Brigantine owns or controls large plots of land on the island. Much of it devoted to youth sports like hockey, football, baseball and rowing. No expense spared for these popular and important activities, utilized by the full-time residents of Brigantine.
But when it comes to bocce & tennis courts, dog parks, horseback riding and/or pickleball, Brigantine just can’t find the money, space or resources.
Kathy from East Evans Pkwy has returned to address Brigantine Council. She’s a pickle-ball advocate. WATCH VIDEO.
For years, Brigantine Mayors Guenther & Simpson, along with Councilmen Vince ‘Saint’ Sera and Mike ‘Wierden’ Rierden, kicked the can down the road.
Why spend tax dollars on stuff 2nd homeowners enjoy? Much better to direct tax dollars to 6-figure employee salaries, boat checks and inflated payouts to Brigantine’s preferred engineer, Matt Doran.
Residents complain that basic maintenance is rarely performed on popular Brigantine amenities like bocce, tennis and dog park.
On Sept 4, Mayor Simpson said he had a site in mind for pickleball courts. At the same time, Simpson was plotting and scheming to get the Brigantine skate park condemned. This would make it easier to replace the property with pickleball courts.
When confronted by residents packing the council chambers, Simpson had a charge of heart. The room full of voters. The Mayor can’t disappoint that important group.
NOTE: Promises were made by Simpson, Sera and Rierden to give weekly, Pickleball updates. That never happened.
Oops, another Brigantine City Hall glitch too. Couldn’t watch the council meeting on TV. Learn more: Greenhead Transparency. Brigantine is Glitch Prone.
Group that is sorely neglected in Brigantine is mid-teens to 50-ish group.