Brigantine homeowners & local business operators were not pleased by a recent ‘Patriot News’ interview with a Brigantine Real Estate agent. Was the agent sucker punched inside another negative story about Brigantine? The Patriot News is a part of PennLive.com; the largest website in central PA. Read the online version of the article here: Luck Sours for Jersey Shore Town near Atlantic City, and Sandy has little to do with it.
The reporter quotes agent; Arno Apel from Ashore Realty, as saying some pretty dismal things about the Brigantine economy. The owner of the agency; Dennis Allen, says the interview and eventual Newspaper story was inaccurate & taken out of context.
Here’s one such angry email from a Brigantine homeowner, sent to the reporter / writer of this article :
Dear John Luciew,
The article you published in The Patriot News ( and online at Central PA website: http://www.PennLive.com ) is very disturbing. I don’t know the actual basis for Mr. Apel’s take on Brigantine and Atlantic City. I have multiple luxury rental properties in the $6000/week category and I’m almost fully booked. I did reduce my rates a bit this year, due to a sluggish start and more properties available as rentals.
The main reason that rentals are down or a bit late this year? There is no marketing of our beautiful island, stating that we’re back to normal.
Shops, restaurants, most homes and our beaches are back to gorgeous, with two completed beach replenishments.
You see, Brigantine is the best kept secret with beautifully groomed beaches, gorgeous properties in every price range, safe quiet streets, happy smiling faces, a golf course, a miniature golf course, the normal tee shirt/souvenir shops, ice cream/ pizza/ bakery shops, full size Acme market, restaurants, no traffic, no parking meters or parking issues….. I can go on and on.
Brigantine is the best kept secret because those with power just plain want to keep it to themselves.
Although the Governor is now leading an ad campaign through television ads, it was late in getting onto the airways. It really should have started in March, as we were up and running here in Brigantine almost right away. Are the New Jersey shore ads running in your markets?
Mr. Apel was correct in his thoughts that the economy has affected the rental market here but not because our guests are not willing to use their money to enjoy our town for a week in the summer. Part of the reason for slower rental bookings is an economy effect, BUT that effect is not a lack of vacationers coming to our town.
Our inventory has increased due to the fact that many more homeowners that did not previously rent out their 2nd homes are now doing so because of the financial burdens of their personal assets. So renting out 2nd homes helps to bring in some rental money to off-set 2nd home hardships. This theory has been validated through the Brigantine Fire Marshall’s office that has the duty of inspecting seasonal rental properties. They have had a marked increase in the number of summer rental properties of the last few years, as our economy tanked.
As for Atlantic City, Mr Apel’s take on Atlantic City is confusing to me. Although the numbers are down for the casinos, that does not negate the fact that the casinos are an asset to the Brigantine community and the State of New Jersey,as a whole.
The mainland of AC is just over the bridge to our Island and is home to many 4 star dining experiences. The shows, acts and entertainers brought into the casinos are top rate. The nightclubs are first rate too. The casinos are located in two districts, the Borgata (very high end), Harrah’s beautiful high end casino and the Golden Nugget (recently renovated throughout) and home of a large marina with multi-million dollar yachts, right over the bridge from Brigantine. They are beautiful casinos and they are a part of our Brigantine Beach skyline.
The other AC casinos line the boardwalk. One casino after another with “Boardwalk type” shops and restaurants placed in between… all with ocean views, many with wonderful beach bars.
Yes, Atlantic City has “seedy” areas. Doesn’t every city of this type? But you don’t go to them, you don’t even have to drive through them anymore. So Mr. Apel’s take may reflect a poor travel route on his part.
Further, on the casinos…. the casinos in the neighboring states do not compare with the Atlantic City casinos in size of gaming, restaurants, entertainment, glitz, glamour, room appointments, and more. New Jersey casinos are far superior in every way.
Many of my Brigantine vacation rental guests come from the central PA area that your Newspaper covers. I believe the interview given by Mr. Apel was full of mis-information and incorrect conjecture on his part.
Please counter your previous article with the information I just provided. Brigantine is an island jewel waiting for happy Pennsylvanians to enjoy and experience the wonderful island of Brigantine.