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Brigantine Council Steps Up Ham-Handed, Short-Term Rental Crack Down

WATCH VIDEO >Brigantine Council Real Estate Rental Ruse & Golf Course Scam. Watch video clips of Brigantine City Council meeting of May 6. Discussion includes draconian crack-down on all short-term rental properties NOT represented by local real estate offices. Property owners bracing for selective enforcement of short-term rentals in Brigantine. Fines, legal fees, revocations of …

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Brigantine Anger, Fear & Confusion. Reader Feedback. COVID-19 Mismanagement.

It’s getting ugly. COVID-19 chaos erupting in Brigantine? Some second homeowners report being targeted by the few remaining neanderthals that still inhabit Brigantine Island. Verbal threats, the ‘egging’ of their properties, and let’s not forget social media shaming. Yup. Still lot’s of shoobie-go-home rhetoric. What else is new. So much going on…. so here’s a …

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Petition to Keep Beaches of Brigantine Open

Keep our Brigantine beaches open during this COVID-19 pandemic? A petition is gaining momentum to do just that. Sign petition here. The petition to keep all Brigantine Beaches open will be sent to: Brigantine Mayor Andy Simpson and all of City Council. Vince Sera Michael Riordan Karen Bew Paul Lettieri Dennis Haney Rick DeLucry Whereas …

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Brigantine OK with Golfing, Will Block AirBnB Rentals, But Not Local Realtors.

Watch Video 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 …

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Brigantine Council Still Allows Marketing & Negotiation of Short-Term Rental Contracts

Brigantine City Council had another emergency meeting about short-term rentals on April 9. See video above. During this time of COVID-19, how do we effectively slow the influx of visitors and short term renters into Brigantine? On April 1, Council only took aim at online rental marketing like AirBnB. Local realtors, their online advertising and …

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Brigantine OKs Dangerous COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Resolution

While other shore towns are banning ALL short-term rentals for the time being, Brigantine still allows local realtors to conduct business as usual. To be clear, the only action Brigantine City Council took on April 1, 2020….. was to force AirBnB type sites to REMOVE all Brigantine rental listings. FACT: Local realtors never use AirBnB. …

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Can Brigantine Handle Growing Pension Payouts?

Brigantine residents recently learned that another Police Chief will soon retire from that position, after barely 2 years on the job. Why does Brigantine have a revolving door of Chiefs? This has been going on for quite some time. Could it be way to pump up Brigantine pension payouts? We hope not. Brigantine 2nd homeowners …

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Brigantine Council Still Can’t Find Land for Pickleball Courts

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, …

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Brigantine Greenhead Politics. A Story That Taxpayers Were Never Told.

When John Costello was hired as the new Director of Public Works for Brigantine, he was expected to maintain the status quo and enjoy the ride at taxpayers’ expense. Costello instead began an earnest effort to clean up the city, which resulted in an immaculate town filled with delighted residents. Read ‘Greenhead Politics’ below. Corruption, …

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Taking Back Brigantine. Step by Step Guide by Albert Zini

Brigantine homeowners, especially those who invested heavily in secondary vacation homes, have been stepping up their inquiries into a variety of questionable City Hall financial activity. For over 15 years, Brigantine has been consistently identified as having some of the worst record keeping & financial accounting of any small town along the South Jersey shore….and …

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Brigantine Republicans Say NO to Election Debate

On September 10, 2018, representatives from the Brigantine Democratic party contacted Mr. Angelo Sciarra, the Brigantine Republican Club President. The letter included the following excerpt: The 2018 Brigantine Democratic candidates, Rick DeLucry, Denise Hakanson and Jerry Szucs would like to invite Andy Simpson, Vince Sera and Mike Riordan to participate in a Brigantine Candidate Forum. …

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Guenther & Simpson OK Brigantine Dune Destruction by Homeowners

“I see no harm” says Brigantine Councilman Andy Simpson. Mayor Guenther and Vince Sera concur. They all voted YES to allow Brigantine dune destruction by select homeowners. Oddly, Brigantine Democrats did little to share this information with local taxpayers. The Brigantine Republican majority adopted the dune destruction / maintenance ordinance. They call it “dune maintenance”. Others …

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Brigantine Candidate Sera Breaks 8th Commandment While Attending Mass.

After 12 years of Catholic school, we’re pretty sure Brigantine Councilman Vince Sera once again, broke the 8th Commandment. Thou shall not lie. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Mr. Sera, hoping to retain his Brigantine council seat, decided to bear false witness against his neighbor / political opponent, Jerry Szucs. What better way …

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Refund: Dune Carve-Out in Brigantine. DEP Duped?

In 2015, Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther lowered taxes for one lucky resident who seems to have removed protected dunes in order to have more private, beachfront space. Guenther wanted the property value of 406 23rd Street South reduced by $384,000. A refund was issued for $6,554.88. Should this ‘restricted’ parcel get a tax break even though pavers, …

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Brigantine Still Handing Out Longevity Pay, 4 Years After Voting to Stop It.

Time to once again point the finger at Brigantine’s City Manager Stinson. According to the BTA, Brigantine Taxpayers Association, it looks like Mr. Stinson didn’t get the memo. Brigantine longevity pay was phased out in 2013, but Stinson is still doling out the cash. Longevity pay is bonus money for public employees that simply show …

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