Brigantine’s City Manager is looking for real estate advice. Manager Blumenthal has asked Brigantine City Council if we should sell some municipal property asap, or wait until property values increase. The old Brigantine Civic Center and old library/beach badge building on 15th Street are two properties that could be put on the block.
We say SELL NOW for 5 Big Reasons.
- Vacant properties depress ALL property values (Steak & Shake, Burger King)
- No one’s in charge of boosting property values & marketing value of Brigantine Real Estate
- Cash in hand NOW, is better than potentially worse valuations later
- Smart developer could beautify/commercialize/create additional tax revenue w/ properties
- Continuing valuation erosion & increase of distressed properties = easy target for unscrupulous ‘insiders’
Other Brigantine City Council Stuff.
Brigantine Historical Museum asked city to consider proposal for a move to 15th Street location.
City purchased 100 new trash cans for the beach. They’re designed to accept advertising (which grows revenue)…and be operated by a one-man crew.
City looking for management group – take over mini-golf course at 42nd st. This valuable city asset has been a money pit. It’s also a feature on Brigantine Island that visitors would LOVE to know about. Alas, it’s NEVER advertised and marketed. EVER. That’s why it still looks brand new after all these years….it’s barely used. Thank you Brigantine Chamber of Commerce! Some on Brigantine City Council think that privatizing the facility could be better. Ya think? Geez. No kidding. The minimum bid to manage the Brigantine Mini-Golf is set at $18,000 and will be a blind bid process.
Mayor Guenther & Councilman Andy Simpson presented an alternative, and VERY SMART proposal to substantially reduce the Brigantine municipal budget. Guenther & Simpson’s proposal is a well thought-out alternative to the scary Brigantine Democratic endorsed 2013 budget. The next council meeting on April 17 will be a big night. That’s when the 2013 budget will get voted in by the Democratic majority on council.
FYI – Brigantine City Council meetings are STILL not available online. They can only be witnessed in person or on local Channel 2. We’re not surprised. Brigantine is reluctant to adopt easy, in-expensive and common online tools to communicate and engage with the ‘non-full time, non-voting residents & taxpayers’. (so called 70%-ers)
The meeting agenda and supporting documents are available online prior to the meeting at www.bb-nj.com.