Brigantine Police & Fire Chiefs: In & Out Under 2 years for Cash
Brigantine Mayor, Phil Guenther, is OK with stuff like this. After 2 years (barely) of service…Brigantine Police Chief Reed & Fire Chief Weidner are reportedly retiring before mid-Summer. These reports are coming directly from trusted sources within Brigantine City Hall. Why so hush hush? Many suggest that these early exits
Brigantine Hockey Coaches Under Financial Fire
Brigantine business boycotts, non-stop beef & beer fund-raisers and undocumented Snack Shack cash flow using city property. These are just a few of the items raising eyebrows from the Brigantine Taxpayers Association and other local citizens groups in Brigantine. Audits are being requested to understand how the Brigantine Hockey League
Brigantine School Superintendent Says ‘No Consolidation Needed’
Brigantine school consolidation is not needed. That’s what Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther and School Superintendent; Brian Pruitt reported last week via a highly questionable document called: Brigantine Public Schools Consolidation Study. (click to read) This so-called study was released to the general public, just minutes before it was voted upon and approved
Brigantine Links Golf Course in Hole $300,000 for 2015
The city-owned golf course, The Links at Brigantine will end 2015 with at least $300,000 worth of debt. Local taxpayers will handle the shortfall. According to The Press of Atlantic City, Mayor Phil Guenther said the golf course makes enough to cover its operating budget, but not the debt service.
Brigantine School Superintendent Opposes Consolidation
Will Brigantine taxpayers see much needed relief anytime soon? ‘Not likely’, says a growing number of concerned citizens. Explosive school district costs will tax relief a non-starter. Twelve new hires have recently been added to the Brigantine City Hall staff. Over 30 employees make over $100K (not counting OT, Health
Raises for Brigantine Fire Dept & New Icemaker for Mad Dog Morgan
Brigantine City Council and Mayor Phil Guenther voted YES on WED Oct 7, to a substantial new contract with the Fire Department. FD union leader; Tiger Platt of Absecon was quite pleased. Brigantine taxpayers not so much. Second homeowners with no representation (footing 70% of the Brig bills) were none
Brigantine Beachcomber’s Feely Escapes Police Chief Reed Harrassment
Michael Feely, a well-known writer for the Beachcomber News has decided to move away from Brigantine. Why? Evidence suggests that Feely was unfairly attacked & harassed for not ‘playing along’ with highly questionable Brigantine politics. Feely is an independent journalist and has an outstanding track record of community involvement in
Time to Consolidate Brigantine Schools & Lower Taxes.
Brigantine school district employees want more money, even though student enrollment and test scores continue to decline. As of Sept. 2015, enrollment numbers provided by Superintendent Pruitt look bleak. They slide downward every single year. Elementary school – 378 Middle school – 285 Total – 663 In 2012, the Brigantine Taxpayers
Harmful Business Busting Goes Digital on Brigantine Beach
For almost two years, the now defunct BB-NJ.com Business Directory was yet another example of taxpayer supported disruption of local retail. (see images below) The BB-NJ.com web-based directory of small business was developed, hosted, maintained and managed by Brigantine Police Officer, now Chief of Police; Tim Reed. City Council may
Brigantine Police Chief Disrupts City Council Video On-Demand
Brigantine City Manager Ed Stinson & Brigantine Police Chief, Tim Reed were on the digital hot seat this week. Are they unwittingly part of a plan to keep 2nd homeowners in the dark about City Council decisions? The Brigantine City Council meeting of SEPT 17, 2015 revealed that access for
Brigantine Public Union Stalls & Financial Fumbles Continue
Letter To The Editor: This statement was made by the Brigantine Taxpayers Association during the public comment portion of the last City council meeting on August 5, 2015. We urge you to settle the issue of the expired public union contracts, by arbitration if necessary. The fact that these employees continue
Will Mayor Guenther Step Down Over ‘Disgraceful’ Brigantine Financial Audit? Will NJ Investigate?
Brigantine bank accounts not reconciled, purchase orders in duplicate, asset ledger not maintained in 2014, and checks for 6 grand sent monthly to a Florida LLC that used to manage golf courses. Just another day inside Mayor Guenther’s City Hall. Make sure you thank Mike Feely; reporter for the Brigantine
Brigantine City Council Notes & Video. July 18, 2015
An open container/ trash hauling contract was voted on. Delucry was not happy with how it was awarded. Lot’s of pricing & estimate confusion. DeLucry questioned City Manager Stinson’s rationale for awarded bid for trash removal. Stinson: “it went past John & I’ (Doring & Stinson) What was expectation for
While Brigantine Real Estate Declined, Other NJ Shore Towns Bounced Back
A Brigantine shore house priced at $309,975 in 2013 was only worth $282,475 in 2014. That’s a nasty drop of 9% according to a recent report in Philly Magazine. Put that same house in Ventnor, Sea Isle City or Cape May, and the sales price would be up by at
Brigantine ‘Glitch Gate’ Explained. Waterfront Project of Councilman Under Scrutiny
According to a recent Brigantine Beachcomber Advertisement paid for by ‘Taxpayers First’, a series of glitches kept occurring at City Hall in regard to Councilman Andy Simpson and his 3 Sunset Court construction project. City Manager/Public Safety Director; Jim Barber, referred to these errors as ‘glitches’ at a City Council meeting.
Brigantine Police Chief, Mayor & City Council Say NO to Beach Festival.
A promising, new beach festival designed to grow the local economy was cancelled recently due to delays from the Brigantine Police Chief and City Council. That’s according to festival organizer Michael Feely. The Brigantine Blues Foundation was planning a spectacular ‘Brigantine Blues, Brews & BBQ’ festival for Saturday, Sept. 19 on
Brigantine Links Golf Course. What Does Meadowbrook do? Who is Ron Jackson? VIDEO.
One of Brigantine most valuable assets was virtually given away on Wednesday night, May 6 inside Council Chambers. Mayor Guenther, Council members Simpson, McClay, and even Brigantine’s Attorney gave the green light to hand over the Brigantine Links Golf Course Food & Beverage concession (and liquor license) to Mike ‘Mad
Brigantine Links Golf Course Deal Shrouded in Secrecy
To the editor from Anne H. Phillips of the Brigantine Taxpayers Association: “Transparency in government is not just a fine-sounding ideal but something voters expect those they elect to practice. It’s missing in the golf course deal involving its food and beverage, including alcohol, operation.” These comments were made at the April 15
NJ Says Mad Dog Has Not Filed for Liquor Sales at Brigantine Links Golf. License at Risk?
BREAKING NEWS in PRESS OF AC > Our summary of the Press report: Morgan’s Pub and Grill operating at Brigantine Links golf course for nearly three weeks with no contract….and no liquor OK from NJ state? READ FULL STORY in Press of AC > At the recent council meeting, Rick
Brigantine Taxpayers Association Questions Public Safety Contracts and Sports League Financials.
The Brigantine Taxpayers Association had their comments posted in the local papers this week. Here’s a summary of comments to City Council at the Feb 04, 2015 meeting. Anne H. Phillips of the BTA: Several meetings ago, a representative of the True Spirit Coalition spoke to Council about the increasing need