Got a semi-nasty email from a member of our Brigantine City Council a little while back. Here it is:
The New Republicans of Brigantine on Facebook. One of your latest projects? Do you really give a damn about this island? I am starting to believe not. Brigantine Now on Twitter? All fiction and lies. Evil!
…..First off, we appreciate that this council person reads BrigantineNOW.com. Some city leaders claim that they still don’t read us…..or even use the web on a regular basis. Love us or hate us….BrigantineNOW.com has become the ‘virtual town square’ of this community. Politicians & city employees can learn a lot from these pages. You may not like a post or story….but you can always comment and state your opinion. (moderated)
Here’s my reply to that well-intentioned…but misguided Councilperson:
Sorry for slow reply….but I was busy promoting & sharing news & info about our island of Brigantine….with my money & my time. See these new pics I just took of our Brigantine Golf Course.
Your email to me….calling me evil… is both funny & incredibly misguided.
You wonder if I give a damn about our island? Funny, I sometimes wonder if you, and too many Brigantine politicians… give a damn about more than just getting votes & doing deals. You see, many of us Brigantiners can’t vote. Matter of fact, about 75% of taxpayers in Brigantine don’t vote even thought we make up 75% of the tax base. We pray that YOU make good decisions for ALL of us.
Since the City of Brigantine & The Business Chamber totally STINK at marketing our island, I decided to create BrigantineNOW.com back in 2011.
This popular website is not a political platform for the Republicans or the Democrats. We think both have failed us. So we created BrigantineNOW.com. We did this to boost the ECONOMY of Brigantine. We created BrigantineNOW to share real information about the real Brigantine. Local papers don’t provide that critical service, neither do you and our elected leaders inside City Hall.
By boosting the ECONOMY of Brigantine, we can help roofers, landlords, Realtors, restaurant owners, hair salons, contractors, home sellers, city employees, 2nd home owners, investors, Marine Mammal Standing Center, The FishFinder, etc.. A better economy can also keep taxes down. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
- I spend money in Brigantine.
- I have friends & family in Brigantine that are taxpayers.
- I have friends that own businesses in Brigantine.
- I have friends who vacation in Brigantine.
- I have friends that are city employees… afraid of losing their jobs.
We get emails….”demanding” that BrigantineNOW posts editorials from partisan readers. It proves the power of BrigantineNOW.com. We scratch our heads when we get emailed about our ‘one-sided’ posts. Comments are encouraged after a post. Lot’s of differing opinions there.
BrigantineNOW is a digital media operation focused on boosting the economy of Brigantine. Sometime we post uncomfortable facts. Somebody has to do it.
We want people to buy & rent in Brigantine. We want investors to come start a business here. We want contractors to thrive. We want those on a fixed income to have more money in their pocket. Seems like no one is handling those critical issues.
If we see an issue (union contracts, overtime abuses, etc) that might have an effect on the economy of Brigantine, we either post it….. or archive it for later.
Yes. We have an agenda…but it’s not political. Of course, no one believes that. But who cares. We don’t lose sleep over that nonsense.
We just do… what we do. Promote the awesomeness of Brigantine and share the unvarnished facts about this island.
For years, the City of Brigantine and the Chamber of Commerce…have done a LOUSY job at marketing our island to the outside world. Actually, the city & chamber is unqualified to do anything connected with sales, marketing & revenue generation. No one has the guts to call them on that. Except BrigantineNOW. That’s how we roll.
But of course, you have nothing to say about the lack of new business development for Brigantine. You just attack BrigantineNOW….out of fear & ignorance.
BrigantineNOW.com is a non-partisan, news & information source for those interested in Brigantine, New Jersey.
On occasion, we do support certain issues….if we think they’ll help the overall economy of Brigantine. So far, the current City Council can’t get past dog parks, bag bans, playgrounds, golf course rfp’s, overtime scams, non-stop web glitches …… Council never focuses on the ECONOMY of Brigantine. That’s OK, though. BrigantineNOW will take up that slack.
With our money.
With our time.
Because we give a damn about this island.