Shelly Anderson

NJ Gov. Murphy To Deploy ‘Shared Services Czar’ as Taxpayers Rejoice.

Why are people leaving the State of New Jersey? Plenty of greenery, a wonderful coastline, great location. What’s not to like? Read my lips. Taxes. Cronyism. Corruption. Bloat. Waste. Gov. Murphy says he wants to make local governments more efficient in NJ, a state with the nation’s highest property taxes. How would Murphy accomplish that? …

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Brigantine Spotlight: City Solicitor Fred Scerni

When in doubt, cornered by the facts, or when his stammering gets too intense….. Mayor Phil Guenther can always fall back and punt to Fred Scerni, our highly qualified City Solicitor. At times, it seems like Mr. Scerni is not fond of bailing out Guenther and his wing-man; Councilman Simpson. But hey, Fred’s a pro. …

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Has Brigantine Real Estate Hit Bottom Yet? Zillow Says ‘Maybe’

According to ZILLOW, the median home value in Brigantine is $287,000. The Real Estate website said homes in the 08203 zip code have declined -3.3% over the past year. On the upside, Zillow says Brigantine is a BUYERS MARKET. It predicts that Brigantine home values have hit some sort of bottom and could rise 1.0% …

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Brigantine Planning Board Adds to Real Estate Slump

The Brigantine Planning Board has been coming under increased fire lately. Realtors are accusing the Board of negatively affecting Real Estate values by making highly questionable decisions and handing out too many variances to ‘special people’. Small home in Brigantine RESIDENTIAL area… being converted to Busco Law Office on 30th st. & Brig Blvd. Property …

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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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Expanded 4×4 Beaches in Brigantine? Links Golf Bleeding Cash.

Links Golf Course losing greater amounts of money. Brigantine CFO Roxanne Tosto was called out for potential accounting mistakes in regards to Brigantine Links Golf Course. How much will taxpayers have to subsidize the course? Over past 3 years, Brigantine taxpayers have coughed up $1.5 million to keep the Golf Course afloat. Links at Brigantine Golf Bleeding …

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Brigantine Cop Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Teen

From Press of Atlantic City > A Brigantine police officer pleaded guilty on Friday, May 20, to using his job to sexually assault a child. Ralph Pereira was arrested in May 2014, on charges including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, for the assault of the then-16-year-old girl. The 10-year police veteran …

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Brigantine Identity Crisis. Better Awareness & Branding Needed.

Brigantine, for far too long, has suffered from a serious lack of proper marketing, promotion and awareness. Ask the average person in Philly or Jersey what they know about Brigantine, and they’ll either have NO idea…or they’ll mention the long departed Brigantine Castle or the overblown issue of green heads. Those types of answers are …

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Less Fires, More Pension Costs for Brigantine Fire Department

How much should we pay for a Brigantine Fire Department that rarely fights a fire? Why send a firetruck to a medical emergency? Click to listen to excerpts from past NPR story. A big but little understood fire department expense is not salaries, it’s retirements and those healthcare and pension benefits. Brigantine currently has $4.5 …

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Brigantine Mayor & School Board Ignore Cost-Cutting Suggestions

To the editor: Thirty-five concerned Brigantine teachers, parents and taxpayers attended the recent standing-room-only Brigantine school board meeting. Most expressed frustration and dismay at the board’s repeated 24-monthfailure to perform its duty to address new teacher contracts. New contracts for dedicated teachers are long overdue. Many Brigantine teachers continue to receive the same effective pay …

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Brigantine Awards Mad Dog Morgan Golf Contract. RFP Bid Corrupted

On Wed. night Feb. 3, 2016, one of Brigantine’s most valuable assets was once again mis-handled and frittered away. The food & beverage contract with unknown and un-signed terms, for the Links at Brigantine Golf Course was awarded to Mike Morgan, owner of Mad Dog Morgan’s and a former public employee of Brigantine. Morgan was …

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New Brigantine Police Union Contract Not Signed. Details Unknown

The City of Brigantine has yet to publicly release an approved, signed labor agreement with Brigantine Police officers that was voted on Sept. 2, 2015 by City Council. As of Jan 26, 2016, a signed Brig PD contract has not been shared by City Hall, even after OPRA requests were filed for it. Anecdotal evidence …

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Terminal Leave Pay-out 100% for Brigantine Union. City Un-aware?

Terminal leave is quite popular with Brigantine public employees. It’s a very stealth and highly effective way to grab more pay before officially retiring. While most people are tracking the employees hefty salary and overtime payouts, it’s easy to overlook the economy killing effects of some weird sounding loophole called Terminal Leave. The concept of …

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Police Capt. Cox Sued Brigantine. Wins. Gets $325,000 Settlement

Cha-ching. Another big Brigantine public employee payday on Fantasy Island. Former Brigantine Police Capt. Ray Cox will receive $325,000 in a settlement related to a lawsuit he filed against the city in 2013. This does not include costs associated with 2 years of litigation. This payout will be in addition to his pension & healthcare…all taken …

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