Brigantine Politics and Local Retail Business

The old Steak 38 building sat there empty on Brigantine Blvd since 2008. In 2013, a local developer took a chance and put this once great attraction back on the road to recovery. Click thru to watch video. This former eyesore went from high-profile embarrassment to high-profile proof that Brigantine could be on a tourism rebound. More jobs. More tourists. More home buyers & renters.

Unfortunately, retail business & entrepreneurship seem to be frowned upon in Brigantine. We’re famous for years of insane ice cream debates, Council’s mis-management of a great golf course, killing off restaurants, shady Real Estate deals and boasting about how much we dislike motels. (See the city’s recent promo video)

At the recent council meeting on Feb 18, (watch video clip below) the developer asked a simple question about the parking & land around the Old Steak 38 property. He offers to do almost anything to help move this issue forward. He’s been asking council for feedback… for well over 4 months now. He gets nothing but double talk and delay. The famous ‘Brigantine Business Stall’ has begun.

In the video below, you’ll see and hear why the Brigantine retail environment is in decline. Photos of the area being discussed, can also be seen below.

  • Mr. Pullella creatively dodges question and does a deep dive into the fascinating history of parking in Brigantine.
  • Councilman /developer /speculator / potential restaurant competitor Pullella completes his vehicular placement lesson by admitting that cars could be towed & ticketed behind the old Steak 38 if someone complained. Indeed, local seagulls and a few mice might find a parked Toyota to be a nuisance back there.
  • Councilman Kern added more verbal gobbledy-gook to the so-called answer that Mr. Pullella just dished out.
  • Councilwoman McClay, emboldened by her moves that will pull valuable shoppers to her temp Farmers Market this Summer, chimed in with sweet sounding smoke.
  • Joe Piccardi; sadly, towed the party line and amplified the anti-tourist vibe by adding more verbal discouragement for this rare piece of retail growth and development.
  • Rick DeLucry (shrewd Real Estate & land development attorney)  did what he does best: explore possible legal disaster scenarios for this lonely parcel of Brigantine asphalt.