Elliot Becker

Who Owns Most Property Along South Jersey Shore?

Who owns the most South Jersey shore real estate? It’s those from Philadelphia and its suburbs, who own the majority of seashore property. That’s according to a recent report at Philly.com. Philly Area Residents Dominate Jersey Shore Home-Ownership Of course… this report fired up the comments section. Many went overboard and their rants were promptly deleted. …

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2016 Brigantine Schools: Enrollment & Grades Down, Expenses Up.

A recent letter was sent to the Brigantine Board of Education and School Superintendent. it came from the Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA). Here are some of the bullet pointed contained within: Approx 1/3 of each tax dollar goes toward the school district, one that has declining enrollment and rising expenses. Declining Enrollment. 52 fewer students…year over …

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Former Brigantine Police Officer: 5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of Child

A former Brigantine police officer was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. Ralph Pereira of Brigantine admitted he used his position as a Brigantine police officer to sexually assault a 16-yr-old girl. Pereira and former Atlantic City Police Officer Andre Corbin both were accused of having a sexual relationship …

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Underage Drinking, 4×4 Overcrowding Force Stricter 2017 Beach Rules

Due to growing issues surrounding public safety, alcohol consumption and declining beach tag revenue, Brigantine City Council was forced to radically change how 4×4 beaches will be managed in the Summer of 2017. Personal beach badges will now be mandatory for the following three areas: The Cove Beach overlooking the Inlet The Jetty Front Beach …

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Brigantine Voters Give More Power to Mayor Guenther

Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther achieved even greater powers this week’s Nov. 8 election, as voters gave Brigantine’s elite a 6 to 1 council seat ratio. 1st Ward (R) Karen Bew beat (D) Jack Heil and retained her 1st Ward seat. 2nd Ward, Republican challenger Michael Riordan unseated incumbent (D) Lisa McClay. 3rd Ward (R) Dennis Haney …

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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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Should Brigantine Allow Drinking & Receptions on Beach?

  Should Brigantine loosen up a bit? Primarily known as a family-friendly town, Brigantine is pondering the pros & cons of evolving into a more ‘lively’ Jersey Shore town. By lively, we mean drinking on the beach. See PICS here. See FEEDBACK below> A wedding reception was held recently at the ‘Cove’ area of Brigantine …

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Brigantine Links Guenther

Brigantine Re-Hires Doran Engineering, Known for Improper Billing

  WATCH VIDEO > Doran Engineering, well-known & well-documented for improper & likely illegal billing of services to the City of Brigantine, has been re-hired. According to the Brigantine Beachcomber, Mayor Guenther said: “I don’t know of any evidence of improper billing”. Is 26+ year Mayor Phil Guenther’s memory failing him? Is City Manager Ed …

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Purdy Out, Sciarra In, for 4th Ward Brigantine November 2016 Election

Some changes in Brigantine in regards to the upcoming November 2016 election. In the fourth Ward, Ernie Purdy; the former city public works chief, has decided not to run. The Brigantine GOP has replaced Purdy with Angelo Sciarra. Purdy says that the demands of a new business he just opened make it difficult for him …

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Brigantine Cove, Tail-gating on Beach. Free 4×4 Permits for Military Veterans

At one time a secret hideaway for Brigantine locals, the COVE beach area has exploded with popularity. Visitors and part-time residents are quickly discovering one of Brigantine’s best kept secrets. It’s like a Brigantine tail-gate party in the sand. During the summer months, the COVE Beach is usually mobbed. It’s occasionally shutdown due to overcrowding, forcing …

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Discount Plumbing by Brigantine Public Works. Gas Station Dirt.

Brigantine Public Works getting into the plumbing business? Looks like it. We watched a crew of Brig DPW guys working for 3+ days…with lot’s of overtime… next to the Lighthouse in early March. A team of 14! city workers were ripping up a county road in order to connect water & sewer to the new …

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Letter to Editor: We’re Watching Ed Stinson, Brigantine City Hall

329 Brigantine city employees in 2016 compared to 311 in 2015. Who is our Director of Human Resources? Did the City of Brigantine seek out a candidate who is knowledgeable and educated in Personal leadership and maintaining and expanding a non biased Human Resource dept? Surely, our Brigantine City Manager; Ed Stinson, should know the …

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4×4’s Pack Brigantine Beaches in 2016, Could Some Be Shut Out?

Brigantine recreation director Jim Mogan thinks the new 4×4 beach permit policy could pose a problem. City Council passed an ordinance providing no-charge 4×4 beach permits to active-duty military and veterans upon request. These 4×4 permit requests could reach 600 or more…much more. Applications are reportedly ramping up from all over the state, as well as far reaching parts …

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Low Real Estate Values Allow Brigantine Land Grab On The Cheap

The Brigantine Real Estate economy is (WAS) booming. It’s true. But there is one exception to that fact. Real Estate in Brigantine is only a great investment if you have the right connections. That connection seems to be City Councilman, Andy Simpson. Hard to believe. At one time, Brigantine Beach was chock full of attractions, …

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Brigantine Council Meeting Videos Deleted. Info Blackouts.

Let’s keep Brigantine 2nd homeowners in the dark. It certainly seems that way. WATCH VIDEO. “You can DVR it”, says the snickering Simpson, obviously not caring that 75% of taxpayers don’t have access to the local signal. It’s well noted that U-stream used to record & archive every meeting. It worked great and was cheap. Well …

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