether a candidates debate scheduled for OCT 29 would be conducted fairly and impartially. The event was to be run by the League of Women Voters, well known for …

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City of Brigantine Municipal Employee Salary Chart for 2016

The BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION gathered facts about the salaries of Brigantine public employees. These numbers are dated Sept 15 2016, and were provided by City Clerk Sweeney. We think they have serious omissions and errors, but we want to share them nonetheless. This public record highlights how Brigantine City Council allocates public tax dollars. 70% …

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Brigantine Republican Candidates Decline Offer to Debate

On November 8, 2016, the voters in each of Brigantine’s 4 wards will elect a member to represent them on City Council. There are 8 candidates, 4 from each political party. A candidates forum is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 10a til noon at the Community Center on 42nd St. It’s sponsored by the non-partisan BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION …

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Killing Brigantine Business. Overbuilding Accelerates Real Estate Price Declines.

Killing off another Brigantine business to build more un-needed homes? To those who rely on a robust business community, it does look that way. This time, the take down target is Brigantine Auto on the busy lighthouse circle. Take-down tool being employed by City of Brigantine: force small business owner to hire expensive lawyers in …

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‘Pay To Play’ Still a Problem With Brigantine Contracts

Is Brigantine City Manager; Ed Stinson, following NJ State mandated Pay to Play (“PTP”) regulations? As of Sept. 2016, that answer is no. WATCH VIDEO. PTP applies to most contracts the City of Brigantine enters into with vendors, contractors and other professional service providers. In general, the PTP requirements compel the contracting party to disclose …

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Brigantine Links Golf Still On Wrong Course. Call Jaworski Back. Now.

The Brigantine Democratic party deserves credit for not dropping the case for Ron Jaworski managing our money-losing golf course. They posted the following on their website: One of the most hotly-debated issues on City Council over the last few years has been what to do about the financially-struggling Brigantine Links Golf Course. That debate came …

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If Political Advertising Told The Truth in Brigantine

Political advertising in the 2016 Brigantine election is ramping up. Thousands of dollars will be spent on spreading a mixture of facts, lies, and everything in between. Often, Brigantine politicians can technically tell the truth, while hiding or obscuring the downside of their past actions or current campaign promises. But what if campaign ads in …

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Saving Brigantine Auto at Lighthouse Circle. Local Builder Readies Bulldozer?

With the popular and sorely missed L’aragosta Restaurant in Brigantine now just a dirt lot, what business is next to face the bulldozer? To answer that question, look no further than Brigantine Auto owned by Dave Tefankjian, also situated on the Lighthouse Circle in Brigantine. It’s also, now, an eyesore supposedly affecting the sale of …

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More Pushback to 4×4 Overcrowding on Brigantine Beach

Brigantine residents have amplified their opposition to the overloading of 4×4 SUV’s on the beach. This adds to the recent alcohol issues and non-compliant events that have occurred at the COVE area of Brigantine Beach. According to Gail Sikorski’s letter to the Brigantine Beachcomber, overcrowding of SUV’s bring about many negative ramifications. Detrimental impact on …

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