Brigantine City Council met again on April 15. Topics included selective enforcement of stay-at-home rules. For example, the baseball fields are closed, but people are still golfing at the Links at Brigantine, for free.
Resident Jim Mackey sees people golfing at the Brigantine Golf Course. Mayor Simpson brushes it aside. He doesn’t see it as a problem.
Councilperson Karen Bew, who heads the Links Golf Course committee, had no comment. It’s true, insiders are still playing golf in Brigantine, for free.
Mayor Simpson, who increasingly sounds like a bumbling Joe Biden, admits people are out there hitting some balls around. ‘I like to see that, people out there playing some golf.’ Brigantine Mayor Andy Simpson often contradicts himself in the same sentence.
Note: Links at Brigantine Golf operates in the red. It’s a taxpayer subsidized money loser.
Councilman Dennis Haney talked about a 14-day travel quarantine that Councilman Riordan was pushing. Riordan, a real estate agent, reported that NJ State Senator Chris Brown would like to block all the roads into Ventnor if he could.
Spy & report on your short-term rental neighbors. Brigantine Fire Department will assist in the effort.
Brigantine Councilman Dennis Haney highlighted potential, past error committed by Council. Riordan blew a gasket. Immediately jumped down Haney’s throat. Riordan gets defensive fast. A total spazz.
Councilman Riordan is having such a bad month, might he step down? At the very least, Riordan should recuse himself whenever talking about Brigantine real estate & rentals. Same goes for Mayor Simpson. City Solicitor Scerni sees nothing wrong so far.
Will Brigantine public employees be furloughed? Laid off? Not likely.
Brigantine’s front beach is still open. So is the inlet jetty. But Mayor Simpson says they will likely be closed soon too, as the weather warms up.
Councilman Vince Sera asked about short-term rental enforcement. Sera, like the rest of council, endorses the ratting out of your neighbors. Fire Dept will handle enforcement duties. See someone you think doesn’t belong here? Rat em’ out. Many doubt local realtor rentals will face the same scrutiny.
As of June 1st, AirBnB will place a ‘calendar block’ on all Brigantine rentals, until further notice. VRBO, Home-Away and other short-term rental sites will also place a block on all Brigantine rentals effective June 1st, til further notice.
Brigantine City Hall is ready to issue summons to violators, and revoke rental privileges.
These same draconian measures will NOT be applied to local Brigantine real estate websites.
Brigantine City Hall always picking winners and losers. Brigantine real estate agents hate AirBnB type sites.
If you’re one of the 500+ property owners that use sites like AirBnB to pay your Brigantine taxes & mortgage, you’ll be faced with a very uncertain 2020 summer season.
Mayor Simpson will control when your rental listings get un-blocked. That’s a harmful conflict of interest for the Mayor who has substantial Brigantine real estate investments.
FACT: Local real estate offices in Brigantine only had to promise, (scouts honor) that they’d stop marketing their short-term rentals. History suggests that many will ignore that request.
Think Brigantine City Council & local real estate offices will play fair? Don’t bet on it.
Brigantine City Council would like to remind everyone that taxes are due on MAY 1.