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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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Expanded 4×4 Beaches in Brigantine? Links Golf Bleeding Cash.

Links Golf Course losing greater amounts of money. Brigantine CFO Roxanne Tosto was called out for potential accounting mistakes in regards to Brigantine Links Golf Course. How much will taxpayers have to subsidize the course? Over past 3 years, Brigantine taxpayers have coughed up $1.5 million to keep the Golf Course afloat. Links at Brigantine Golf Bleeding …

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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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Links at Brigantine Golf Course Preps for Even Worse 2016.

The Brigantine Links Golf Course was on the verge of rebound & revitalization with Golf Management expert Ron Jaworski at the table. Our course was minutes from helping to boost local Real Estate values and Brigantine tourism. Indeed, Ron Jaworski Golf was quite interested in turning around our money losing, insanely mis-managed golf course. It …

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How to Use OPRA Anonymously. Keeping Brigantine Council Honest.

Brigantine residents, especially 2nd home-owners, might want to use OPRA to find out how their money is being spent. Not happy with virtually no representation from Brigantine City Council? Disappointed with limited questioning of Council majority’s blatant financial malfeasance? Voters hoped Brigantine Democrat leader; Lisa McClay would have shared details of Chief Reed’s $131,000 retirement …

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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 operates, and why the City …

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Brigantine Real Estate Slump; Caused by City Hall Tax & Spend?

Brigantine Real Estate brokers, agents & builders know the truth. Brigantine’s most important economic driver is Real Estate. Home building, buying, selling, repair, home-lifting, bulkheads, kitchen & bath upgrades, landscaping, painting, insurance, etc. This is just a small sampling of what drives the economy on Brigantine Island. When that Real Estate engine is compromised or …

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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 by the Brigantine School Board. …

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Brignatine Council to Vote on 3rd Ward Replacement

The Democratic municipal chairman for Brigantine; Jerry Szucs submitted 3rd ward nominations to the City Clerk; Lynn Sweeney on December 11. Szucs was delivering three names to fill the vacant seat of former Brigantine 3rd ward councilman Joe Picardi, who recently retired prior to the end of his term. The three names submitted: Gary Shea …

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