Brigantine Business Taking Up Too Much Sidewalk? Simpson Facing Criticism.

No place to walk. Too much of the sidewalk is being used by local Brigantine business?

Sidewalk clutter not pedestrian-friendly in Brigantine.

Brigantine Councilman Andy Simpson facing criticism for not getting a handle on this awkward, potentially dangerous retail battle. Allegations include Simpson being called out for playing favorites with local business.

Second homeowners have also expressed frustration with how Councilman Simpson, and the current Brigantine administration, have handled property tax assessments.

Retailers Face Complaints for Blocking Sidewalk

Did you see the ad? From Brigantine Times, July 20, 2018. It reads:

A City Official informed Don Berkman at Surf Sundries that there was too much merchandise on the sidewalk. If it is not removed, he will be arrested.

He states, I will not go to court and will be arrested and go to jail of the issue.”

He will close the store this Fall and never reopen.

There will be a sign saying he is closed because of what Brigantine Officials have done to him.

He has been in business here since 1962.

Berkman, according to the ad he purchased in the Brigantine Times, will no longer support the BPD, BFD, or City in the future.

It’s still unknown why the publisher of the Brigantine Times ran the ad that diminishes the great work of Brigantine Public Safety.

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  • Betty says:

    Who cares if he closes the store it is a mess it’s an eyesore and he is very nasty hopefully he will close and someone else will open a nice store to go in with happy owners !!

    • mo cheeks says:

      Yeah, been in the store a few times over the years and the guy is a big ol’ grump. Even overheard a phone conversation had with one of his kids on Father’s Day and he told them to never call him again and that they can tell their mother the same. Nasty.

  • Former Brigantine homeowner says:

    Arrest him if necessary. Everyone has the right to walk on the sidewalk, and his *merchandise* is in the way. Let him close up shop after he serves his sentence/pays his fine; he’s a stalker who has long shadowed customers in the store, suspecting everyone of being a shoplifter. He’s sold overpriced junk for too many years. Good riddance.

    • bob flanagan says:

      you are exactly right, he harrased my son by accusing my grandaughters of shoplifting 6 and 8 years old !

  • Part-time resident says:

    Get a grip DB. How do you not see it? Would rather ‘be that guy’ and fight it, playing the martyr role. Come on, clean it up a little and move on.

  • Angela Di Somma says:

    I feel sorry for the business owners in Brigantine.They have their”sidewalk sales” because summer is the only time they have to make any money to pay their year round bills….

  • Pubic Safety Supporter says:

    The rest of the story. The following week he THANKED the City in his ad in The Times for helping him out. There’s got to be more to the WHOLE story

  • Bob tuvock says:

    I tripped and nearly fell because of the junk on the sidewalk take it away

  • Anonymous says:

    He is NOT closing the store!!

  • Bob tuvock says:

    Close it down