Elliot Becker

Council Recap. Brigantine Mayor Hides Public Union Terms

Mayor Phil Guenther won rave reviews for his Nancy Pelosi impression at Brigantine City Council on Wed night, Feb 1. It was classic Phil. Smooth, but really dumb. Sounds smart when you first hear it, but after you chew on it a bit….you realize Phil has almost baffled you with his well-tuned bullsh*t. Just like …

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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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65% of Brigantine Tax Dollars Go To Public Employee Compensation

The Brigantine Taxpayers Association published their annual recap and review of city expenditures. Even as most cities in New Jersey are downsizing, Brigantine is still the one town where it’s ‘business as usual’. Let’s review…. About 65% of Brigantine’s municipal budget is set aside for public employee salaries. 2016 City payroll exceeds $11 million. Brigantine …

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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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2016 Master Plan for Brigantine. Why Two Schools?

The Brigantine Planning Board quietly adopted a new Master Plan for Brigantine on Sept 28, 2016. Have you seen it? Me neither. Why did they keep it a secret? No public input, no council discussion. Click to see 2016 Brigantine Master Plan here. Brigantine-2016-Master-Plan-Report Did you know? Brigantine is encouraging the development of Bed and …

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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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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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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 Stinson …

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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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