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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 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. Widespread …

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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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Links at Brigantine Golf Drops $200,000 in Annual Revenue. VIDEO

Why is the Brigantine Links Golf Course still a financial burden on local taxpayers? That was the big question at the recent Brigantine City Council meeting on March 1., 2017. The call for transparency about the Brigantine Links Golf Course. It’s like pulling teeth getting regular updates on this under-leveraged, prime asset, says a group …

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‘Pay To Play’ Still a Problem With Brigantine Contracts

Is Brigantine City Manager; Ed Stinson, following NJ State mandated Pay to Play (“PTP”) regulations? As of Sept. 2016, that answer is no. WATCH VIDEO. PTP applies to most contracts the City of Brigantine enters into with vendors, contractors and other professional service providers. In general, the PTP requirements compel the contracting party to disclose …

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Brigantine Re-Hires Doran Engineering, Known for Improper Billing

WATCH VIDEO > Doran Engineering, well-known & well-documented for improper & likely illegal billing of services to the City of Brigantine, has been re-hired. According to the Brigantine Beachcomber, Mayor Guenther said: “I don’t know of any evidence of improper billing”. Is 26+ year Mayor Phil Guenther’s memory failing him? Is City Manager Ed Stinson …

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Brigantine Report Shows Over-Taxation, Employee Count UP.

The Brigantine City Council budget for 2016 is another whopper. Some surprising and record-breaking activity was revealed. The municipal fund balance ending Dec 31, 2015 (surplus) was $5,334,840. That’s the highest amount in Brigantine’s history. According to the Brigantine Taxpayers Association, such an outsize amount of money is bad financial practice and is frowned on …

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City Kills Mad Dog Morgan Golf Award. RFP Will Be Re-Posted.

Most of Brigantine City Council had egg on their face once again. This time, it was with the non-compliant Mad Dog Morgan deal for food and beverage service at Brigantine Golf Links. As BrigantineNOW reported on Feb. 4, 2016, the city failed to properly advertise the RFP (request for proposal). It now must be rebid. Mayor …

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Brigantine Awards Mad Dog Morgan Golf Contract. RFP Bid Corrupted

On Wed. night Feb. 3, 2016, one of Brigantine’s most valuable assets was once again mis-handled and frittered away. The food & beverage contract with unknown and un-signed terms, for the Links at Brigantine Golf Course was awarded to Mike Morgan, owner of Mad Dog Morgan’s and a former public employee of Brigantine. Morgan was …

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New Brigantine Police Union Contract Not Signed. Details Unknown

The City of Brigantine has yet to publicly release an approved, signed labor agreement with Brigantine Police officers that was voted on Sept. 2, 2015 by City Council. As of Jan 26, 2016, a signed Brig PD contract has not been shared by City Hall, even after OPRA requests were filed for it. Anecdotal evidence …

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Police Capt. Cox Sued Brigantine. Wins. Gets $325,000 Settlement

Cha-ching. Another big Brigantine public employee payday on Fantasy Island. Former Brigantine Police Capt. Ray Cox will receive $325,000 in a settlement related to a lawsuit he filed against the city in 2013. This does not include costs associated with 2 years of litigation. This payout will be in addition to his pension & healthcare…all taken …

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