Brigantine Solicitor; Fred Scerni, finally spilled the beans about the so-called, un-signed terms & conditions between Mad Dog Morgan & Meadowbrook Golf Management company (manages Brigantine LINKS). Could Mad Dog be selling booze without proper state filings? Could this all be happening without a signed contract between Meadowbrook & Mad Dog? Could the City of Brigantine be held liable for allowing their concessionaire liquor license at THE LINKS to be mishandled?
SEE VIDEO from the Brigantine City Council meeting of April 15, 2015. (WATCH BELOW)
According to recent article in the Press of Atlantic City, and full page ads in the local Brigantine papers, Mad Dog Morgan has already started to advertise & sell food and liquor at the Links clubhouse, now called ‘Morgans Pub and Grill’.
To date, Mad Dog Morgan has not successfully applied with the NJ STATE ABC. (Alchoholic Beverage Control Liquor compliance)
Brigantine Mayor Guenther & Councilman Simpson are also on the hot seat as they have shown support for this Mad Dog Morgan & Brigantine Golf Links Deal, but claim to have not been involved in the process that Mr. Scerni seems to be brokering.
The Mayor has suggested that he may have no rights to even seeing the agreement between Mad Dog & Meadowbrook.
Nathan Robbins, general manager for The Links, said he met with three interested individuals on March 19. Meadowbrook was said to have entered into an agreement with Morgan on March 26, but Robbins said he was unable to let anyone have a copy of the contract. (Read more in Press of Atlantic City)
Some of the new agreement terms include: Meadowbrook/Mad Dog Morgan to only pay the city $1,000 per month from the food and beverage operation at the Links Golf Course.
The City of Brigantine will now pay the Meadowbrook Golf Management company $6,000 per month for services that have yet to be documented and shared with the public.
According to a recent OPRA request acquired by the Brigantine Taxpayers Association, The City of Brigantine (as of April 15) is not aware of any paperwork or contract between the City’s leasee: Meadowbrook Golf Management, and 3rd party vendor; Mad Dog Morgan (owner of Morgans Pub and Grill)
In 2008, The City of Brigantine had a revenue split with Meadowbrook:
- Net income $25,000 and below – Brigantine to get 20%
- Net income $25,000-$50,000 – Brigantine to get 30%
- Net income over $50,000 – Brigantine to get 40%
NJ State liquor (ABC) has been made aware of this situation and are looking into the matter. Solicitor Scerni mentioned that NJ ABC has already been on site at the Links Clubhouse in Brigantine. “I have not seen the agreement between Meadowbrook & Vendor (Mad Dog Morgan)” says Mayor Guenther.
During the April 15 meeting, Scerni suggested that Mad Dog is now lawyering up, but is not sure of the risk being assumed by Mad Dog & Meadowbrook in reference to NJ State ABC laws.
Both Councilman Delucry & Mayor Guenther asked Solicitor Fred Scerni if he has a copy of the proposed (but not acceptable) agreement between Morgan & Meadowbrook. He said yes.
Delucry asked Links manager; Nathan Robbins if there was an agreement. Nathan said yes.
ABC liaison; Police Chief Tim Reed, was not in attendance, but did ‘text-in’ some information to City Clerk Lynn Sweeney during this portion of the council meeting. As the Brigantine ‘eyes and ears’ for the state ABC, Chief Reed’s duties include keeping an eye on local liquor liscense issues like the Mike Snyder – Tun Tavern transfer, Mad Dog Morgan using Brigantine’s concessionaire liquor liscense, and resident; Mike Feeley’s plan to run a beer & music festival on Brigantine Beach later this Summer
- Council majority lead by Guenther & Simpson turned down proposal from Ron Jaworski Golf last month.
- Golf course utility is operating at a $342,000 deficit. Taxpayers handle this loss, but now have no access to profit upside of the Food & Beverage.
- Brigantine Taxpayers cover costs of management contract, as well as golf carts, fertilizer and seed.
- Republican Councilman Andy Simpson, a partner in Bootleggers Liquors in EHT, wants golf course to be a not-for-profit.
- Democratic Councilman Delucry believes most of the golf proposals / agreements being talked about “are an absolute sham”. Delucry said; “We should be going back to Ron Jaworski on our hands and knees.” Read more in Press of Atlantic City