Lack of Communication from Brigantine ?

Commentary from ‘Scott S’… Am I the only one who’s beyond upset about the lack of communication by Brigantine government to the homeowners about what is happening in Brigantine? I certainly realize there are many things going on right now however I feel that one of their responsibilities is to communicate to the home owners of Brigantine. There was 0 communication with Irene and there has been near 0 communication with Sandy.

The official Brigantine website is a complete joke! This must change in the future. I certainly hope it’s a long time before anything like this happens again but this can not continue!

  • from Lou Gana: Brigantine Government needs to do a better job. Total BS that we haven’t received official word on when we can return. They need to update their websites and use social media to get the word out. Very frustrating to think that they mayor can’t hold a news conference like every other shore town. I have a house on Hagen and the only info I know is from a picture I saw on 6abc of my house courtesy of my neighbor. It didn’t look to bad but not sure when the pic was taken. Any info would be great and please let us know when the ‘official’ word of when we can get on the island is announced.
  • from Gary Shea: I just spoke to a friend of mine who is a city councilman and they are having a meeting at 11AM this morning (Wednesday) in which they will most likely decide to let people back on the island this afternoon. However, many if not most areas still do not have power and the place is still a mess.

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Vern D

I had first hand observance of what was going on in the dispach center before/during/after the storm. ALL phone lines lit up at once, as well as 9-1-1, some asking where to get a cup of coffee??? When those phone lines ring, you never know before you answer if it is someone needing help or someone looking for information that can be found elsewhere. I KNOW people are concerned. But I also heard the city’s phone lines were down for days. The Police/Fire/OEM ARE making notifications via Nixle.com and the reverse 9-1-1. People will get no different answers on the… Read more »

Scott S.

I am “Scott S.” the person who started the thread on poor communication from Brigantine officials I would like to keep things rolling on this because 99% of the chat on this website is because we, the people of Brigantine, have been kept largely in the dark throughout this whole ordeal! I started this topic originally with a tweet and had by far majority support but still some who felt otherwise. The following is in response to my first tweet: ============================== Let’s talk facts folks….. First and foremost, I am forever indebted to the men and women of Brigantine’s EMS,… Read more »

Bob

Tina and others are right: C’mon people, lighten up. I understand the frustration you have, but the island has no power, no phones, no sewer, no cell service, no food, no gas. It’s likely worse than the ’62 storm. Let the professionals do their job—there’s nothing you can do on the island right now except get it the way of the relief efforts. I know it’s tough not knowing (I myself have extended family and friends on the island and finding info has been difficult), but don’t be so anxious to return—let them get some power back, clear some streets,… Read more »

johnny

By some fluke i was able to get through on the ac expressway at about 3pm on wed. Got all the way to ac(could have gone into the city) and took exit 1 got through the tunnel and got over the brigantine bridge. On the brig side of the bridge there was 5 cop cars that had it blocked off. I live on brigantine blvd right on the outbound side a few houses from the bridge. They wouldnt even let me walk over and take a look at my 1st floor. Saw the street there was no reason i shouldnt… Read more »

Tina

I am totally in agreement with all of you that the City of Brigantine needs to do a better job communicating with the residents and updating us on the status of things. Leadership is obvious lacking, and for a place we all call home it’s unnerving to be in the dark. In the future this is all needs to be addressed and corrected. However, with all that being said, can you stop and listen to what you are saying? Thank God for the people who stayed on the island and didn’t evacuate? SERIOUSLY? Sandy was the worst storm we’ve encountered… Read more »

robin

My husband tried to go onto the island today10/31 and the police are saying that obama is with chris christie and they are looking at the damage, but as soon as they let us back on we are going there and i will give everyone an update.

Kim P

I understand that there are few police and emergency personnel on the island but they had advance warning – like we all did – that the storm was coming. I visited my home on 5th St S. Saturday ahead of the storm to make sure it was secure (as it could be)so couldn’t the public officials also take steps to be prepared. You can pay a temp to sit in the City office and type messages or answer calls and emails. Our tax dollars would pay for that! I’m very disappointed that I know more about other shore towns than… Read more »

Bill M

I am thankful for the brave police and fire fighters who stayed and rescued people who were in trouble. City Leadership is awful. There has been a news blackout since the hurricane hit. The police are plugged into social media – twitter, etc. It takes all of 30 seconds to send out a tweet. And I don’t want to hear that their Internet is down. Cell phones are working. They did themselves a tremendous disservice as well. I am sure the city phone operators are swamped. All they would have to do is leave a message on the phones to… Read more »

tony3811

Yes, this is very unfortunate. Please take a look at this Blog feed to see more commentary on the Brigantine Government, namely the Police Force’, lack of genuine leadership and simple communication to it’s residents: http://local.nixle.com/alert/4906560/

Greg Merlino

Agree with everythig said here. these posts need to be sent to the Mayor and Town Council….unacceptable actions on their part. I don’t care how dire the situation, communication to residents isn’t an option, it’s a must!

Laura O

Scott, same here. I respect the fact that they closed the island and understand their decision, but there should not be a news “black out”. Give us updates and aerial coverage so we can get a sense of what we may be dealing with. My only source of information has been this website and thankfully a few good souls kind enough to share their info with us.

Linda

I agree, I tryed to call police and all they said was they were only answering emergency calls and watch the media. What media,nothing been said about Brigantine at all

deneen

Anyone w info on when we can return to our paradise please call me 6093317759

Deborah l

I totally agree with your comments. Too much emphasis is being placed on other shore points, but no one is saying what’s going on in Brigantine. The police say they are too busy, don’t call.

Cate R.

Scott,

I also agree. Thank goodness for this site. It should be someone in government’s responsibility to communicate to the public since we are not permitted on the island.

Here is another score for the communications from Brigantine government. . . ZERO. Absolutely the worst. I accept that Brigantine is smaller than most of the towns that held press conferences, in person or by phone, but there is no excuse for not establishing some channel of communications. Sorry, I have to re-score to a THREE. I recalled a phone interview on TV by Mr. Bennett, early on, but I don’t think there has been anything since the storm passed. Very frustrating.

Josephene

Totally unfair to the homeowners. I have no clue what happened to my home and who to contact. Can someone fill the rest of us in. It would be greatly appreciated.

Jamille

Yes, hello, Mayor G? I know you’re probably assessing island, but come on, your town wants to hear from you.

Craig Milnes

I think you the folks who work for our town government have a few different and more important issues to deal with than what your concerns are at the moment. Perhaps that is why sites such as this are doing so well. I have not heard anything about my home either but I will eventually.

Terry

I think we are all upset and hoping for info. I’m sure with the Power out, the very few emergency staff left behin. They are focusing on getting conditions safe for our return. With an event this severe we all need to excercise patience.
I am almost 200 miles away and very worried about my place by the beach on 8th street. God bless the emergency staff and us home owners. We are praying for us all.

Sari

It’s a shame that the people that were riding around Brig plowing sand, cutting down trees, and getting the power pack on in 24 hours did not have time to tweet!

and if one of those people was about to turn your power on, and they stopped to tweet, you’d be okay with that?

Jerry

Amen!!! Shame on you Brigantine officials!!!

David

100% agree and it’s not due to their concern over our safety but more due to their convenience. Totally unacceptable!

susan schofield

absolutely agree!!! Thank God for the people who stayed behind and ignored the evacuation , they are our only source of info.

Barbara F

Scott, I totally agree with your comments.
Thank heavens for the Brigantine Now site, otherwise I would have no idea what was happening on the island. All the police station site says “do not call”.

110% agree, the police department arrogantly post warnings to not to call them about the status of our home or when we can get back in. Maybe they should have an admin answer calls and update anxious residedents abou whats going on. Isn’t public communication to the people who pay their salaries part of their responsibility? It only take 5 minutes to post an update on their web site.