Hard to believe. At one time, Brigantine Beach was chock full of marinas like ‘The Fishfinder’. Started 20 years ago by Joe Fumo, The Fishfinder Marina and Party Boat business might be feeling a bit claustrophobic as of late. New construction now towers over this popular tourist attraction from both sides. Some suggest that one particular neighbor might find the boat yard & fishing boat view….. ‘not so appealing’.
Motels, restaurants, stores, …even a bowling alley and a world famous haunted castle. Brigantine Beach had them all at one time.
Somewhere in the mid-90’s, Brigantine leadership decided to open the floodgates, throw out smart zoning rules, and allow far-too-easy conversion of commercial/mixed use buildings into luxury homes and condos. Almost no attention was paid to potential ramifications of those moves.
Did Brigantine city planners think is was no longer necessary to preserve and nurture commercial areas along our shores?
Fast-paced home construction took off. Builders thrived and scrambled to keep up with demand.
What’s better for Brigantine? A prudent mix of residential, commercial and attraction based properties? Or will Brigantine Beach be better off evolving into a upscale residential community with limited tourist & destination based businesses?
What do you think? Leave your thoughts below.