NJ Governor Murphy recently gave towns like Brigantine the power to prohibit all short-term and seasonal rentals for the duration of this COVID-19 emergency. Presumably, this would help Brigantine slow the influx of coronavirus refugees. Holding back those escaping hot-spots like New York City.
Most Jersey shore communities quickly took efforts to ban ALL short-term rentals, no matter how the properties were marketed or transacted.
But here in Brigantine, elected officials lead by Mayor Simpson and Councilman Riordan tried something really stupid and incredibly dangerous.
Dangerous & Greedy. Brigantine’s COVID-19 Rental Scam.
On April 1, 2020, Brigantine City Council quietly voted to ban sites like AirBnB, while allowing local real estate offices to conduct rental business as usual. The meeting was held online. No public awareness or input. No up-to-date agenda. No available draft of rental resolution to be discussed.
Once word got out, shit hit the fan.
Talk of class action lawsuits and suspension of property tax bills. Taxpayers ultra-pissed, especially those who invest millions into marketing Brigantine vacation properties.
Watch Video from April 1, 2020
Conflict of interest? Mayor Simpson allegedly owns property being used by a real estate office. Councilman Riordan is a local real estate agent. Both probably should have recused themselves during that April 1 vote.
Don’t let a crisis go to waste.
Did Simpson and Riordan see benefit in stopping AirBnB competition while boosting their own real estate interests?
Mayor Simpson and Brigantine City Council made despicable, greedy decision during dangerous health crisis.
That’s how they roll inside Brigantine City Hall, the birthplace of Greenhead Politics.
Picking winners and losers. At any time.
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CITY OF BRIGANTINE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING. APRIL 9, 2020
- Resolution 2020-69 Re: Rental Property Restrictions
City Council will discuss Administrative Order 2020-8 issued by the NJ Office of Emergency
Management which provides for municipalities to impose restrictions in response to COVID-19
on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, private residences or parts thereof to accept new
transient guests or seasonal tenants after April 5, 2020.
- The City Council of the City of Brigantine reserves the right to consider, discuss and/or take any
formal action upon resolutions or ordinances not appearing on the printed agenda.
CITY OF BRIGANTINE RESOLUTION NO. 2020-69
Rental Property Restrictions
WHEREAS, The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has issued Administrative Order 2020-8, a
copy of which is attached hereto and made apart hereof; and
WHEREAS, AO 2020-8 provides for municipalities to impose restrictions in response to COVID-19 on the
ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, to accept new transient
guests or seasonal tenants after April 5, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the City of Brigantine wishes to imposes such restrictions and provide for procedures to
effectuate such restrictions; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council support such restrictions and believe that such restrictions when
properly applied shall benefit the City.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Brigantine, in response to COVID-19, authorizes
restrictions on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses or private residences, or parts thereof, to
accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator in consultation with the
City Manager shall establish and coordinate such programs as are necessary to effectuate such
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Emergency Management Coordinator and the City Manager shall
provide period reports to City Council as the results and effectiveness of the program implemented.