The future of Brigantine Beach, NJ. was the theme at last night’s Republican sponsored meet-up at the Links Club House. A standing room only crowd was in attendance to hear Mayor Phil Guenther & Councilman Andy Simpson dissect some critical issues facing the citizens of our evolving barrier island.
Topic #1 on the agenda was the golf course. At issue is how to best leverage this city asset, hurt from the effects of a down economy and to a certain extent, the recent storm. Most attendees seemed to agree that recent improvements to the course (like drainage fixes) have been positive and is early proof of a rebound.
The city will own the golf course outright, in less than 5 years.
The Republican sponsored meet-up also noted opposing and less popular views on how the 185 acre golf course could be leveraged. These views have been endorsed by Democratic councilman, Tony Pullella. Concern from local home owners revolve around councilman Pullella’s position: lease out the course for 25 years to a vendor that Mr. Pullella endorses.
Mayor Phil Guenther urged the citizens of Brigantine to attend this Wednesday’s council meeting starting at 6pm. Potentially, a council vote will take place that could move it in the direction that councilman Pullella would prefer.
The evening also featured the announcement of a new, grass roots organization.
WATCH VIDEO: Vince Sera of ‘Respectable Government for Brigantine’ speaks to local citizens.
This group wants a more streamlined and effective government structure in Brigantine.
Representatives from ‘Respectable Government for Brigantine’ spoke to the crowd and were warmly embraced.
Signatures were gathered and website / Facebook pages were shared. Respectable Government for Brigantine welcomes the opportunity to speak at any community meeting that welcomes guest speakers.
They see the current form of Brigantine government to be ineffective. Vince Sera said: ‘All down beach communities have commission forms of government. When the current form of government was ushered into Brigantine, the island population was somewhere near 15,000 residents. Today, we’re closer to 9,000. Smaller government is appropriate.’