Beach and Dunes

Brigantine Fire Chief Warns of Dune Fire Dangers. Handful of Residents Responsible for Protecting Island.

Dangerous Brigantine Dune Fires The Brigantine Fire Chief, Tiger Platt, agrees with Mayor Andy ‘Simp’ Simpson. Dune fires are a real threat to the island and it’s inhabitants. Councilmen Sera and Rierden agree. Good thing a small handful of beachfront residents are paying $300 bucks a pop, to do their part in saving lives and …

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Brigantine City Council Looks To Hide Controversial Dune Maintenance Activity

Public Comment from the Brigantine City Council meeting of 2/6/19. Introduction of ordinance #2 of 2019 Amending Brigantine Dune Maintenance Ordinance Brigantine Taxpayers Association President, Anne Phillips: I have two problems with the dune maintenance ordinance.  #1.  It exists which it should not. The granting by the City of the physical alteration of dunes, which are …

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Brigantine’s Mayor Simpson Faces Heat Over Private Dune Hacking Permits

Brigantine City Council voted to allow another group of homeowners to hack away at the local dune system, in order to have a better ocean views. Under the guise of the craftily worded title: ‘Dune Maintenance Program’, these $300 permits were awarded to: 407 23rd 406 23rd street 405 24th Street #10 Ocean Drive west. …

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Council OK’s Homeowner Dune Maintenance in Brigantine. DEP in Dark?

Some consider this an environmental crime in Brigantine. Screwing with the dunes without DEP (Dept of Environmental Protection) approval. Dune maintenance permits for a select group of private beachfront homeowners. Watch Brigantine City Council from 11.7.2018 > Special rights handed out to favored homeowners, in order to groom dunes to their personal liking. Brigantine City …

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Guenther & Simpson OK Brigantine Dune Destruction by Homeowners

“I see no harm” says Brigantine Councilman Andy Simpson. Mayor Guenther and Vince Sera concur. They all voted YES to allow Brigantine dune destruction by select homeowners. Oddly, Brigantine Democrats did little to share this information with local taxpayers. The Brigantine Republican majority adopted the dune destruction / maintenance ordinance. They call it “dune maintenance”. Others …

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Simpson & Guenther OK Brigantine Homeowners Carving Back Dune System

A handful of select Brigantine homeowners will soon be allowed to cut and modify portions of the dune system. Is this for the good of all Brigantine homeowners? Or is this controversial dune manipulation, purely a way for political insiders to enhance their beachfront properties? Simpson & Guenther OK Brigantine Homeowners Carving Back Dune System …

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Refund: Dune Carve-Out in Brigantine. DEP Duped?

In 2015, Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther lowered taxes for one lucky resident who seems to have removed protected dunes in order to have more private, beachfront space. Guenther wanted the property value of 406 23rd Street South reduced by $384,000. A refund was issued for $6,554.88. Should this ‘restricted’ parcel get a tax break even though pavers, …

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Brigantine City Council Meeting Summary: Dec. 3, 2014

Dune Discount. Strike two for the Pratt property at 406 23rd Street South. Mayor Guenther has tried to get a property tax reduction for Gail Pratt, the Brigantine beachfront homeowner who was reported to have received a development waiver that allowed Pratt to construct a patio that crosses well over the construction borderline. Guenther is …

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