Via the live ZOOM feed, Brigantine City Council voted YES and raised the salary of their new City Manager from $100k to $150K per year. And let’s not forget that really sweet benefit package that includes health care, pension, longevity pay and other perks.
Watch video: AUG 2, 2023 Brigantine City Council meeting.
Tiger Platt is the new City Manager of Brigantine. He’s the former Brigantine Fire Chief who’s a resident of Absecon.
To date, Platt has been supportive of the 2,000 STRs operating HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES within the residential neighborhoods of Brigantine.
Critics of Platt question his lack of city management experience. Why such a rich salary for a rookie? The previous better-qualified city manager (Jim Bennett) was only paid $100k.
That extra $50K could be better spent in hiring a code enforcement officer or Brigantine rental inspector.
Why are Sera & Platt changing fabric of our Brigantine Beach community?45 yr Brigantine resident.
Platt being criticized for lack of action on worsening, short-term rental problems in Brigantine.
Over-crowding of vacation homes. Occupancy maximums being ignored. Safety hazards. Parking and noise violations. Zoning violations.
Brigantine has an overworked inspection and code enforcement team of 2 or 3 employees.
Weak enforcement of weak ordinance passed in 2017.
As predicted, Sera pushing issue back thru September or longer, when most residents are gone for the off-season.
If Mayor Sera can maintain this slow-walk of STR reform, most 2024 Brigantine summer rental contracts will be valid and ‘grandfathered’ in.
Sera admits he ‘takes his time to get it right’. Sounds admirable, but his slow-walk is already affecting the 2024 summer rental season.
Neighboring towns like Ventnor and Margate have already enacted common sense STR rules. Yet Sera and Platt claim ignorance. Bothstonewalling residents with flimsy fearful, legal voodoo. ‘We’ll have our attorney look at it.’
Sera can’t understand why Councilman / real estate agent Mike Riordan wouldn’t recuse himself in regards to STR votes. Riordan should ignore Sera and recuse himself. It’s the honorable thing to do.
Short-term rentals, STR’s, are of no benefit to the Brigantine community.
There’s too much delay in reforming problematic, toothless STR laws.
That 2,000 STR number came from the Brigantine Rental Inspection office. Does that dept head have 2,000 rental permits he can show us?Real Deal Brigantiner
City of Brigantine needs a deep-dive audit of municipal operations.
- Construction official is Rich Stevens
- The Fire office handles inspections.
On Aug 16, recommendations will be made public, claims Sera. Then, a potential Sept. agenda item announced. Note: That item could also be easily delayed and amended.
Public comment will only be available after Labor Day inside City Hall. No remote online commenting. Sera and Platt still prohibit remote public comment via ZOOM.
Will Real Estate agent Riordan and the home inspector on Brigantine City Council recuse themselves? Sera plays coy and punts to city attorney.
Watch full Brigantine City Council meeting here.